Track to Compete in First Team Meet at McDonald's Invitational
Feb. 1, 2007
MEMPHIS - After banner meet last weekend, the Memphis track team will face some stiff competition as it travels to Southern Illinois University for the McDonald's Invitational.
Last week at the Gladstein Invitational, the Memphis women took center stage with three Lady Tiger records falling off of the books. Both the men's and women's teams will be under additional pressure this weekend as they compete for team score for the first time all season.
Memphis head coach Kevin Robinson is anxious to see how his team fairs in its first team competition of the year.
"It's good to compete for a team score once in a while because it helps to prepare for the conference meet," said Robinson. "The only negative is that these kinds of events tend to be worse for individual marks because you use your best athletes in every event rather than letting them focus on getting one event for the weekend."
Robinson said he plans to bring a few extra competitors this weekend in order to give them a chance to qualify for the Conference USA Indoor Chamionships.
"We are going to bring more kids than normal," said Robinson. "We want to give everyone a chance to qualify so that we can start to figure out how many people we are going to take to the conference meet."
A pair of the nation's top women's throws competitors will be on display this weekend as Lady Tiger Gail Lee faces off with SIU's Brittany Riley. Lee set a new personal best and school record last weekend in the shot put and currently sits in top-10 in the world in the event. Doe broke the world record in the weight throw at the Gladstien with a mark of 80-7.25.
"She is a pretty formidable presence," Robinson said of Riley. "She is a special athlete, but so is Gail. If Gail continues to improve I expect her to be there challenging for the national title in the shot."