Memphis Claws through the Auburn Tiger Classic
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-University of Memphis track and field squads wrapped up competition at the Auburn Tiger Classic, on Saturday, bringing home several top-10 finishes and a two new program records.
Kala Funderburk, Monica Mason, Keyona Neal and Maya Williamsonbroke their own program-record in the women's 4 x400m relay at a time of 3:35.54 taking second place. The group surpassed their previous record of 3:37.45 set during the 2012 outdoor season.
Funderburk set a second program-record in the women's 400m clocking in at 52.92. Funderburk broke her own record of 53.76 set during the 2012 outdoor season.
Williamson took sixth in the women's 400m hurdles in a time of 59.68. In the men's 400m hurdles, Brandon Williams took 12th at 53.91, while teammates Ojike Maat(54.82) and Aaron Willet (55.80) took 21st and 28th respectively with new personal bests.
Three Tigers took top-10 spots in the women's 800m. Nandia Taylor (2:13.16), Louisa Lingley (2:13.24) and Jenny Johnston (2:13.66) placed seventh, eighth and ninth. In the men's 800m, Godfrey Fayne (1:53.40) and Austin Carter(1:54.01) were the top-two finishers for Memphis placing 15th and 18th. Carter's performance was a new personal-best in the event.
Lingley took ninth in the women's 1500m crossing the line at 4:36.05. On the men's side, Carter set another personal-best at 3:52.09 to take 11th, with James Maglasangtaking 16th at 3:55.36.
In the men's 5000m, Dan Kuhman placed 13th with a new personal best of 14:49.51. As the Tigers only entrant in the women's 3000m steeplechase, Meagan Nicholstook 11th in a time of 12:02.93, a new personal-best for the sophomore.
Georgio Lynwood racked-up a podium finish taking second in the high jump with a leap of 2.15m (7'0.5"). In the women's high jump invitational, Laura Toldy placed eighth at 1.67m (5'5.75"), teammate Kirsten Berdingtook second in the women's high jump open clearing 1.67m (5'5.75").
Hanssler took ninth in the men's long jump with a personal-best mark of 7.03m (23'0.75"). DaQuanya Byrd-Westset a new personal-record in the women's long jump at a distance of 5.30m (17'4.75"). Manuel Zeigler took second in the men's triple jump with a leap of 15.35m (50'4.5").
Memphis scored a pair of top-10 finishes in the women's pole vault with Sabrina Hochreuther(3.90m, 12'9.5") and Carolina Carmichale (3.75m, 12'3.5") placing seventh and 10th. In the men's pole vault, Time Jones took 18th at a height of 4.30m (14'1.25").
Moving to throwing events, Yannik Schaly (17.04m, 55'11") and Andrew Miller (15.94m, 52'3.75") took sixth and 12th respectively. For the women, Vivian Brandhoff took fifth throwing a new personal-best of 14.89m (48'10.25"), with teammates Britta Jaarats (14.03m, 46'0.5") and Allison Hotz(13.74m, 45'1") taking seventh and eighth.
Brandhoff set another personal-best in the women's discus with a ninth place throw of 43.50m (142'8"), while Anna-Maria Bischoftook 16th at 41.05m (134'8"). Miller placed eighth in the men's discus with a mark of 48.18m (158'1").
In the men's hammer open Tom Willcox took seventh with a mark of 48.91m (160'5"). Miller (55.30m, 181'5") and Hubber (46.24m, 151'8") finished 12th and 15th respectively in the men's hammer invitational. For the women, Cyarra Wellstook 11th in the women's hammer invitational with a throw of 47.47m (155'9").
Hanssler took sixth in the men's javelin open at a distance of 50.34m (165'2"). Kyle Bynum took third in the men's javelin invitational with a throw of 63.75m (209'2") with teammate Thomas Poole taking ninth at 56.74m (186'2"). Xenia Rahntook fourth in the women's javelin invitational with a mark of 40.25m (132'1").
The Tigers return to action next Saturday at the Ole Miss Invitational. For more information on the University of Memphis track and field programs and all Tigers athletics, please visit GoTigersGo.com.