Busby Becomes Third Memphis Athlete to Reach NCAA Provisional Qualifying Mark
Feb. 12, 2005
Fayetteville, Ark. - University of Memphis triple jumper Janon Busby was not able to pick up his fourth meet title of the season Saturday at the Tyson Invitational in Fayettteville, Ark., but he did accomplish the more important feat of becoming the third Memphis athlete to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Beyond Busby's performance, several other U of M athletes also put up strong showings in incredibly strong meet, which featured 13 of the top-25 teams in the nation on both the men's and women's sides.
After fouling on his first jump and recording a mark of 49-07.00" in his second effort, Busby made the most of his third attempt by chalking up a season-best mark of 51-00.25" (15.55m). He as unable to best that mark in either of his last two attempts, but the result was good enough for a sixth-place finish and, most importantly, the provisional mark.
Other U of M men who displayed strong performances in the meet were Daniel Kiss, Gary Nemeth, Austin Hunter and Imre Lorincz. Kiss, who became the first Tiger to reach a provisional mark, put up another provisional time of 7.84s in the 60m hurdles to claim a fifth- place finish. Nemeth, Hunter and Lorincz each logged season-best tallies in the 200m, 400m and long jump, respectively, with marks of 22.05s, 48.34s and 22-09.00" (6.93m).
Two Memphis women also claimed top-10 finishes in Fayetteville as Chen Edri grabbed eighth in the high jump and Cassandra Harding placed ninth in the triple jump. Edri posted a leap of 5-07.00" (1.70m), while Harding recorded a season-best effort of 37-09.50" (11.52m).
The U of M track and field squads will now focus their attention toward next weekend's SEMO Invitational, which will serve as a final tune up for Conference USA Championships, which will be held in Houston, Texas, February 25-26.