Memphis Readies for C-USA Indoor Championships
Go Tigers! Sophomore Darius Lynwood leads C-USA in the high jump.
Go Tigers!
Sophomore Darius Lynwood leads C-USA in the high jump.
Go Tigers!

Feb. 23, 2012

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.- League titles are on the line as Memphis track and field squads travel to Birmingham, Ala. for the Conference USA Indoor Championships hosted by UAB this weekend. The two-day competition marks the third time this season the Tigers have visited the Birmingham Crossplex.

"The mindset of the team right now is really positive," said head coach Kevin Robinson. "We're in a unique position because we've never been able to compete on our conference championship track until the conference indoor meet. This year we've been on it twice and we've had some great performances."

Action begins at the C-USA Indoor Championships on Saturday at 9 a.m. (CT), including competition in the pentathlon, heptathlon, men's and women's field events, and preliminary-round track events. The meet will be televised on Fox Sports Network Saturday and Sunday. Complete results from each day will be posted on gotigersgo.com as they become available.

Where the Tigers Stand
Three Tigers rank first in the C-USA event performance standings as they head to Birmingham this weekend. Senior Karlis Pujats and sophomore Darius Lynwood hold top spots for the men in the pole vault and high jump, respectively.

Pujats, the defending C-USA Indoor Men's Pole Vault Champion, leads the league with his season-best vault of 5.32m (17-05.50). The senior's mark is currently tied for 19th in NCAA Division l. Lynwood holds the No. 1 spot in the high jump with his personal-best leap of 2.13m (06-11.75).

For the women, sophomore Cyarra Wells leads the weight throw with her season-best 19.39m (63-07.50). Wells also holds the No. 4 spot in the shot put with her season-best throw of 14.77m (48-05.50).

In the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association regional team rankings the Memphis men and women continue to garner attention. The Tiger men continue to hold strong at the No. 9 spot, while the women made their return to the top 15 checking in at No. 14 in the South Region standings.

Last Time Out
In their final tune-up before the C-USA Indoor Championships, the Tigers claimed eight first-place finishes at the Redhawks Invitational hosted by Southeast Missouri State. Additionally, several Memphis athletes recorded personal- and season-best performances.

Claiming first place finishes were freshman Bronte Smith in the women's 55-meter hurdles (8.16) and Robert Jackson in the men's 55-meter hurdles (7.46), matching his personal-best in the event. In the men's 55-meter dash Taurean Nixon took the top spot on the podium with a mark of 6.32.

The Tigers also won both the men's and women's high jump, with Kirsten Berding matching her personal-best of 1.70m (5-07.00) and Darius Lynwood setting a new personal record clearing 2.13m (6-11.75). In the men's pole vault, Karlis Pujats posted a mark of 5.10m (16-08.75).

Sophomore Cyarra Wells swept the women's shot put and weight throw with new personal bests of 14.77m (48-05.50) and 19.39m (63-07.50), respectively. Wells and Lynwood were honored for their efforts as they were named C-USA Male and Female Athletes of the Week.


 

 

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