Busby and Ohlig Take Event Titles at McDonald's Invitational
Feb. 5, 2005
Carbondale, Ill. - Jumper Janon Busby and hurdler Sheena Ohlig each claimed an individual event title at this weekend's McDonald's Invitational in Carbondale, Ill., as Busby took top honors in the men's triple jump and Ohlig grabbed the title in the women's 55m hurdles. Memphis athletes Gail Lee, Chen Edri and Daniel Kiss took home runner-up finishes in the meet, hosted by Southern Illinois University.
Busby, who already sat atop the Conference USA rankings in the triple jump, recorded a season-best jump of 50-03.25" (15.32m) to outdistance the field by nearly two feet. The victory gave Busby his third triple-jump championship of the season, after taking event titles in each of two previous meets.
Ohlig, who is a hurdle specialist, but was competing in the 55m hurdles for the first time in the indoor season, set a personal best of 8.21s in the finals to take home the victory. She also posted the best mark in the preliminaries with her time of 8.28s.
Lee, who provisionally qualified for NCAA Championships in the women's shot put two weekends ago at the Booster Invitational in Carbondale, posted another provisional mark of 55-09" (15.59m), which was good enough for her runner-up tally. She also placed fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 57-07" (17.55m).
Edri saw her height drop slightly in the women's high jump, but still took home a second-place finish. She cleared a height of 5-05.75" (1.67m) after jumping 5-07.75" (1.72m) in a victory at the Booster Invitational.
Kiss also saw his time drop after he posted a NCAA provisional mark at the Booster Invitational, but he too still claimed a runner-up finish. He posted a time of 7.44s after a previous time of 7.34s in the preliminaries two weekends ago.
Several other Memphis athletes return from the meet with quality showings as well. For the women, Daniele Riendeau claimed third in the one-mile run with a personal-best time of 5:01.14. Josetta Brooks was fourth in the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.44s and Cassandra Harding was fifth in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 37-04" (11.38m).
For the men, J.D. Erickson claimed two top-five finishes, taking home fourth in the shot put with a mark of 55-09" (16.99m) and fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 58-03.25" (17.76m). Austin Hunter also recorded a fifth-place tally in the 400m with a time of 49.20s.
The Memphis track and field squads will return to action next Friday and Saturday, February 11-12, as they head to Feyetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational, hosted by the University of Arkansas.