Hyman and Winbush Automatically Qualify for NCAA Championships
May 28, 2005
Bloomington, Ind. - With a pair fifth-place finishes in the triple jump and long jump at NCAA Mid-East Regional Championships on Saturday, University of Memphis jumpers Lisa-Marie Hyman and Brandon Winbush automatically qualified for NCAA Championships, which will be held June 8-11 in Sacramento, Calif.
Hyman's qualifying performance came with a bound of 41-07.75" (12.69m) in the triple jump, while Winbush recorded his fifth-place tally with a leap of 24-07.25" (7.50m) in the long jump. Both efforts were the second-longest jumps of the season for the two U of M standouts and gave them automatic spots in at the NCAA meet for finishing in the top-five at Regionals.
"I couldn't be prouder of two athletes right now," said Coach Kevin Robinson. "This is a huge step for Lisa and Brandon, as well as our track and field program."
Hyman becomes the first Lady Tiger jumper ever to qualify for NCAA Championships and is only the second Memphis woman to qualify for the NCAA meet since 1979. Keenan Gibson was the last Lady Tiger to make it to the championship meet when she competed in the 100m and 200m in 2003.
Winbush is the third Tiger to qualify for NCAA Championships in the past two years after Gaute Myklebust and Mate Nemeth competed in both 2003 and 2004. The Bartlett, Tenn., native is the first jumper to qualify since Delvit Rogers participated in the long jump at the 2000 NCAA meet.
The two jumpers will return to Memphis on Monday and will have just over a week of preparation time before traveling to Sacramento.
In other U of M action from day two of the Regional meet, Janon Busby finished 11th in the triple jump with a mark of 50-00.75", and Chen Edri finished in a tie for 11th place in the high jump and in 13th place in the javelin with marks of 5-07.25" and 137-11", respectively.
With the four points each recorded by Hyman and Winbush the U of M women finished in tie for 33rd place, while the men tied for 34th place.