Tigers Look to Make a Run at C-USA Indoor Track Championship
Feb. 22, 2001
Memphis, Tenn.---- After posting two top five finishes and a top three finishes at the last three indoor championships, the Memphis Tiger track and field team is hoping that 2001 is their breakthrough year. The Tigers have nine student-athletes ranked in the top three in the conference in their respective events, with the Conference USA Indoor Championships being determined this weekend at the University of Houston.
But the road to a league championship could be difficult in that host Houston is seeking its fifth consecutive C-USA indoor championship and Charlotte is looking to become a top team with Southern Miss' departure from the C-USA track and field ranks.
In the sprints, the Tigers have a potent line-up. Senior Larry Crawford (Memphis, Tenn./Craigmont) is currently ranked second in the league behind Houston sophomore Robert Foster in the 60-meter dash, and is ranked third in the league behind Foster and Charlotte sophomore Abraham Morlu in the 200 with a best time of 22.25 seconds.
Crawford leads a deep line-up of Tiger sprinters. Of the top 17 sprinters in the 60 this year, Memphis has five of the top performers. Freshman Ivan Williams is looking to make a splash at his first league championships. The Georgia native is currently ranked fourth in the league in the 60 and sixth in the 200. Junior Franck Diadhiou, sophomore Michael Woods (Memphis, Tenn./Central) and freshman Darron Brown are also ranked in the top 11 in the league in the 60.
Another Memphis native, Chris Ingram, could make an impact in the 400-meter dash. The senior is currently ranked second in the league in the 400, with a best time of 49.01. Charlotte's Adam Evans has the fastest performance of the season in 48.33. Junior Kris Harmon (Bartlett,Tenn./Bartlett) is ranked fourth in the 400, with a best time of 49.81.
In the middle distance events, the Tigers have the top-ranked performers. Sophomore Andre Lucas (Toronto, Ontario) is the top ranked 800 runner in the conference with his time of 1:54.75. He should figure into the thick of things in the 800, along with DePaul's Kai Murray, Marquette's Ryan Jacobson and Luke Kunze and Houston's Alexander Winstel.
Senior Stefan Matshiner is the top ranked runner in the 3000. The Tiger posted a best 3000 time of 8:17.25 in the finals at Arkansas, and will battle with Charlotte's Kenneth Svendsen and DePaul's Matt Plano for the 3000-meter crown. Matshiner is also ranked third in the conference in the mile, behind Tulane's Solomon Kandie and Kunze from Marquette. Memphis sophomores Ryan Smith and Balazs Laszlo could also figure in either the mile or the 3000.
The Tiger field crew will feel the loss of defending hammer throw champion Jason Garrison, who graduated last year, but will now look to pick up a lot of points from the jumps. Junior Delvit Rogers, who is automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump and is provisionally-qualified in the long jump, is the top-ranked triple jumper in the field and is ranked second in the long jump behind Charlotte's William Montgomery. Junior Courtland Perry is ranked fifth in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump.
The Tiger throwers could be paced by a freshman for the first time in years. Freshman Adam Martin (Monett, Mo./Monett High School) is ranked fourth in the shot and the weight throw heading into this weekend's championships. Freshman Greg Doughty (Benton, La./Benton) is ranked fifth in the shot and Joe Gerda , a football player participating in track for the first time this year, is ranked sixth in the shot. Junior Justin Garrison (Memphis, Tenn./Kirby) is ranked seventh in the shot and sixth in the weight throw.
Friday, Feb. 23
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