Top-Ranked Triple Jumpers Struggle, But Claim Runner-Up Finishes on Final Day of C-USA Championships
May 14, 2005
Houston, Texas - Seniors Lisa-Marie Hyman and Janon Busby entered the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Houston with each leading their respective conference rankings in the triple jump and looking for multiple C-USA crowns in their specialty event. Their goals were not to be however, as both jumpers struggled somewhat, but still came home with runner-up finishes in their final conference meets.
Hyman, who was in search of a fourth overall C-USA triple jump crown, recorded a mark of 40-07.50" (12.38m) on her first jump, but proceeded to foul on each of her final five attempts, to finish with the runner-up tally and eight points for the Lady Tigers. The Kingston, Jamaica native ends her conference career with a total of six top-two finishes in the triple jump, after winning titles outdoors in 2002 and 2003 and indoors in 2003 and claiming three runner-up tallies.
Busby, the reigning C-USA indoor champion in the triple jump, was in search of his second title in the event, but it was not to be. The Mobile, Ala., native posted several solid jumps, but could never get off his best effort, and he too had to settle for a runner-up finish and eight points with a leap of 50-06.75" (15.41m). Busby did however, add a second scoring performance, as he tied for fifth place and scored 3.5 points in the high jump with a clearance of 6-06.75" (2.00m).
In other top-eight showings, Austin Hunter posted a time of 47.54s in the men's 400m to register a fifth-place tally and four points for the Tigers. The finish marked the third time in the past two seasons that the Jackson, Tenn., native has finished in the top-six in the 400m at a C-USA Championship. He had previously placed third at the 2004 Indoor Championships and sixth at the 2005 Indoor Championships.
Bartlett, Tenn., native Brandon Winbush added his second scoring performance of the meet with a bound of 46-11.75" (14.32m) in the triple jump to claim eighth place and one point. Winbush had already taken fifth place in Friday's long jump with a personal-best mark of 24-09.25" (7.55m).
Norbert Gulyas followed up his seventh-place finish in the discus on day two with another scoring performance on day three, as he recorded a toss of 49-01.00" (14.96m) in the shot put to claim eight place and one point for the Tigers.
The men's 4x100m relay team of Daemien Jefferson, Daniel Bandy, Gary Nemeth and Willie Green rounded out the scoring for the U of M men, as they posted a time of 41.44s to take sixth place and three points.
Daniel Kiss, the third ranked 110m hurdler in the country and another U of M hopeful for a conference title, injured his foot in preliminaries, and was unable to compete in event finals, once again missing out on an opportunity for a C-USA crown.
The Tigers ended the meet with a 10th place total of 29.5 points, with Houston totaling 201 points to dominate the men's competition and win by nearly 100 points over, second place, TCU, with 105 points.
On the women's side, Sheena Ohlig was one of two Lady Tigers to claim a sixth-place tally on the final day of the meet. The senior closed out her career with a personal-best time of 14.16s in the 100m hurdles to move up one spot from her qualifying position and record three points.
Daniele Riendeau, who qualified first in the 1500m, was met with stiff competition in the event finals, and came away with a sixth-place finish in a time of 4:39.21 to record three more points for the Lady Tigers.
Annette Uzoh rounded out the scoring for the Lady Tigers, registering one point in the shot put with a throw of 41-05.25" (12.63m), which was good enough for an eighth-place finish.
The U of M women moved up two spots from their 13th place finish last season to claim 11th place with a total of 31 points. Houston won the women's title with 137 points, while Southern Miss finished second with 116.5 points.
On a highly positive note, Lady Tiger freshman Chen Edri was named the Conference USA Female Freshman of the Year after tieing for second in the high jump with a leap of 5-08.75" (1.75m) and placing third in the javelin with a throw 142-01" (43.30m). Both efforts were NCAA Regional qualifying marks and set school records for the U of M and personal bests for Edri, who finished the meet with 13 of the Lady Tigers' 31 points.
With Edri's outstanding marks at the C-USA meet, Memphis now has six athletes who have qualified for NCAA Regionals, though she is the only one to qualify in two events. Hyman, Kiss, Busby, Winbush, and Gulyas had all previously qualified for the Mideast Regional competition, which will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., on May 27-28.
The U of M track and field teams will return home on Monday and the Regional qualifiers will have two weeks of training before traveling to Bloomington.