Rahn Takes Gold in Heptathlon at the C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
May 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La.- Xenia Rahn took gold heptathlon and fellow multi-event specialist Marc Klaschka took silver in the decathlon for Memphis at the 2012 C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday. Both performances scored valuable team points as the men and women finished day two tied for third and sixth place respectively.
"So proud of Xenia and Marc today," said head coach Kevin Robinson. "They both showed so much heart and resilience through a grueling two days of competition. The future is very bright for both of these athletes."
Rhan tallied a score of 5,325 breaking her own school-record in the heptathlon set earlier this season at the Mississippi Open of 5,047 points. The freshman's record setting performance is the first C-USA women's outdoor heptathlon title in the programs' history.
Rahn's win netted 10 points for the women. Teammate Laura Toldy took seventh in the event with a score of 4,892 to register two more.
Klaschka registered a final score of 6,636 in the decathlon landing the freshman at second on the podium adding eight overall team points for the men. Tim Jones recorded another point finishing sixth with a score of 5,913.
Sophomore Darius Lynwood also found the podium taking silver in the men's high jump at a height of 2.14m, adding eight more for the men. Austin Crenshaw added another point in the men's long jump taking eighth with a mark of 7.05m.
The men's and women's squads notched points in the shot put. For the women, Allison Hotz (13.86m) took seventh adding two. Andrew Miller (16.32m) and Tom Willcox (15.43m) took sixth and eighth place to snag four more points for the men.
The Tiger women added one more point in the 3000m steeplechase as Erica Owen (11:24.29) took eight place. The men's and women's squads totaled 41 and 23 points respectively at the end of competition on day two.
In preliminary track events, several Tigers nailed qualifying time and will have the chance to score more points on the final day of competition. Robert Jackson (14.00) and Tyrelle Forde (14.20) made the men's 110m hurdles finals.
For the women, Bronte Smith (14.05) made the 100m hurdles finals, as did teammate Maya Williamson (59.30) in the 400m hurdles. Fellow sprinter Kala Funderburk qualified for the 400 dash crossing the line at 54.29.
In the men's 800m run Fabian Fiege was the fastest qualifier clocking in at 1:50.38. Fellow distance runner Loiusa Lingley qualified for the women's 1,500m run at 4:41.44.
The final day of competition begins at 11 a.m. CT. Final results will posted on GoTigersGo.com as they become available.