Mississippi Open Offers Last Test Before C-USA Outdoor Championships
April 30, 2010
Memphis, Tenn. – Representing the final test prior the 2010 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the University of Memphis track and field teams will travel to Oxford, Miss. for the Mississippi Open on Sat., May 1.
Saturday’s events are slated to begin at 10:00 a.m. with the women’s hammer and women’s javelin competition. The women’s 5,000m run at 11:00 a.m. is the first running event of the day. The last event of the day is scheduled to be the men’s 4x400m relay at approximately 8:00 p.m.
The Tiger track squad had a very productive meet two weeks ago, hosting the Memphis Tiger Invitational. After a week of training, head coach Kevin Robinson is ready to see more improvements with the C-USA Championships looming.
"We need to turn in fast times, big throws and huge jumps in order to obtain good seeds heading into the conference meet so we can compete at the highest level come May 13,” Robinson said. “We're really excited and expect to see some very positive things happen this weekend."
The Tigers hold seven qualifiers for the NCAA Track and Field East Regional slated to begin on May 28 in Greensboro, N.C. Senior Steffen Nerdal holds two marks including a 70.00m (229-08) mark in the hammer throw and 52.89m (173-06) mark in the discus. Junior Knut Syversen holds a regional qualifying mark of 60.90m in the hammer throw, but is inches away from qualifying in the discus and shot put. Senior Seth Major holds a qualifying mark of 53.72m (176-03.00) in the discus and is just shy of qualifying for the regional shot put competition.
Sophomore pole vaulter Karlis Pujats joins the fray of qualifiers with a vault of 5.18m (17-00.00). On the track, junior Richard Lowe is qualified for the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.32 seconds. Sophomore Robert Jackson is qualified for the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.21 seconds.
Junior sprinter LaShundra Kershaw holds two qualifiers. With a time of 11.61 seconds in the 100m dash, Kershaw is qualified for the regional. The Lambert, Miss., native is also qualified in the 200m dash after posting a school record time of 23.50 seconds earlier this season.