Feb. 20, 2009
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The University of Memphis track and field team had 10 combined men's and women's event champions at the Redhawks Invitational on Saturday.
"Overall, I believe we did what we wanted to do here," said head coach Kevin Robinson. "We improved our performances over the year and we've prepared our best kids for the conference meet next week in Houston."
Event champions on the men's side included Knut Syversen who won the shot put event with a season best throw of 16.94m. Steffen Nerdal took home the event championship in the weight throw with an NCAA provisional mark of 21.14m. Brian Prackett won the pole vault event with a height of (14-06.00). Aaron Whetstone grabbed the triple jump championship with a leap of (48-00.75)
Harding Zills recorded a personal best mark in the weight throw with a toss of (54-11.25) and threw a season best mark in the shot put with a mark of (47-07.25.)
Robert Jackson grabbed the event championship with a first-place time of 7.78 in the 55m hurdles. In the 400m dash, Alex Sweet took home the 400m dash championship with a time of 51.34 with Richard Lowe right on his tail with a second-place time of 51.35.
On the women's side, Sivan Aballi took first place in the shot put with a throw of 14.93m (48-11.75). Inger Anne Froysedal grabbed two first-place finishes in both the high jump with a personal best mark of 1.77m and the triple jump with a leap of (39-08.00). LaBritney Horton took home the 200m dash championship with a time of 26.08.
In the shot put event for the Lady Tigers, Karmyn Clark grabbed a personal best throw in the shot put with a second-place toss of 14.62m and Charlotte Abrahamsen threw a season best mark with a third-place throw of 14.37m.
"I think this meet gives our athletes some confidence heading into conference," said Robinson. "It will allow us to be able to compete and hopefully we'll have a top-3 team finish and have a lot of elite individual performances as well. We're looking forward to it and we're excited. Hopefully, things will progress and next week we'll be where we want to be."
This is the final meet for the Memphis track and field squad before the 2009 C-USA Indoor Championships taking place on Feb. 27-28. in Houston, Texas.