Memphis Track Impressive on Day One of Kickoff Klassic
Dec. 2, 2006
JONESBORO, Ark. - The Memphis track and field team opened its indoor season Friday on day one of competition at the ASU Kickoff Klassic, and first-year head coach Kevin Robinson was thrilled as the Tigers and Lady Tigers posted several outstanding performances.
"I thought that for our first meet we did extremely well," said Robinson. "All of our hurdlers made it through to the final tomorrow, and I was impressed with our sprinters in general. We still have a lot of building to do, but I thought that we looked good today."
Hurdler Stephon Greenlee took first place in his semifinal heat of the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.72 and will compete in the finals Saturday. Fellow hurdlers Amaechi Oselukwue and Larry Harris will join Greenlee in the finals as well.
Freshman Glenn Edwards took fourth in the weight throw with a toss 49-4 3/4. Senior Norbert Gulyas also made it into the points with a sixth place finish.
On the women's side, Eryka Morris shattered the school record in the pentathlon by nearly 300 points, scoring a total of 3296 and finishing second overall in her first ever multi-event competition.
Freshman sprinter LaShundra Kershaw ran a 7.14 in the 55 meters in her first ever indoor competition to qualify for Saturday's final.
Pole-vaulter Whitney Bolton reset her own school record and personal best, clearing 11 feet and scoring for the Lady Tigers with a third place finish.
In her much awaited return to indoor competition, senior All-American Gail Lee did not disappoint throwing an impressive 61-4 1/2 and besting her nearest competitor by almost five feet. Lee will compete in the shot put Saturday.
Freshman Angela Wigley came up with a surprising throw of 51-5 in the weight to take a fourth place finish in first collegiate event. Sivan Aballi also scored for Memphis in the weight with a fifth place finish and broke her PR with a throw of 49-0.
"I thought the women's field events were great," said Robinson. "I think we've found a new home for Eryka Morris in the pentathlon and Whitney set a new record in the pole vault. Gail was just off her personal best by about three inches, but it is impressive to see her throwing this far in December."