Tigers Close LSU Relays With Added Improvements
March 27, 2010
Baton Rouge, La. – With several Memphis student-athletes recording improved marks in day one of the LSU Relays, the University of Memphis track and field teams returned to the Bernie Moore Track Stadium at Louisiana State University on Saturday looking to accumulate more improvements.
After a record breaking indoor season, sophomore Karlis Pujats made his first appearance outdoor’s for the Tigers on Saturday. Pujats finished third with a vault of 5.07m (16-07.50), just three centimeters shy of the outdoor record.
Junior Holland Thomas posted her second-straight fourth place finish in the 400m hurdles. Thomas crossed the finish line with a time of 1:03.38. In the men’s 400m hurdles, junior’s Richard Lowe and Nick Harold finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Lowe finished with a time of 54.88 seconds with Harold finishing in 56.62 seconds.
Sophomore Robert Jackson posted his second top-five performance of the young outdoor season in the 110m hurdles with a fourth place finish. Jackson crossed the line with a season-best time of 14.46 seconds.
Freshman middle distance runner Abdi Guleed and junior Guy Hudson helped the Tigers to two more top-five finishes in the 800m run. Guleed finished second with a personal-best time of 1:52.90 followed by Hudson in fifth place with a personal-best time of 1:54.11.
Sophomore distance runner Kayleigh Brown ran her first 1,500m run competition of the season and finished second. Brown crossed the line in 4:50.65 seconds to establish a personal-best time. Brown was joined by sophomore Jasmine Darden and freshman Louisa Lingley in the top-10. Darden (5:03.14) finished ninth with Lingley (5:10.96) finishing 10th.
Freshman distance runner Brieuc Vandeleene also established a personal-best in the 1,500m with his first competition on Saturday. Vandeleene collected a top-five finish with a time of 3:58.59.
Senior Seth Major competed in the men’s shot put competition, finishing sixth. Major recorded a mark of 15.85m (52-00.00) for the Tigers.
The Lady Tigers 4x400m relay finished sixth with a time of 3:54.42. Sophomore Keyona Neal anchored the race followed by freshman Monica Mason, Thomas and freshman Holly Joiner. The men’s 4x400m relay team of freshman Stephan Ender, Lowe, sophomore Alex Sweet and Nick Harold finished seventh with a time of 3:16.74.
The Tiger track and field squad returns to action next weekend at the Joey Haines Invitational in Cape Girardeau, Mo.