Amat-Fernandez Breaks Program Record at John Craft Invitational
CHARLESTON, Ill.- Memphis indoor track and field squads clawed through the John Craft Invitational hosted by Eastern Illinois, on Saturday. The Blue and Gray's field event athletes claimed center stage taking several individual titles and breaking one program-record.
Freshman pole vautler Clara Amat Fernandez broke the indoor school-record and took second in the women's pole vault with a vault of 3.85m (12-07.50). Fernandez surpassed the previous program-best of 3.75m (12'3.5") that both Whitney Bolton and Ashton Baldwin cleared in 2008. Fellow women's vaulter Carolina Carmichael took fourth clearing 3.70m (12'1.5").
The Memphis men and women made a clean sweep in the high jump. Xenia Rahn took first for the women with a new personal-best of 1.75m (5'8.75"). Fellow jumper Kirsten Berding took third with a leap of 1.65m (5'5"). On the men's side, Georgio Lynwood took first at a height of 2.07m (6'9.5"). Lynwood picked up another first place finish in the men's triple jump at 13.41m (44').
Tiger throwers also made a clean sweep in the men's and women's shot put. Yannik Schaly (17.43m, 57'2.5") and Andrew Miller (16.43m, 53'11") placed first and second for the men. Schaly's throw of 17.43m (57'2.5") was a new personal-best for the freshman.
On the women's side of the shot, Vivian Brandhoff found the top of the podium with a new personal-best of 14.42m (47'3.75"), beating her previous best of 14.15m (46'5.25"). Anna-Maria Bischof (13.62m, 44'8.25"), Britta Jaarats (13.55m, 44'5.5"), Allison Hotz (12.84m, 42'1.5"), Rahn (12.63m, 41'5.25") and Cyarra Wells (11.39m, 37'4.5") finished third, fourth, sixth, seventh and tenth respectively.
Wells and Jaarats placed first and second in the women's weight throw. Wells landed at a distance of 18.61m (61'.75"), with Jaarats at 18.45m (60'6.5"). Wells' mark established a new John Craft Invitational meet record. For the men, Andrew Miller (17.69m, 58'.5"), Will Hubber (16.79m, 55'1") and Matt Sipe (15.07m, 49'5.5") finished fourth, fifth and sixth.
In the women's long jump Sydney Wright took second place with a new personal-best of 5.24m (17'2.25"). In the men's long jump Jaleen White (6.65m,21'10") and Crenshaw (6.59m ,21'7.5") finished third and fourth.
"It was a very positive performance for our field events squad," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "Personal-bests throws by both Vivian and Yannik to win both shot events. It was also a very good one-two performance for Cyarra and Britta in the weight throw. It was a tremendous meet for Xenia, winning the high jump with a new personal best, placing second in the hurdles with another personal best, and making the finals in the shot put. Plus a new school record in the women's pole vault by Clara, who is just a freshman for us."
Moving to track events, three Tigers took top-five finishes in the women's 60m hurdles. Rahn took second place with a new personal-best of 8.65 with Quaniqua Jones and Bronte Smith placing fourth and fifth with times of 8.95 and 9.00 respectively.In the men's 60m hurdles, Tyrell Forde took second crossing the line at 8.22.
DaQuanya Byrd-West took second in the women's 60m at a time of 7.74. Pulling double-duty, Byrd-West took second in the 200m at 26.40, with Jeannuel Williams checking in at third place with a time of 26.82.
In the men's 200m, Brian Work took fourth with a time of 23.39. Word also took second in the 400m dash crossing the line at 50.35. Three Tigers took top-five finishes in the men's 600m as Godfrey Fayne (1:23.69), Jeremy Rice (1:24.51) and Justin Pinkston (1:26.22) placed second, third and fifth.
Memphis runners picked up a pair of second place finishes in the mile run. Louisa Lingley (5:15.79) took second for the women, with James Maglasang (4:18.43) placing second for the men. In the 800m, Julien Wolf (1:56.83) and Maglasang (2:00.15) took second and fifth for the men, with Nandia Taylor (2:18.89), Jennifer Johnston (2:19.93) and Taylor Kriha (2:20.19) finishing third, fourth and fifth for the women.
The meet was capped off with Memphis taking a pair of second place finishes in the 4 x 400 relay. The men's squad of Fayne, Wolf, Rice and Pinkston clocked a time of 3:27.07 for the podium finish. On the women's side, the team of Laura Toldy, Taylor, Johnston and Kriha grabbed the No. 2 spot in a time of 4:04.33.
The Tigers return to action next Friday and Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational hosted by the University of Kentucky. The meet will mark the second trip to Lexington, Ky. this indoor season for competition. For more information on the University of Memphis track and field program and all Tigers athletics please visit GoTigersGo.com.