Tigers in Sixth place after day one of C-USA Indoor Championships
Feb. 27, 2004
HOUSTON-The University of Memphis completed competition in day one at the C-USA Indoor Track & Field Championships being held at the Yeomen Fieldhouse on the University of Houston campus.
The Tigers are in sixth place after day one with 14 points. Southern Miss scored 30 points to lead after day one, with Marquette scoring 22 points followed by DePaul whom scored 21 points. The Lady Tigers failed to score a point on day one and are in 13th place. USF scored a whopping 48.50 first day points and lead Tulane (26) and ECU (19) on the women's side. Both TCU and Houston are expected to make pushes toward the title on both the men's and women's side as day two will consist of the finals in the sprint competitions where each school excels.
Senior Adam Martin placed third in the weight throw with a toss of 16.86m. Teammate freshman Norbert Guylas added one point for the Tigers placing eighth in the weight throw with a toss of 13.70m. Junior Janon Busby placed fourth in the high jump by clearing 2.02m. It was a season personal best mark for Busby. Szaboles Karadi placed seventh in the 5000m run with a time of 15:25.82. Mate Nemeth, who has been hampered by sore achilles tendon did not compete in the 5000m, and event he placed second in last year at the C-USA Championships. Nemeth will compete in tomorrow's 3000m run.
Tigers Michael Mentz (800m, 1:56.58), Ivan Williams (200m, 21.75/60m, 6.75) and Austin Hunter (400m, 48.41) all advanced to tomorrow's finals in their respective events with top-eight performances in the prelims.
The Lady Tigers failed to have an athlete qualify for the finals in the sprints and middle distance events. Becca McMahon (800m, 2:24.13), Michel Wilson (800m, 2:24.11) and Daniele Riendeau (800m, 2:24.94) all competed but did not qualify in the 800m. Josetta Brooks ran a 8.15 in the 60m prelims. She did not advance. Sue-Ann Bowen (1:02.21) and Zsofia Nagy (1:05.58) both competed in the 400m preliminaries, but neither earned a time to reach tomorrow's finals. Nagy also ran a 27.75 in the 200m.
All three Memphis hurdlers had a disappointing meet. Daniel Kiss, ranked second in the 60m hurdles in the conference entering the meet, ran an 8.49, well below his season best and failed to advance to the finals. Preston Taylor tied Kiss with an 8.49. Sheena Ohlig recorded a 9.44, finishing 12th in the women's prelims in the 60m hurdles.
Day two should be an eventful one as the C-USA Championships are more wide open than ever. Hoping for big points in the shot put and distance events, the Memphis men look to climb in the standings, while the Lady Tigers await Lisa-Marie Hyman's attempt at a fourth crown in the triple jump.
Check back at gotigersgo.com for complete results and a full meet recap Saturday night.