Nerdal, Winbush and Lee Earn C-USA Titles on Day Two of Championships
May 12, 2007
HOUSTON - Tigers Steffen Nerdal, Gail Lee and Brandon Winbush each picked up conference titles for the Memphis track and field team as action from the Conference USA Outdoor Championships continued Friday at Rice's Track Stadium.
After Friday's events the Tiger men sit in second place (69.50 points) only three and half points behind first-place Houston (73 points). The Lady Tigers (31 points) are tied with Houston for fourth-place heading into the final day of competition.
Nerdal became the first Tiger athlete to take home a conference crown with a first-place finish in the hammer throw. His mark of 189-09 was enough to unseat two-time defending champion Terrance Myers of East Carolina. It is the first C-USA title for the Bergen, Norway native, who finished third in the weight throw at the C-USA Indoor Championships in February.
Winbush picked up the first C-USA title of his career Friday with a leap of 23-10.00 in the long jump. The senior had previously broken 25-feet this season for the first time in his career and led C-USA in the long jump coming into the meet.
After coming close to winning the women's hammer on Thursday, Lee would not be denied in the shot put Friday, putting up a season best throw of 54-00.50. The win gives Lee the fifth C-USA Championship of her career, tying her for the second most ever by any male or female competitor behind only Head Coach Kevin Robinson's seven.
In the men's pole vault, Brian Prackett came away with a career best third-place conference finish, clearing a height of 14-01.75.
Decathlete Jason Morgan led off the day with a time of 15.73 and a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. Morgan moved up from his sixth-place day one position to finish in fifth-place overall and earn four points for the Tigers.
Glen Edwards came up just short in his attempt to take a second straight C-USA men's shot put title. After taking the indoor shot put championship in February, Edwards throw of 55-04.75 was good enough to earn second-place in the event Friday. The Baltimore native also earned points for Memphis with his sixth-place finish in the hammer throw.
As expected the men's javelin trio of Christian McDonald, Jason Theodorakas and Tyler Frazier scored very well. McDonald came away with a second-place finish and a mark of 208-02. Theodorakas and Frazier finished in fourth and sixth-place respectively.
On the track, the hurdles trio of Amaechi Oselukwue, Larry Harris and Stephon Greenlee each qualified for the finals of the 110-meter hurdle and 400-meter hurdle events. 100-meter school record-holder Willie Green finished third in the prelims of that event, and 800-meter man Sam James qualified with a seventh-place overall finish.
Junior Chen Edri scored twice for the Lady Tigers on Friday. The Nazareth, Israel native earned an eighth-place finish in the women's javelin with a throw of 128-07 and also placed second in the women's high jump with a clearance of 5-08.75.
Sophomore Emily Malinowski finished fifth in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase.