Williamson Claims Program Record at BSC Icebreaker
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Memphis track and field squads started the indoor season strong with top finishes and a new program-record in day two of the BSC Icebreaker, on Saturday.
"Today was a solid start to what I know will be a great season," head track and field coach Kevin Robinsonsaid. "We had a substantial number of top five finishes, along with multiple victories, and a new program record. The team must focus on being more composed when exposed to competition. We struggled with composure in some situations today. All in all, I feel we are off to a great start, and are hungry for more."
Maya Williamson placed first in the women's 800m with a new program-record of 2:11.31. Williamson surpassed Tina Sherratt's record of 2:11.90 set in 2007. Teammate Monica Masonalso recorded a top-10 in the 800m placing sixth at 2:18.30.
In the women's 400m, Kala Funderburk took first posting a time of 55.63, with Brandon Williams placing sixth in the men's race. Williamson, Mason, Funderburk and Jeannuel Williamsplaced first in the women's 4 x 400m relay (3:46.78).
On the men's side, the team of Brandon Williams, Ojike Maat, Brian Word and Aaron Willetttook second in the 4 x 400m at a time of 3:19.56. Willett also took third in the men's 60m hurdle clocking in at 8.28.
In field events, freshman Manuel Zieglerposted a win and a top-five in the triple jump and long jump. Ziegler took first in the triple jump leaping 15.00m (49'2.5"), and fifth in the long jump at a distance of 7.05m (23'1.75").
In the high jump the Tigers grabbed a pair of second-place finishes. Georgio Lynwood took second for the men at a height of 2.14m (7'.25"), with Laura Toldyplacing second for the women at 1.70m (5'7").
The Tigers grabbed five top-ten spots in the men's and women's pole vault. For the men Austin Crenshaw (5.25m, 17'2.75") took second with Pauls Pujats (5.05, 16'6.75") placing third. On the women's side, Sabrina Hochreuther (3.70m, 12'1.5") took second with Carolina Carmichael (3.55m, 11'7.75") and Clara Amat Fernandez(3.40m, 11'1.75") taking fourth and sixth place respectively.
Memphis had three women and three men take top-10 places in the shot put. Britta Jaarats (14.32m, 46'11.75"), Vivian Brandhoff (14.21m, 46'7.5") and Allison Hotz (13.79m, 45'3") took third, fourth and seventh place. For the men, Yannik Schaly (16.74m, 54'11.25"), Andrew Miller (15.94m, 52'3.75") and Matt Sipe(15.19m, 49'10") took second, fourth and fifth place.
The Tigers will return to indoor action following a break for the holidays on January 11-12 at the Kentucky Invitational. For more information of the University of Memphis track and field program and all Tigers athletics please visit GoTigersGo.com.