Tiger Track Teams Make Strong Early-Season Showing at ASU Kickoff Klassic
Dec. 4, 2004
Jonesboro, Ark. - The University of Memphis track teams put together a strong showing Saturday at the ASU Kickoff Klassic, hosted by Arkansas State University. Senior jumper Janon Busby took the victory in the men's triple-jump with a leap of 49 feet, 4 inches, while junior thrower J.D. Erickson grabbed the win in the men's shot-put with a toss of 55 feet, 10 ¼ inches. Busby and Erickson also each claimed a second place finish in the high jump and weight throw respectively.
Busby's 49'4" bound in the triple-jump was two feet better than his nearest competitor, while his leap of 6'4" in the high jump left him in a four-way tie for second place, just two inches behind the winner.
Erickson's toss of 55'10 ¼" in the shot-put outdistanced his nearest competitor by nearly three feet, while his hurl of 60'1 ¼" in the weight throw was just eight inches behind the winner and was nearly eight feet better than the third-place finisher.
Senior jumper Lisa-Marie Hyman, who will compete as unattached during the indoor season, but will participate with the women's squad in the outdoor season, also claimed an individual title in the triple-jump with a leap of 40'6", which broke the previous meet record of 40'1", which she set in 2002.
Also making strong performances in the meet for the Tigers were Chen Edri, Michael Mentz, and Gary Nemeth. Edri cleared the winning height of 5'6" in the women's high jump, but was forced into a second place tie based on her number of jumps attempted. Mentz placed second in the men's 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:49.07, while Nemeth was third in the men's 55-meter dash with a time of 6.60 seconds.
Several other Tiger runners grabbed top-eight finishes which would typically score in an event. On the women's side, Annette Uzoh was fifth in the shot and seventh in the weight throw, Sue-Ann Bowen was fifth in the 800m, Chanel Dunn was sixth in the 200m, while Josetta Brooks, Maria Majzik and Cassandra Harding each had eighth-place finishes in the 55m, long jump and triple jump, respectively. For the men, Darius Frye was seventh in the weight throw, Norbert Gulyas was eighth in both the shot and weight throw and Austin Hunter was seventh in the 400m.
Tiger assistant coach Kevin Robinson was pleased with the teams' performances, considering the coaches and athletes treated the meet much like a practice and a measuring stick for the upcoming season.
"We had some people perform really well for this time of year," Robinson said. "It is really exciting because we should get much better as the season goes on and we are able to train more."
The Memphis track teams will now be out of competition until after Christmas break when they return to action at the Booster Invitational in Carbondale, Ill. January 21-22, 2005.