Tiger Track and Field Finds Success in Oxford Again
April 23, 2011
OXFORD, Miss. - The University of Memphis track and field team continued its Easter weekend campaign, with a myriad of personal- and season-bests at the Mississippi Open, Saturday.
Junior hurdler Tayanna Simpson continued her assault on the record books, lowering the school 100m hurdles record to 13.73 seconds to finish fourth. She maintains her fifth-place position within C-USA in the hurdles.
Both regional candidates from the men's hurdles squads turned in their season's-bests in Oxford. Senior Richard Lowe shaved better than two-tenths of a second of his mark, finishing third with a 51.78 mark in the 400m event; that mark should comfortably move Lowe into the top 40 in the nation in the 400m hurdles.
Junior Robert Jackson tied his 14.02 mark, previously set at the LSU Relays, to win the 110m hurdles, his second victory in the outdoor hurdles in 2011.
Senior LaShundra Kershaw set a season-best in the 200m dash, finishing fourth with a 23.53 mark. The mark is six-hundredths of a second off Kershaw's personal best, set at last season's Memphis Tiger Invite.
In the triple jump, senior Jerome Leslie was second with a 15.31m (50' 2.75") mark, second-longest of the season, for his third top-five finish of 2011.
In women's pole vault action, junior transfer Janelle Mason set a personal-best with a 3.57m (11' 8.50") mark to finish seventh.
The throwers displayed their usual prowess, even after an evening's journey from Nashville following competition at yesterday's Vanderbilt Invitational. Senior Marina Vojinovic showed no ill effects from the travel, picking up her second top-five finish of the weekend in the shot put with a 14.64m (48' 0.50") to finish third.
Freshman Anna Bischof picked up top-five finishes in the shot put (fourth, 14.58m) and the discus (third, 44.61m) in Oxford, with the shot put mark a personal-best.
Freshman William Hubber obliterated his personal-best in the hammer throw by better than eight feet, finishing as the runner-up with a 56.33m (184' 10") toss.
Javelin hurler Casey Carl continued a productive weekend, picking up his second top-five finish with a fourth-place, 56.65m (185' 10") mark in Oxford after winning the javelin at Vanderbilt.
Carl's fellow winner in Nashville, sophomore Tom Willcox, added two more top-five finishes to his weekend, with a fifth in the shot put (16.37m; 53' 8.50") and a fourth-place mark in the hammer throw (49.89m; 163' 8").
Sophomore Savvas Arestis continued his string of top-fives, with his sixth in a row in Oxford. The Larnaca, Cyprus native was runner-up with a 51.49m (168' 11") toss.
The Tigers will be home next weekend for the annual Memphis Tiger Invitational, beginning with the hammer throw Friday and continuing all day Saturday. Check back with gotigersgo.com and the official Memphis Track and Field Facebook page for more updates.