Track and Field Gets Ready For C-USA Championships
Feb. 28, 2008
HOUSTON, Texas - The University of Memphis men's and women's track and field programs will compete in the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. The meet will be held at the University of Houston's Yeoman Fieldhouse on Friday February 29 and Saturday Mach 1.
The women's side is highlighted by an all-around core group. Susan King and Sivan Aballi stand 1-2 in the shot put. King leads the throws as she ranks No. 4 in the nation in the shot put and stands atop the C-USA leader board. Aballi sits in the No. 2 position in the conference and No. 19 in the nation in the shot put.
Pentathletes Charlotte Abrahamsen and Eryka Morris are among the top in the women's pentathlon as they face-off in the competitive event. The pole vaulting duo of Whitney Bolton and Ashton Baldwin are two veterans who will look to soar to new heights. The pair finished second and third in the event last year.
The men's team is looking to continue off an amazing outdoor season last year. The Tigers enter the meet with C-USA top performances by Steffen Nerdal and Glen Edwards. Nerdal has an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 19.56 meters in the weight throw which leads the conference. He was named C-USA Male Indoor Athlete of the Week, this past week. Edwards is returning to defend his title in the shot put. He has a conference leading mark in the shot put of 17.29 meters. Memphis holds the top four performances in the men's shot entering this weekend's competition.
Top performances throughout the season from newcomers Frashod Barlow and Aaron Whetstone will be a highlight to the weekend. Barlow ranks second in the 60-meters entering this weekend's festivities. Whetstone who earned C-USA Indoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week twice this season, ranks in the top ten in both the long and triple jump.
The women's team placed fifth last year, while the men's team tied for fourth.
All-session tickets are available for only $15 for adults and $8 for youth. Single-day tickets are available for $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. All students from Conference USA schools are admitted free with a valid student ID.
Fans can also track the championship via live scoring by logging onto http://www.flashresults.com/flashtexas/cusaindoor08/.