Tigers Take 13 First Place Finishes at SEMO
April 7, 2012
"We definitely took a step in the right direction," said head coach Kevin Robinson. "We won 13 events today, had multiple season and personal-bests and competed very well across the board. This team has come a long way but we are not satisfied."
Senior Robert Jackson took first in the men's 110m hurdles crossing the line at 14.37, while teammate Tyrell Forde (14.66) took third. In women's 100m hurdles Quaniqua Jones finished in first with a time of 14.54.
The Tigers took first and third in the women's 400m dash with Keyona Neal (55.31) taking the top spot followed by teammate Maya Williamson (57.44). Kala Funderburk took second in the women's 200m dash and set a new personal-best with a time of 24.29.
In the women's 800m run, Monica Mason (2:17.80), Nandia Taylor (2:18.25) and Jasmine Darden (2:18.29) placed first through third for the Tigers. On the men's side, Julien Wolf (1:54.47) and James Maglasang (1:54.50) took second and third, as Abdi Guleed (1:54.84) and Stephan Ender (1:55.07) finished sixth and seventh. Wolf's time was a new personal-best for the freshman.
Louisa Lingley (4:34.45) and Jasmine Darden (4:40.94) finished first and third in the women's 1,500m run. For the men, Keenan Joyner took seventh with a time of 4:05.87. Fellow distance runner Dan Kuhman took first in the 5,000m run crossing the line at 15:14.96.
In the shot put Britta Jaarats (14.39m), Allison Hotz (14.34m) and Anna-Maria Bischof (14.26m) finished first, second and third for the women. Andrew Miller (15.74m) placed the highest for the men in seventh.
The Tiger men swept the top four spots in the javelin with Casey Carl (61.71m) taking first followed by Kyle Bynum (61.03m), Thomas Poole (52.46m) and Austin Crenshaw (50.43m). Bischof took first in the women's javelin with a throw of 42.40m as teammate Xenia Rahn finished second at 40.66m. Bischof also took second in the discus with a mark of 45.04m.
In the long jump, Jaleen White (6.80m) and D'Ernest Rucker (6.74m) took third and fourth for the men. Rucker's mark was a new personal-best for the sophomore. For the women, Xenia Rahn (5.45m) and Laura Toldy (5.39m) placed second and fourth respectively.
Memphis picked up a trio of top finishes in the pole vault as Karlis Pujats (5.08m) and Austin Crenshaw (4.98m) took first and second for the men, while Sabrina Hochreuther (3.65m) took first for the women.
Sophomore Darius Lynwood picked up another first place finish in the men's high jump clearing the bar at 2.13m. Pulling double-duty, Lynwood placed third in the triple jump and set a new personal-best with a leap of 14.10m.
Memphis track and field squads return to action next Saturday when they travel to Oxford, Miss, for the Mississippi Open hosted by Ole Miss.