Hurdlers and Jumpers Shine at Mississippi Open
April 24, 2005
Oxford, Miss. - On a cool spring day in Oxford, the Memphis hurdlers and jumpers put together several sweltering performances to lead the track and field squads at the Mississippi Open, hosted by Ole Miss. Senior Daniel Kiss highlighted the Memphis exploits, as he improved his nationally ranked and Regional qualifying time in the 110m hurdles, setting a school record in the process.
Kiss put together his third stellar race in three trips to Oxford, posting a time of 10.67s 110m hurdles to improve upon his previous time of 10.80s, which ranked fourth in the nation entering the meet. The mark also set a new Tiger record for the event, breaking Olympian Terron Wright's record of 10.79s from 1981. Kiss finished second in the race, just behind All-American Antwon Hicks of Ole Miss, who is currently the top-ranked collegiate hurdler in the country.
In addition to Kiss, two Lady Tiger hurdlers had big days at in Oxford. Leading the way was junior Josetta Brooks, who put up her second-consecutive solid performance in the 400m hurdles logging a time of 1:03.73 to break TriNikka Davis' Lady Tiger record and post back-to-back victories in her specialty event. Fellow hurdler, Sheena Ohlig added her best performance of the season, setting a personal record of 14.40s in a second-place tally in the 100m hurdles.
Tiger 400m hurdler Larry Harris also had his best performance of the season, logging a time of 55.07s for a second-place finish.
The jumping events, which have been a strong suit of the U of M squads throughout the season, produced two further victories along with a runner-up finish.
Janon Busby posted two solid performances, claiming a first and a second-place finish. The senior's victory came with a personal-best leap of 6-08.75" (2.05m) in the high jump, while he finished runner-up to All-American Brandon Atkinson of Ole Miss in the triple jump with a bound of 50-00.00" (15.25m) to best the Regional qualifying standard for the fourth time of the season.
Lisa-Marie Hyman registered the second victory, taking her third triple-jump title in five meets with a mark of 41-00.00" (12.70m), which bettered the Regional qualifying standard, although the senior had previously qualified with a school-record leap of 42-00.75" (12.82m).
In other jumping action, Chen Edri placed third in the high jump with a leap of 5-05.00" (1.65m), also placing third in the javelin with a toss of 123-10" (37.75m).
The U of M throwers saw a pair of athletes, Norbert Gulyas and Sivan Aballi, put up two top-four performances apiece. Gulyas registered two top-three showings, finishing second to former U of M star Stein Syverson in the shot put with a season-best effort of 50-03.50" (15.33m) and placing third in the discus with a toss of 161-00" (49.08m). Aballi recorded two top-four performances, placing second in the discus with a heave of 141-08" (43.17m), while posting a fourth-place toss of 40-06.25" (12.35m) in the shot put to record a personal best in the event for the third meet in a row.
The running events produced several more solid results for both the Tigers and Lady Tigers. Leading the way was Willie Green, who set a personal record in the 100m for the third time of the season, placing fourth in a time of 10.54s, and missing a Regional qualifying time by just four hundredths of a second. Green the men's 4x100m relay team, then, fell just off of its season-best performance of 40.79s from last weekend, but still placed second with a time of 41.03s.
Sue-Ann Bowen was the top finisher for the Lady Tigers in the running events, placing second in the 800m with a personal-best time of 2:19.33.
The U of M track and field squads will be back in action next weekend, as they are expected split up for three meets in three different areas of the country. Several men's sprinters are scheduled to travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the historic Penn Relays, while the men's throwers and jumpers, along with their Lady Tiger counterparts, are slated to head to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays. The remainder of the women's team will take the road for Monroe, La., for the Indian Classic, hosted by the University of Louisiana at Monroe.