Lady Tiger Track Prepares Young Squad for First Conference Meet
Feb. 22, 2001
Memphis, Tenn.--- - In the five years that teams have competed for a Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Lady Tigers have yet to break the 50-point mark, but 2001 could be the year the Lady Tigers move up in the conference standings and over the 50-point mark at Houston this weekend.
Memphis is looking to improve on its best-ever conference finish, a fifth-place finish in 1996, in the first year the conference hosted an indoor championship. In that meet, the Lady Tigers finished with their all-time C-USA high 48.5 points.
The Lady Tiger sprinters could have a conference star in the making in freshman Keenan Gibson. The freshman is ranked fourth in the 60-meter dash and second in the 200 heading into this weekend's conference championships.
The Lady Tiger roster is young this spring, with just one senior, hurdler Zaneta Ivy (Memphis, Tenn./Central), and eight freshmen. In addition to Gibson, Head Coach Brenda Cash added some other freshmen who could have an impact on their first conference championship.
Shamieka Johnson (Pensacola, Fla.) is currently ranked 11th in the league in the 400. Both Gibson and Johnson will compete against the top seeded 60-meter runner in the conference, South Florida's Kerine Black. The Memphis duo and Black are in the fastest heat of the 60,
with the winner of each heat and the next five best times advancing to the finals. Another freshman hoping to help the Lady Tigers score some points is Lisa-Marie Hyman. Hyman heads into her first C-USA championship ranked seventh in the league in the triple jump with a mark of 11.45 meters (37-6.75).
At last weekend's meet, junior Kameilah Amaya (Carbondale, Ill./Carbondale) set a school record in the weight throw. Her record-setting mark of 17.40 meters (57-1) ranks her third in the league in the weight throw. Another junior is also seeking to rewrite the Lady Tiger record book. Junior Wendy Ragle is well-positioned to take another shot at breaking the Lady Tigers' indoor mile record. Ragle will run in the fast heat in the mile at the championships after falling just short of breaking Arielle Frileux' record of 5:15.41 with her 5:21.04 finish at Illinois.
The Lady Tiger field participants were the team's most consistent scorers last year, and that should not change heading into this weekend's meet. In addition to Amaya's performance in the hammer throw, the Lady Tigers have a top three-ranked individual in the shot put, junior Barbara Wine. Wine is one of two Lady Tigers in the top five in the shot, with sophomore Monique Nelson ranking fifth with a mark of 13.17 meters.
Friday, Feb. 23
Complete results will be posted at all of the following three websites: www.c-usasports.com, www.cfpitiming.com, www.uhcougars.com. Tiger results will be posted at www.gotigersgo.com at the end of each competition day.