Erickson Successfully Defends Shot Put Title on Day Two of C-USA Indoors
Feb. 26, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas - A day after finishing second and provisionally qualifying for NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw, J.D. Erickson successfully defended his 2005 indoor shot put title to post an even bigger performance on the second day of the C-USA Championships at Yeoman Fieldhouse in Houston.
Erickson posted his winning toss with a mark of 58-03.25" (17.76m) on the first of his six efforts to take his second-career C-USA crown and provisionally qualify for the NCAA meet as well. On day one of the meet, Erickson finished runner-up in the weight with a mark of 63-10.50" (19.47m) to hit the provisional qualifying mark and also break the Tiger record for the event.
The second-best performance for Memphis likely came from fellow Tiger Brandon Winbush, who missed a conference title of his own by just a quarter of an inch and finished second in the long jump with a mark of 23-06.00" (7.16m). Winbush added a seventh-place effort in the triple jump on day two with a leap of 44-04.00" (13.51m) to pick up a second scoring performance.
Riendeau picked up two top-eight showings and two school records for the meet. The junior logged a time of 9:47.70 to finish third in the 3000m and break her own record for the event a day after placing sixth in the 5000m with a school-record time of 17:46.09.
King had a slightly sub-par effort in both the shot put and weight throw in her first C-USA meet, but still managed to pick up a runner-up showing in the shot. The League City, Texas native posted a toss of 47-09.00" (14.55m) to claim the second-place tally and eight points for the Lady Tigers.
Sivan Aballi posted the next-best showing for the U of M women, as she placed third in the shot with a mark of 45-09.00" (13.94m). The only remaining Lady Tigers to score in the meet were Annette Uzoh and Nikole Jackson, who placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the weight throw with marks of 55-06.25" (16.92m) and 54-10.25" (16.59m).
On the men's side, the U of M got several additional solid performances to supplement the efforts of Erickson and Winbush.
Larry Harris and Amaechi Oselukwue posted two of the strongest showings for the Tigers, logging somewhat surprising performances in the 60m hurdles to pick up a total of 13 points. Harris, who was competing in the event for the first time at a C-USA meet, registered a personal-best time of 8.25s to finish second, while Oselukwue finished fourth in a time of 8.35s.
Willie Green finished in the top-three in the 60m for the second-consecutive year, placing third in the event with a time of 6.81s, after finishing second in 2005. Memphis also got a solid showing from Daniel Bandy in the 60m, as he finished seventh with a time of 6.95s.
Norbert Gulyas placed fifth in the shot with a toss of 51-04.50" (15.66m), after placing fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 49-07.00" (15.11m). The pair of top-eight showings marked the sixth and seventh times that the junior has scored at C-USA meets.
Austin Hunter picked up his fourth-career scoring performance in the 400m, placing seventh in the event with a time of 49.06s.
The men's 4x400m relay team placed sixth to add three additional points and round out the scoring for the Tigers.
The Memphis men placed fifth in the team competition with a total of 61.50 points. UTEP won the men's competition with 167 points, while Houston finished second with 153 points.
The U of M women finished in ninth place with 28 points, with Houston totaling 141.50 points to take the team title and Rice tallying 126 to finish second.
A majority of the U of M squads will now have three weeks off before the beginning of the outdoor season. Erickson however, still has a shot to move on to the NCAA Indoor Championships, as he will have to wait and see if either or both of his provisional qualifying marks meet the standard for the NCAA meet.