Women's Track Prepares for Conference Meet
Feb. 22, 2000
Memphis, Tenn.-- - The University of Memphis women's track team expects great things from its sprint and field athletes at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field meet in Chicago, Saturday and Sunday.
Senior sprinter Natalie Martindale (Kingstown, St. Vincent, Jamaica) looks to earn her second conference championship over the weekend. The 1996 Olympic participant for Jamaica won an Ohio Valley Conference championship in the 100-meter dash (outdoor) prior to transferring to the University of Memphis last year.
Martindale set two school records last season, shattering a nine-year-old record in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.05 in the first meet of the indoor season at Arkansas State. She also holds the school record in the 60-meter dash in 7.61 seconds from the C-USA championships last year. Martindale finished fifth in the 60-meter and second in the 200-meter dashes at last year's championships.
She is currently ranked 10th in C-USA in the 60-meter dash and ninth in the 200.
Also in contention for a conference championship is junior Camille Harris (Nashville, TN/White's Creek). Harris is currently ranked ninth in the league in the 55-meter high hurdles.
The Lady Tiger field teams have been a force all season, with quartet of juniors Kameilah Amaya and Carla Hardy, sophomore Barbara Wine and freshman Monique Nelson consistently finishing in the top of the throwing events. Amaya has already broken her own school record in the 20-lb. weight throw with a distance of 53-6.5 and Hardy and Wine currently hold the school record in the shot put with a 45-5 foot mark.
Wine finished second in the shot put in last year's indoor championships, while Amaya finished third in the weight throw.
DePaul University is hosting the league indoor championships. The outdoor season begins March 25-26 at the University of Alabama.