Edri Adds Another Stellar Performance on Day Two of C-USA Championships
May 13, 2005
Houston, Texas - The University of Memphis picked up several more strong performances Friday at the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Houston, but it was once again Chen Edri who stole the show, as the freshman posted another NCAA Regional qualifying mark and school record, on day two of the event.
Edri, who was coming off a personal best performance in the javelin on day one of the C-USA meet, actually cleared the winning height of 5-08.75" (1.75m) in the high jump, but was forced into a tie for second place based on number of attempts. The leap however, was still good enough to qualify the Nazaret Ellit, Israel, native for Regionals, tie her personal best and better her own school record of 5-08.00" (1.73m), set just a weekend ago. Edri has now posted two Regional qualifying marks and two school records in the two days of the meet, and with the seven points she earned for the runner-up tie, has logged 13 points for the Lady Tigers.
The only other U of M woman to score on day two was Sivan Aballi, who logged three points in the discus. The freshman posted three strong marks in her first five throws, but saved her best for last as she just missed a personal best on her final throw, picking up a mark of 144-09" (44.11m) to take home sixth place.
The Lady Tiger squad finished the day with a tenth-place total of 16 points.
On the men's side, it was Brandon Winbush who led the way, as the Bartlett, Tenn., native posted a personal best and increased his Regional qualifying mark in the long jump. Winbush got off to a bit of a slow start, fouling on two of his first four attempts, but came on strong at the end, posting a solid fifth jump, before a bound of 24-09.25" (7.55m) in his final effort. The mark gave the sophomore a fifth-place finish and four points for the event, and upped his personal best and his Regional qualifying mark by three inches.
Jason Morgan had a strong day in the decathlon picking up a fourth-place finish in the discus with a toss of 117-00" (35.66m) for 577 points and a fifth-place finish in the 1500m with a time of 4:58.49 for 569 points. Those scores propelled the Germantown, Tenn., native to a seventh-place total of 6054 points and picked up two points for the Tigers. On the day, Morgan moved up three places from his tenth place standing entering day two of the event.
Norbert Gulyas struggled slightly in the discus, posting marks that are somewhat sub-par for the sophomore, but still managed to record a seventh-place toss of 157-03" (47.93m) to claim two points.
Imre Lorincz, who was competing in his first long jump competition of the season after battling injuries, recorded of a leap of 23-07.25" (7.19m) to earn an eighth-place finish and one point to round out the scoring for the Tigers on day two.
The U of M men finished the day with a tenth-place total of nine points.
In preliminary events, Daniele Riendeau posted a strong race in the women's 1500m, winning her heat and qualifying first overall with a time of 4:41.99. The finals of the women's 1500m are slated for 1:27 p.m. on Saturday. Sheena Ohlig qualified seventh in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.43s and will advance to finals, which are scheduled for 1:34 p.m. on Saturday.
On the men's side, Daniel Kiss had a bit of a tough day in the prelims of the 110m hurdles, as the nation's third-ranked runner won his heat with a time of 14.01s, but qualified second behind Hector Cotto of East Carolina. The finals of the 110m hurdles are slated to begin at 1:40 p.m. on Saturday. Austin Hunter, who finished second in his heat and qualified fifth in the 400m with a time 47.26s, was the only other Tiger to advance, and will compete in tomorrow's final, which is scheduled for 1:50 p.m.
Competition on the third and final day of the C-USA Outdoor Championships is set to begin with the men's high jump at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Running event finals are slated to kick off at 1 p.m. when the 4x100m relays will be contested.
Live results for the meet can again be followed at www.flashresults.com/flashtexas/, while a full recap and results will be posted at gotigersgo.com following the completion of competition and awards on Saturday.