@MemTigersTF_XC Women Take Second at SEMO
April 5, 2014
Cape Girardeau, Mo.-The University of Memphis women's track and field squad took second place (154 points) overall at the Joey Haines Invitational hosted by SEMO, on Saturday. SEMO took first (206 points) at the team scored meet, with Saint Louis placing third (65.50 points).
The Tigers notched a combined 20 points in the 100m and 200m. DaQuanya Byrd-West took second in the 100m (eight points) with a time of 12.15. In the 200m, Byrd-West took second (eight points) at 25.18, with Destinee Landsden taking fifth (four points) at 25.59.
Landsden and Monica Mason added 13 points in the 400m. Landsden tallied eight points finishing second in a time of 57.16. Mason picked-up five points with her fourth place finish at 57.66.
In the 800m, Memphis scored 18 points. Julia Merbach took first in a time of 2:14.37 for 10 points, with Jenny Johnston taking second in a time of 2:14.84 for eight points.
Martina Rodriguez and Nandia Taylor totaled 16 points in the 1,500m. Rodriguez took first for 10 points crossing the line at 4:43.28. Taylor took third in the event with a time of 4:50.26 for six points.
The 5,000m saw the Tigers add nine team points. Erica Owen placed seventh with a time of 19:34.94 notching five points, with Claire Cash adding four more points with an eighth place finish of 19:51.64.
Maya Williamson took the title in the 400m hurdles for 10 points with a time of 58.07. Meghan Christensen added six more to the team total with her third place finish of 1:07.46. In the 4 x 400m relay, the team of Christensen, Rodriguez, Johnston and Sydney Wright placed third for six points crossing the line at 4:03.68.
Memphis scored big in field events. Carolina Carmichael and Kimi Jennings tallied 17 total points in the pole vault. Carmichael took the title at a height of 3.77m (12'4.50") for 10 points. Jennings tied for second place for seven points clearing 3.47m (11'4.50"). In the triple jump, Chardae Greenlee added five more points with her fourth place finish of 12.35m (40'6.25").
Throwers Vivian Branhoff and Britta Jaarats took podium finishes in the shot put totaling 16 points. Brandoff scored 10 points taking the title with a mark of 15.37m (50'5.25"), Jaarats took third for six points landing at 14.58m (47'10").
Brandhoff added 10 more points with another first place finish in the discus with a throw of 47.28m (155'1"). On day one of the meet, Cyarra Welss and Brandhoff scored 10 points in the hammer throw. Cyarra Wells was the top-finisher for Memphis throwing 47.95m (157'4") for fifth place and six points. Vivian Brandhoff placed seventh for four points with a throw of 46.00m (150'11").
The Tigers will return to competition on April 18 at the War Eagle Invitational hosted by Auburn. For more information on the University of Memphis track and field program please visit GoTigersGo.com.