Lee Qualifies for Regionals, Sets School Record in Shot Put
March 25, 2006
OXFORD, Miss. - Gail Lee qualified for NCAA Regionals and set a school record in the shot put, while J.D. Erickson picked up a victory and improved his regional qualifying mark in the hammer to headline the Memphis track and field teams' performances at the Ole Miss Dual Meet.
Lee won the shot put with a NCAA Mideast Regional qualifying mark of 49-09.00" (15.16m). The mark was also a new Lady Tiger record, bettering the previous record that Sivan Aballi set just a week ago at the Rhodes Open. Lee added a third-place finish in the hammer with a throw of 163-00.00" (49.68m).
Erickson won the hammer and improved his regional qualifying mark in the event with a throw of 187-09.00" (57.23m), while finishing second in the shot put with a mark of 55-07.75" (16.96m).
Susan King was the only other Memphis athlete to take home an event title on the day, but she did so in two events. The junior won the discus with a throw of 146-00.00" (44.50m) and won the hammer with a personal-best effort of 169-07.00" (51.70m).
Whitney Bolton added a second Lady Tiger record, as she cleared a height of 10-06.00" (3.20m) in a second-place finish in the pole vault, equaling her indoor school record in the event.
The Lady Tiger team had an outstanding showing in the shot put, claiming each of the top-five spots, including Lee's victory. Aballi placed second with a toss of 45-07.75" (13.91m). King finished third with an effort of 44-09.75" (13.66m). Nikole Jackson placed fourth with a throw of 41-01.75" (12.54m), and Annette Uzoh placed fifth with a mark of 40-09.75" (12.44m).
The women's squad saw three additional top-five performances. Aballi posted a second-place showing in the discus with a throw of 144-05.00" (44.01m). Emily Malinowski finished third in the 1500m with a time of 4:48.79 and Cassandra Harding placed fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 36-06.25" (11.13m).
On the men's side, Amaechi Oselukwue and Norbert Gulyas were the only athletes outside of Erickson to register top-five finishes, but both did so in two events. Oselukwue finished third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 55.54 and fifth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.13. Gulyas finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 155-10.00" (47.50m) and placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 47-08.50" (14.54m).
Both the Tiger and Lady Tiger squads will be back in action next Saturday, April 1, when they travel to Starkville, Miss., for the Bulldog Invitational, hosted by Mississippi State University.