Tigers to be Without Top Hurdler to start Outdoor Season
March 12, 2004
MEMPHIS-The University of Memphis track team will be without its top hurdler Daniel Kiss (JR./Budapest, Hungary) for most of the 2004 outdoor season. Kiss has suffered a stress fracture in his right leg and will be out for 4-6 weeks. Kiss may recover in time to compete in the C-USA Outdoor Championships in Mid-May.
"It had been bothering him for some time," said Men's track Coach Glenn Hays. "We thought it was just 'shin splints', but x-rays showed he had a stress fracture."
Kiss was ranked third in the conference in the 60m hurdles but failed to place at the C-USA Championships as he was hampered by his injury.
In other track & field injury news, sprinter Willie Green (So./Augusta, Ga.) returned to full training this week. Green missed all of the 2003 outdoor season with a left hamstring injury. He missed most of the indoor season in 2004 after re-aggravating the injury. Green is one of C-USA's top sprinters when healthy. He placed third in the 60m at the 2003 C-USA Indoor Championships. Senior NCAA Qualifiers Mate Nemeth (Szekszard, Hunagary) and Gaute Myklebust (Sand, Norway) have also returned to full training. Both had been competing with injuries. Nemeth was battling a sore Achilles tendon and Myklebust injured his throwing shoulder earlier this year. Both athletes are now near 100 percent.
The Tigers open the 2004 outdoor season on March 27 at the Mississippi State Invite.