Shot Putters Shine on Day Two of C-USA Outdoors
May 13, 2006
El Paso, Texas - The second day of the 2006 C-USA Outdoor Championships proved to be a big one for Memphis shot putters, as Gail Lee took home a conference title and J.D. Erickson claimed a runner-up finish, while four others also scored in the event at UTEP's Kidd Field.
Lee lived up to her top-ranked billing and claimed her second-career C-USA title, winning the shot put by over three feet with a toss of 52-05.25" (52.98m). The junior's first league crown came last year in the indoor weight throw, while this was her second top-three showing at the 2006 outdoor meet after taking third in Thursday's hammer throw.
Erickson missed his third-career C-USA shot put title by just one spot, finishing runner-up in his top event with a toss of 58-01.75" (17.72m). The scoring performance was also his second of the meet, as he placed fourth in the hammer throw on Thursday.
Aballi and King each recorded her second scoring performance in the shot put at 2006 conference meets, as Aballi placed fourth with a mark 48-02.50" (14.69m), to earn five points, while King finished fifth with a toss of 47-11.00" (14.60m), to claim four points.
Gulyas scored in the shot for the sixth time in six career conference meets, placing sixth and registering three points with a toss of 51-01.75" (15.59m).
Norrid placed eight in the shot put with a toss of 47-11.75" (14.62m), also logging a second scoring performance with a seventh-place throw of 158-02" (48.22m) in the javelin.
In other top-eight finishes on day two, Tyler Frazier placed fourth and recorded five points in the javelin in his first conference meet with a throw of 179-09" (54.79m).
Brandon Winbush scored in the long jump for the fourth-consecutive C-USA meet, indoor and outdoor combined, claiming four points with a fifth-place leap of 23-11.00" (7.29m).
Whitney Bolton equaled her personal-best and school record with a clearance of 11-05.75" (3.50m) in the pole vault, claiming fifth place and four points.
Chen Edri scored in the javelin for the second-consecutive year, placing sixth, logging three points and qualifying for NCAA Mideast Regionals with a throw of 143-06" (43.75m). The sophomore also tied for eighth in the high jump with a mark of 5-05.00" (1.65m), but was knocked out of scoring position on number of attempts.
Emily Malinowski was the final scorer, finishing eighth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 12:07.86 and earning one point for the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers finished day two with a third-place total of 36 points, while the Tigers ended the day with a fifth-place total of 28 points. Rice leads the women's competition with 45.50 points, while Houston, with 80 points, is the leader on the men's side.
In preliminary events on the men's side, Willie Green posted the fifth-fastest time and qualified for finals, as well as Mideast Regionals, in the 100m with career-best mark of 10.43.
Amaechi Oselukwue qualified for finals in both the 400m and 110m hurdles, taking the second spot in the 400m hurdles with a personal-best time of 54.48 and the sixth spot in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.03.
The 2006 C-USA Outdoor Championships will wrap up Saturday in El Paso, with events concluding at approximately 10 p.m. (CST)