Tigers Successful at Ole Miss Invitational
April 9, 2007
MEMPHIS - Battling injuries and bitterly cold conditions, the Memphis track team managed to grind out a productive day at the Ole Miss Invitational on Saturday as the Tigers won six event titles and saw a school record fall on the women's side.
"It was cold and the conditions were not really conducive for good performances" Memphis head coach Kevin Robinson said. "We still managed to win six events and that's better than we have ever done here."
Freshman middle distance runner Tina Sherratt ran a 2:11.73 and won the 800 meters, breaking the previous school record in the event by just under three seconds.
Thrower Gail Lee won the women's shot put and discus. Lee produced another throw of over 50 feet in the shot, reaching a mark of 50-07.25. Lady Tiger Nikole Jackson finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 42-00.50.
In the men's 400-meter hurdles Larry Harris and Amaechi Oselukwue finished in first-place and third-place respectively with times of 52.70 and 54.36. Harris likely would have run the 52.51 necessary to qualify for the NCAA Regional but stumbled over one hurdle, which cost him valuable time.
Junior Chen Edri cleared 5-07 in the high jump for the second straight week and finished second in the event Saturday. Lady Tiger Gaylon Muhammad also finished in second-place and produced a new PR in the triple jump. The Little Rock native leaped a distance of 39-01.75.
Ashton Baldwin cleared 11-05.75 in the pole vault for the third time in the outdoor season on her way to a second-place finish in that event.
The Tigers will compete next week in the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn.
"We were trying to survive this meet and not come out with any more injuries," Robinson said. "The Sea Rays next weekend is our biggest meet of the season, and we'll take our best kids. We'll be ready."