Memphis Readies for Ole Miss Invitational
April 12, 2013
OXFORD, Miss.-University of Memphis track and field squads will take a trip down I-55, on Saturday, for the Ole Miss Invitational. The short trip should help the Tigers as they look for improved performances coming off a strong showing at the Auburn Tiger Classic one week ago.
"We like going to Ole Miss because we don't have to travel far," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "It does not disrupt the practice schedule much and it does not disrupt the classroom schedule much. It's a great facility to compete at and if the weather is permitting we should be able to put up some more good performances."
For the men, multi-event athletes Turre Hollo and Luis Hanssler will compete in the decathlon for the first time this outdoor season. Both Tigers made strong showings during the indoor season in the indoor heptathlon, with Hanssler taking silver at the Conference USA Indoor Championships.
"Every week we the team gets a little bit better and a little bit tougher mentally," Robinson said. "We're adapting and overcoming some changes. It will help propel us to the next weekend at Auburn which will be a big one for us."
Action at the two day meet gets underway Saturday with a full slate of events beginning at 9 a.m. (CT). Day two of the meet will begin Sunday at 10 a.m. with the conclusion of the heptathlon and decathlon. Results from both days of the meet will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.
Tigers in the USTFCCCA South Region
In the men's South Region Event Index, three Tigers make an appearance in the top-15. Georgio Lynwood is tied for fifth in the high jump with his season-best of 2.15m (7'.5").
Fellow jumper Manuel Zeigler ranks sixth in the triple jump with at 15.34m (50'4.5"). Thrower Kyle Bynum also holds a No. 6 ranking with a mark of 64.17m (210'6") in the javelin.
On the women's side, six Tigers appear in the latest South Region Event Index. Kala Funderburk holds down the No. 2 spot in the 400m with her school-record performance of 52.92.
Maya Williamson takes the No. 7 spot in the 400m hurdles with her season-best of 59.68. Williamson, Funderburk, Monica Mason and Keyona Neal show up at No. 2 in the 4 x 400m relay with their school-record performance of 3:35.54.
Moving to field events, Sabrina Hochreuther ranks fifth in the pole vault with her school-record mark of 3.90m (12'9.5"). In the shot put, Vivian Brandhoff takes the No. 5 spot with her personal-best of 14.89m (48'10.25").
Women's Records Fall
Kala Fundeburk broke her own record in the 400m with a time of 52.92. Funderburk surpassed her previous mark of 53.76 set during the 2012 outdoor season. Funderburk holds both the indoor and outdoor program-records in the 400m.
Funderburk along with Maya Williamson, Monica Mason and Keyona Neal broke their own 4 x 400m relay record in a time of 3:35.54. The group bested their previous record set at the 2012 NCAA East Preliminary of 3:37.45. The record setting team holds both the outdoor and indoor record in the event.
Sabrina Hochreuther etched her name in the program's record book for a second time in the pole vault with a new outdoor pole vault record of 3.90m (12'9.25"). Hochreuther passed Whitney Bolton's mark of 3.75m (12'3.5") set in 2008. Hochreuther like the other record setting athletes this outdoor season, holds both the outdoor and indoor record In her event.
Funderburk Flying in the 400m
Last Time Out
Kala Funderburk, Monica Mason, Keyona Neal and Maya Williamson broke their own program-record in the women's 4 x400m relay at a time of 3:35.54 taking second place. Funderburk set a second program-record in the women's 400m clocking in at 52.92 taking third.
Williamson took sixth in the women's 400m hurdles in a time of 59.68. In the men's 400m hurdles, Brandon Williams took 12th at 53.91, while teammates Ojike Maat (54.82) and Aaron Willet (55.80) took 21st and 28th respectively with new personal bests.
Georgio Lynwood racked-up a podium finish taking second in the high jump with a leap of 2.15m (7'0.5"). In the women's high jump invitational, Laura Toldy placed eighth at 1.67m (5'5.75"), teammate Kirsten Berding took second in the women's high jump open clearing 1.67m (5'5.75")
Memphis scored a pair of top-10 finishes in the women's pole vault with Sabrina Hochreuther (3.90m, 12'9.5") and Carolina Carmichale (3.75m, 12'3.5") placing seventh and 10th. Hochreuther's mark was a new program-record.
Kyle Bynum took third in the men's javelin invitational with a throw of 63.75m (209'2") with teammate Thomas Poole taking ninth at 56.74m (186'2"). Xenia Rahn took fourth in the women's javelin invitational with a mark of 40.25m (132'1").
In the men's shot put, Yannik Schaly (17.04m, 55'11") and Andrew Miller (15.94m, 52'3.75") took sixth and 12th respectively. For the women, Vivian Brandhoff took fifth throwing a new personal-best of 14.89m (48'10.25"), with teammates Britta Jaarats (14.03m, 46'0.5") and Allison Hotz (13.74m, 45'1") taking seventh and eighth.
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