Memphis Women Finish Second at C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-University of Memphis women's track and field team finished second overall at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday. The Tigers' recorded their highest point total (93 points) and best all-time finish at the event.
"It's difficult to put into words where we've come from," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "This team was an afterthought for so many years, but we as coaches believed and we got girls that bought in. We've really started to develop a culture of champions and we finally have a women's team that belives in themselves."
Kala Funderburk took gold and 10 team points in the 400m with a new program-record of 53.96. Fundurburk surpassed her own program-record set this season of 54.17. Funderburk also took fourth in the 200m breaking her own program-record with a time of 24.09 to pick up five points.
Maya Williamson notched eight team points with her program-record and silver medal time of 2:08.71. Williamson broke her program-record of 2:10.53 set this earlier this season.
The women picked up two more points in the mile run. Louisa Lingley finished ninth setting a new program-record of 4:51.44. Lingley broke her own program-record of 4:54.44 set in 2012. On day one of the meet, Ligley along with Nandia Taylor, Mason, and Laura Toldyscored four points with a fourth-place finish of 11:49.99 in the women's distance medley.
In the shot put, Vivian Brandhoff (14.62m, 47'11.75"), Allison Hotz (14.34m, 47'.75") and Britta Jaarats(13.99m, 45'10.75") finished fifth, sixth and eighth respectively. The group gave the Tigers a combined eight point towards the overall score.
Xenia Rahn took silver at a height of 1.73m (5'8") scoring eight points for the women. Kirsten Berding and Laura Toldyboth cleared 1.68m (5'6") finishing fourth and fifth respectively notching a combined nine points.
On day one, Rahn took gold in the women's pentathlon tallying 4,004 points, tying the C-USA Indoor Championships' meet record held by former Memphis athlete Charlotte Abrahamsenset in 2008. During the course of her pentathlon win, Rahn placed first in three events taking the top spot in the shot put (12.50m, 41'.25"), long jump (5.87m, 19'3.25") and tying for first in the high jump (1.72m, 5'7.75").
Rahn's pentathlon gold netted the women's team 10 overall points. In the open long jump, Rahn picked up three more team points with a sixth-place leap of 5.79m (10').
In the pole vault, the program-record was raised once again by Clara Amat Fernandez and Sabrina Hochreuther. The duo both cleared 3.94m (12'11") surpassing the school-record of 3.90m (12'9.5") that Amat Fernandez and Hochreuther each posted earlier in the indoor season. Based on tie breaker rules, Amat-Fernandez took silver with Hochreuther taking bronze as Amat Fernandez was able to clear previous heights in the progression in few attempts.
Cyarra Wellstook fourth place in the weight throw netting five points with a personal-best throw of 19.41m (63'8.25"). Wells previous best was 19.39 set at the 2012 C-USA Indoor Championships.
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