Winbush Qualifies for Regional in Long Jump for Second-Consecutive Year
April 15, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - It definitely was not the best weekend of the year for the Memphis men's track and field teams, yet the squad still got a regional qualifying performance out of Brandon Winbush at the Sea Ray Relays and an event title from Deante Lamar at the Lee Calhoun Memorial.
Winbush inked his name in the regional lineup for a second-straight year in the long jump with a leap of 24-02.25" (7.37m), which was good enough for seventh in the strong field.
Lamar, competing in his first meet as a Tiger, took the event crown, winning the 100m in Macomb with a time of 10.93.
Willie Logan was the only other athlete to claim a top-two finish on the weekend, as he finished second to Lamar in the 100m with a time of 10.99.
Several additional Tigers did post solid results at the Sea Ray Relays, though none logged top-ten showings. Most notably, Larry Harris clocked the fastest time in C-USA this year in the 110m hurdles, setting a personal best with a time of 14.33s, while logging a season best in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.92. Daniel Bandy set a personal and season best in the 100m at Sea Ray with a time of 10.85, while Willie Green was the top finisher for the U of M in the 100m, clocking a time of 10.82.
On the women's side, the top performances were much more prevalent, as the Lady Tiger squad saw three school records and five regional marks at the Sea Ray Relays and two event titles at the Lee Calhoun Memorial.
Gail Lee was the top performer for the U of M, breaking her own records in both the shot put and hammer, while also bettering previous regional qualifying marks in the two events. The junior finished second both the shot and hammer at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., recording marks of 52-09.50" (16.09m), and 183-09" (56.01m), respectively.
Daniele Riendeau posted the final Lady Tiger record, as she finished second in the 10,000m at Sea Ray with a personal-best time of 37:21.51, bettering the previous record in the event by over three minutes.
Throwers Sivan Aballi and Susan King added the remaining three regional-qualifying marks in Knoxville, though neither of the two bettered previous regional efforts from earlier in the season. Aballi posted two regional marks, finishing seventh in the discus and eighth in the shot put with throws of 156-06" (47.70m) and 48-10.75" (14.90m), respectively, while King placed seventh in the shot put with a toss of 49-01.50" (14.97m).
The two Lady Tiger event titles came at the Lee Calhoun Memorial in Macomb, Ill., where LaShunda Flake and Ashley Stewart claimed a win apiece. Flake won the 100m in a personal-best time of 11.92, while Stewart won the 400m hurdles with a personal-best time of 1:06.02.
Lady Tiger athletes also registered several more solid showings at the Lee Calhoun Memorial. Flake added a second placing second in the 200m in a time of 25.00 to her win in the 100m. Josetta Brooks placed second in the 100m hurdles with a season-best time of 14.41. Maria Majzik finished second in the long jump with a season-best leap of 18-02.50" (5.55m) and Cassandra Harding finished second in triple jump with a bound of 36-01.00" (11.00m).
The U of M track and field team will be back in action next weekend as they travel to Nashville, Tenn., for the Vandy Relays on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22.