Tigers Set for NCAA East Preliminary
May 22, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C.-Memphis track and field athletes have their sights set on the NCAA East Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary set to being on Thursday. The Tigers are sending a program-record of 19 athletes to the postseason with 18 going to the preliminary and one already qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championship.
"What I am trying to convey to the team is that qualifying is not the goal, but competing at your highest level when you get there," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "Making to the regional is not the destination for us, it's a step in a journey that we hope will continue."
Eight women qualified for the NCCA East Preliminary. Kala Funderburk (400m, 4 x 400m relay), Keyona Neal (400m, 4 x 400m relay), Maya Williamson (400m hurdles, 4 x 400m relay), Monica Mason (4 x 400m realy), Sabrina Hochreuther (pole vault), Clara Amat Fernandez (pole vault), Vivian Brandhoff (shot put), and Britta Jaarats (shot put) will represent Memphis in the preliminary round. This will be Funderburk, Neal, Williamson and Mason's second straight appearance in the NCAA postseason, with Hochreuther, Amat Fernandez, Brandhoff and Jaarats making their first appearance.
The Memphis men's team recorded 10 qualifying marks for the NCAA East Preliminary. Brandon Williams (400m hurdles), Georgio Lynwood (high jump), Austin Crenshaw (pole vault), Pauls Pujats (pole vault), Nate Arnold (pole vault), Luis Hanssler (long jump), Manuel Ziegler (triple jump), Andrew Miller (hammer throw), Yannik Schaly (shot put) and Kyle Bynum (javelin) will represent the Tigers in the postseason.
This year marks the third year in a row that Crenshaw and Williams have qualified for the preliminary round. Bynum and Lynwood will make their second straight appearance, while Arnold, Pujats, Hanssler, Ziegler, Miller and Schaly will be making their first appearance.
The Tigers will have one multi-event athlete represent the program at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship set for June 5-8, in Eugene, Ore. Xenia Rahn qualified for the women's heptathlon with her 5,463-point performance at the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. This will be Rhan's first post-season appearance in outdoor competition.
This year's NCAA East Preliminary, host by North Carolina A & T, is set to begin on Thursday and will conclude on Saturday. Day one begins at 9 a.m. (CT) with field events followed at 3:30 p.m. (CT) by preliminary round track events. Results from the NCAA East Preliminary will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.