Tigers Set for War Eagle Invitational
April 18, 2013
AUBURN, Ala.-University of Memphis track and field squads will make their second trip to Auburn University this outdoor season for the War Eagle Invitational on Friday.
"This should be a highly competitive meet," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "We did this meet last year and there were a number of professional athletes and SEC schools. We're hoping to be in a situation to where we can compete against some of the better teams in the country. If we can do so and if the weather will cooperate, I think our team will come back with some pretty solid performances."
The Tigers have improved steadily throughout the outdoor season, with the men's and women's squads recording new program records and personal bests. With only two regular season meets left the Tigers look to make a final push to the finish with the Conference USA Outdoor Championships looming.
"I definitely think we are improving, as a coach the improvement never comes quickly enough," Robinson said. "We have a tremendous amount of talent, it's the most talented team I've ever coached here. We have to put these athletes in a position where at one meet each and every one of them steps up at the same time.
Day one action at the War Eagle Invitational gets underway at 2 p.m. (CT) with field events (men's and women's hammer throw, men's and women's triple jump, men's and women's javelin). On Saturday, competition resumes at 11 a.m. (CT) with remaining field events followed at 1 p.m. (CT) by running events. Results from both days will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.
Tigers in the USTFCCCA South Region Rankings- 4/18/13
Seven men and six women make an appearance in the South Region Event Index top-eight. For the men, Georgio Lynwood is tied for fifth in the high jump at 2.15m (7'0.5"). Luis Hanssler is tied for sixth in the long jump at 7.49m (24'7"), with Manuel Zeigler holding down the No. 8 spot in the triple jump at 15.35m (50'4.5").
In throwing events, Andrew Miller sits at the No. 8 spot in the hammer with his season-best of 58.71m (192'7"). Kyle Bynum ranks seventh in the javelin with a mark of 64.17m (210'6"). In multi-event competition, Luis Hanssler ranks third in the decathlon with his program-record 7,365 points, while teammate Tuure Hollo is tied for eighth at 6,102 points.
On the women's side, Kala Funderburk ranks second in the 400m with her program-record time of 52.92. Maya Williamson holds down the No. 3 spot in the 400m hurdles with her program-record 58.45. In the 4 x 400m relay, Funderburk, Williamson, Monica Mason and Keyona Neal rank second with their program-best of 3":35.54.
In field events, Sabrina Hochreuther ranks sixth in the pole vault with her program-record of 3.90m (12'9.5"). Vivian Brandhoff also ranks sixth in the shot put with her personal-best of 14.89m (48'10.25").
Kuhman Running at Kansas Relays
Making the Grade
Additionally, 23 cross country athletes and 33 track & field athletes were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. Student athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll must maintain a GPA average of 3.0 or better.
The recent academic accolades add to an impressive list of honors the Tigers have received in the last year. In February, both the men's and women's cross country squads were tabbed 2013 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams, with the men recording the highest GPA of men's programs to receive the honor. Following the 2012 outdoor track and field season, both the men's and women's teams were named 2012 USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams, with four Tigers taking individual honors.
Last Time Out
Maya Williamson took first in the women's 400m hurdles with a new program-record of 58.45. Williamson broke her own record in the event of 58.97 set during the 2012 outdoor season.
In other strong performances, Georgio Lynwood took first place in the men's high jump at a height of 2.13m (6'11.5"). On the women's side, Xenia Rahn and Laura Toldy took first and second place in the high jump with Rahn leaping a personal-best 1.75m (5'8.75") and Toldy clearing 1.70m (5'7").
Sophomore Austin Carter also notched a first place victory in the men's 1,500m. Carter recorded a time of 3:52.29 to take the title.
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