Tigers Prepare for Tough Competition in Kentucky
Go Tigers! Laura Toldy lead C-USA in the women's pentathlon heading into the fourth meet of the indoor season.
Go Tigers!
Laura Toldy lead C-USA in the women's pentathlon heading into the fourth meet of the indoor season.
Go Tigers!

Jan. 26, 2012

MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Three meets are in the books for the Memphis indoor track and field team, which travels to the Blue Grass State for the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet hosted by the University of Kentucky This Friday and Saturday.

Friday's action begins at 5 p.m. (CT) including the men's and women's weight throw, women's pole vault, men's high jump and men's and women's long jump. On Saturday, preliminary and final rounds will be held for the men's and women's 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles, along with the 400-meter, 800-meter, 200-meter and 3000-meter runs. The meet will conclude with the men's and women's 1600-meter relays. Results from both days of the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet will be posted on gotigersgo.com as they are made available.

Who the Tigers Face
This weekend the competition will be some of the toughest the Tigers have seen so far this indoor season. Memphis will face the likes of Ole Miss, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Conference USA-foe UCF. Each of these programs, along with Memphis, have men's or women's squads currently ranked in the USTFCCCA's South Region top 15. Both teams from Ole Miss are ranked in the top five in the latest standings.

Leading C-USA
Sitting atop the C-USA Indoor Track and Field Performance List are representatives from both teams at the U of M. Freshman Kala Funderburk is ranked first the women's 400-meter dash posting her season best time of 55.39s at the ASU Kickoff Klassic.

Sophomore Cyarra Wells owns the top ranking in the women's weight throw with her personal best mark of 18.51m (60-08.75) registered at last week's Gladstein Invitational. Fellow sophomore Laura Toldy also grabbed the top spot in C-USA in the women's pentathlon with her best mark of 3,541.



Tiger Darius Lynwood leads in the men's high jump with his leap of 2.08m (6-09.75). Defending C-USA indoor pole vault champion Karlis Pujats tops the standings with his season best vault of 5.17m (16-11.50). Memphis also holds the lead in the men's distance medley relay with a time of 10:13.28.

Last Time Out
At the Gladstein Invitational, Marc Klaschka set a program best in the men's heptathlon. Klaschka scored 5,190, shattering the old school record of 4,728 set by Jason Morgan in 2007. The new program best currently ranks seventh among the nation's top indoor men's heptathlon performances in 2012.

Kevin Robinson said. "What's interesting is that he didn't set a personal best in that meet. He had a really consistent meet, but he didn't have any real standout performances. When he is able to put together a multi-event competition where he has two or three personal bests the kid is going to score 54- to 55-hundred points. And that's pretty elite."

While the field and multi-event categories held strong, the track events saw improvement from the previous week. In the men's 60-meter sprint, Taurean Nixon, LaMarvin Ashley and Jaz Daivs all advanced to the meet finals and set new season-highs. The Tiger women also saw a spike in performance as Kala Funderburk, DaQuanya Byrd-West, and Bronte Smith set season highs season highs in their track events.

"I told my team we had a solid performance as a group, in the last meet," Said Robinson. "I also told them we have to forget about it and move forward. We're preparing for Kentucky now, and this meet at Kentucky is going to be a highly competitive meet. We've got to prepare. Where we are right now is just focused on the meet at hand."

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