Lee Re-Breaks School Record, Moves Up National Ranks in Shot Put at ASU
May 5, 2006
JONESBORO, Ark. - Gail Lee broke her own school record in the shot put for the fourth time this season and continued to move up the national ranks in her premier event as she led the Memphis track and field teams at the ASU High Performance and Opportunity Meet, the final tune-up before next week's C-USA Outdoor Championships.
In addition, three more Lady Tigers, Sivan Aballi, Chen Edri and Emily Malinowski and one Tiger, J.D. Erickson, logged event titles on the day, while Susan King matched a personal best and regional mark in the shot.
Lee broke her own Lady Tiger record in the shot, also setting a new regional qualifying mark and increasing her C-USA-leading distance with a toss of 54-07.50" (16.65m) to win the event. In addition, the career-best mark would have ranked 11th in the country and third in the Mideast Region entering the weekend.
Aballi registered her victory with a throw of 147-04" (44.90m) in the discus, also taking third in the shot with a toss of 45-06.25" (13.87m).
Edri won the high jump with a clearance of 5-07.00" (1.70m), adding a third-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 128-06" (39.16m).
Malinowski recorded the final event title for the Memphis women, taking the 3000m with a time of 10:23.37.
For the Tigers, Erickson picked up the lone victory, as the senior posted a first-place toss of 54-08.75" (16.68m) in the shot put.
Though King did not win an event, she did equal her personal best and top regional-qualifying mark in the shot put, finishing second to Lee with a throw of 49-08.50" (15.15m). The junior also placed second in the discus with an effort of 142-02" (43.34m).
Three Lady Tigers added second-place showings on the day. Maria Majzik recorded a collegiate-best leap of 19-01.00" (5.82m) in the long jump to take runner-up honors. Cassandra Harding finished second in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 37-03.00" (11.35m), while LaShunda Flake finished second in the 100m with a time of 11.92, matching her personal best in the event.
In other top showings, Eryka Morris finished third in the long jump, logging a season-best effort of 18-00.50" (5.50m). Whitney Bolton equaled her school record and personal-best in the pole vault with a fifth-place clearance of 11-05.75" (3.50m) and Josetta Brooks finished sixth in the 100m with a personal-best time of 12.33.
Three more U of M women placed in the top six in the 3000m, with Meghan Shinkwin finishing third in 10:75.88, Mary Claire Dake finishing fourth in 11:23.70 and Kimberly McVeigh taking sixth in 12:09.95.
On the men's side, the U of M competed with a diminished squad, as only the field event competitors made the trip to ASU.
However, the Tigers did log several notable performances. Brandon Winbush placed second in the triple jump with a season-best effort of 45-09.25" (13.96m), while finishing fifth in the long jump with a mark of 23-02.00" (7.06m). Norbert Gulyas finished third in both the shot put and discus, recording tosses of 50-03.50" (15.33m) and 167-00" (50.90m), respectively. Tyler Frazier finished fourth in the javelin with a throw of 166-11" (50.88m) and Greg Norrid finished fifth in the shot put with a mark of 45-08.00" (13.92m), while placing sixth in the javelin with a throw of 142-08" (43.48m).
Following Friday's meet, the Memphis track and field squads will have just four days off before traveling to El Paso, Texas for the C-USA Championships, which will be hosted by UTEP on Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13.