Memphis Readies for C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships
Feb. 22, 2013
Birmingham, Ala.-University of Memphis track and field squads return to Birmingham, Ala. this weekend for the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Tigers look to improve on last year's performances that saw both the men's and women's teams take fourth place overall.
"The team has come together and we are ready to compete," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "On paper right now we look pretty solid, but once you get to that championship it does not matter what's on paper. We've got to step up and perform. We cannot be concerned about what Houston does, what UCF, Tulsa or anybody else does. We have to step up and perform at our best."
Two returning athletes will seek to defend their C-USA Indoor Titles. Men's high jumper Georgio Lynwood took gold last year's championships with a leap of 2.17m (7'1.5"). On the women's side, thrower Cyarra Wells is out to defend her gold in the weight throw, Wells won the event in 2012 with a personal-best toss of 19.33m (63'5").
An advantage the Tigers may have is familiarity with the event venue. The C-USA Indoor Championships mark the third meet the Tigers will compete in at the Birmingham CrossPlex this season. In two prior visits this indoor season, the Tigers set several new personal-bests and three new program-records in the women's 400m (Kala Funderburk, 54.17), women's 800m (Maya Williamson, 2:10.53) and women's 4 x 400m relay (Funderburk, Williamson, Keyona Neal and Monica Mason; 3:42.10).
The C-USA Indoor Championships get underway Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT), with day two of the event slated to being at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Results from both days will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they become available.
Where the Tigers Rank in the USTFCCCA South Region
In the USTFCCCA Men's South Region Event Index, the distance medley relay team of Julien Wolf, Brandon Williams, Godfrey Fayne and James Maglasang rank fifth with their season-best time of 10:01.31. In the high jump, Georgio Lynwood ranks fourth with his season-best of 2.14m (7'.25").
Pole vaulters Austin Crenshaw (5.25m, 17'2.75") ranks fourth with Pauls Pujats (5.10m, 16'8.75") tied for fifth. In the triple jump, Manuel Ziegler ranks seventh with his season-best leap of 15.74m (51'7.75").
In the USTFCCCA Women's South Region Event Index, Kala Funderburk ranks fifth in the 400m with her school-record time of 54.17. Funderburk along with teammates Keyona Neal, Monica Mason and Maya Williamson rank seventh in the 4 x 400m relay with their program-record time 3:42.10.
Xenia Rahn is tied for the sixth spot in the high jump with her school-record height of 1.81m (5'11.25"). Rahn also ranks first with here program-record of 4,191 points in the pentathlon .
In the pole vault, Sabrina Hochreuther and Clara Amat Fernandez are tied for fifth with their school-record mark of 3.90m (12'9.5"). Throwers Cyarra Wells (18.80m, 61'8.25") and Britta Jaarats (18.79m, 61'7.75") rank fourth and fifth respectively in the weight throw.
Last Time Out
Memphis jumpers picked up a pair of first place finishes in the high jump. Kirsten Berding and Laura Toldy tied for first on the women' side of the event as both cleared 1.65m (5'5"). For the men, Georgio Lynwood took first clearing 2.13m (6'11.75").
Rahn notched a new personal-best with a first-place leap of 5.95m (19'6.25") in the women's long jump. Quaniqua Jones took fourth at 5.15m (16'10.75") with Byrd-West placing fifth at 4.89m (16'.5"). Manuel Ziegler took first on the men's side with a personal-best of 7.32m (24'.25").
Ziegler took first in the men's triple jump with a leap of 15.31m (50'2.75"). For the women, Sydney Wright finished second with a personal-best jump of 11.30m (37'1").
Memphis women finished one-two in the weight throw. Jaarats took first with a mark of 18.79m (61'7.75) with Wells taking second at 18.49m (60'8"). On the men's side, Andrew Miller took fourth with a throw of 17.34m (56'10.75").
What the Tigers Did a Year Ago at the C-USA Indoor Championships
Senior Robert Jackson repeated as C-USA Indoor Champion in the men's 60-meter hurdles netting 10 overall points for the men. The hurdler took gold with a time of 7.88. Jackson's mark was a new personal-best in the event, eclipsing his previous best of 7.96 set in his gold medal performance at the 2011 C-USA Indoor Championships. The mark was just shy of the program record of 7.84 held by former Tiger and Olympian Daniel Kiss.
Fellow senior Karlis Pujats scored 10 points for the men and repeated as the C-USA Indoor Champion in the pole vault. Pujats took gold with a height of 5.23m (17-01.75). The senior bested his 2011 C-USA Indoor Championship performance of 5.20m (17-05.75), and recorded his second best vault of the 2012 indoor season.
Georgio Lynwood took gold and scored 10 team points in the men's high jump leaping a new personal-best of 2.17m (07-01.50). In just her second year competing in the weight throw; Cyarra Wells scored 10 points for the Memphis women taking gold with new personal-best toss of 19.33m (63-05.00).