Tiger Track Competes in Only Home Event This Weekend
March 31, 2000
Memphis, Tenn.-- - The University of Memphis track teams will participate in their only home meet of the season, beginning with the men's and women's hammer throw and 10,000 meter run, Friday. The Tigers will co-host the Big Cat Classic with Rhodes College.
With 10 of the 18 men's team members being from Memphis, the Tigers hope to continue to improve on C-USA leading performances in front of a home crowd.
Raleigh-Egypt graduate Delvit Rogers leads the Tigers by having provisionally-qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in two events, the long jump and the triple jump. Rogers, whose 16.05 meter triple jump leads the conference, will look to improve in both of those events when the long jump kicks off at 9 a.m., Saturday.
The Tigers have been strong in the field events, as two other Tigers have league-leading performances in three events. Junior Jeff LaRusso, a graduate of Christian Brothers High School, leads the league in the pole vault with a vault of 4.75 meters (15-7).
Also leading C-USA is senior Jason Garrison, a Kirby High School alum. Garrison, who won the indoor C-USA Championships in both the weight throw and the shot put, leads the conference in the shot put (53-11.75) and the hammer throw (185-7) and is third in the league in the discus (168-8). Garrison was a walk-on for the Tigers as a freshman and is now joined by his brother, Justin, on the roster. Justin ranks 10th in C-USA in the shot put with a distance of 45-1.
The Tigers have also had outstanding performances in the running events. Junior Larry Crawford, a product of Craigmont High School, finished fifth out of 75 runners in the 100-meter dash at last weekend's Alabama Relays and leads Conference USA in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes with best times of 10.4 seconds and 20.94 seconds, respectively. Crawford won the 55-meter dash at the C-USA Indoor Championship meet a month ago.
Right on Crawford's heels has been Tiger sophomore Franck Dradhiou. The Senegal native is second in the league in the 100 and 200 with times of 10.43 seconds in the 100 and 21.39 seconds in the 200.
Central and East High School have each added to the Tiger program, with freshman Tim Parkes and junior Chris Ingram. Ingram is third in the league in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.31 seconds, while Parkes is ranked 14th with a time of 51.13.
The men's distance runners are still competing at shorter distances to get ready for the remainder of the outdoor season, but has made an impact in some shorter races in their first two meets of the outdoor season.
Senior Kevin Foltz (Flushing, MI/Flushing), coming off a second-place finish in the mile at the Indoor Championships, is currently ranked second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:54.43. One of just three seniors on the team, Foltz also ranks 10th in the 800 with a time of 1:56.46.
Also adding to the distance team mix is freshman Andre Lucas (Toronto, Canada) and junior Christian Schmallegger (Loeben, Austria). Lucas, who was coached by Tiger alum Ed Raposo at Michael Power High School is currently ranked third in the 800 with a time of 1:54.69. Schmallegger, who was also the cross country team's No. 1 runner for most of the fall season, is ranked sixth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:59.15.
The schedule for events is as follows:
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
4:00 p.m. Hammer (W-M)
4:30 p.m. Women's 10,000-meter run
5:30 p.m. Men's 10,000-meter run
SATURDAY, APRIL 1
9:00 a.m. Discus (W-M)
Long Jump (M-W)
High Jump (W-M)
11:00 a.m. Pole Vault (W-M)
12:00 p.m. Javelin (M-W)
Women's 4 x 100 relay
12:10 p.m. Men's 4x100 relay
Note: All running events on rolling schedule after 4x100 relay
12:20 p.m. Men's 3000 steeplechase
12:30 p.m. Triple Jump (M-W)
12:35 p.m. Women's 1500 meter run
12:45 p.m. Men's 1500 meter run
1:00 p.m. Women's 100 high hurdles
1:10 p.m. Men's 110 high hurdles
1:20 p.m. Women's 400
1:30 p.m. Men's 400
1:40 p.m. Women's 100
1:50 p.m. Men's 100
2:00 p.m. Shot Put (W-M)
2:10 p.m. Men's 800
2:20 p.m. 20 MINUTE BREAK
2:40 p.m. Women's 400 hurdles
2:50 p.m. Men's 400 hurdles
3:00 p.m. Women's 200
3:10 p.m. Men's 200
3:20 p.m. Women's 3000
3:40 p.m. Men's 5000
4:05 p.m. Weightman's Relay
4:15 p.m. Women's 4x400 Relay
4:25 p.m. Men's 4x400 Relay