Feb. 27, 2009
HOUSTON, Texas - The 2009 C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships kicked off at 9:00 a.m. this morning with the women's pentathlon. The University of Memphis men's team stands tied for fourth-place after one day of competition with 27 points while the women's squad sits in a tie for the seventh position after day one with 19 points.
Freshman Inger Anne Froysedal began early on day one with the pentathlon. The freshman tallied 3,432 points for a third-place finish after clocking a 9.38 in the 60m hurdles and clearing a height of 1.66m (5-05.25) in the high jump. Froyesdal recorded marks of 10.53m (34-06.75) in the shot put and 5.41m in the long jump before crossing the finish line at 2:41.49 in the 800m run. In her final event of the day, she took home the high jump crown by recording a mark of 1.75m (5-08.75) while competing in the long jump simultaneously.
In the day's first field event, Brian Prackett earned fifth-place in the pole vault with a 4.46m (14-07.50) height, an indoor personal record for Prackett.
Kristin Sundsteigen grabbed a spot in the finals of the weight throw and registered a sixth-place mark of 16.48m (54-01.00) which was her second-best throw of the year.
Steffen Nerdal defended his weight throw title from the 2008 Indoor Championships and broke his own C-USA Indoor Championship record in the process. His mark of 21.55m (70-08.50) was just a centimeter shy of his personal best mark which registers as an NCAA automatic qualifying mark and ranks No. 7 in the NCAA. Joining Nerdal on the medal stand was Knut Syversen who threw a season best third-place mark of 18.87m (61-11.00). Harding Zills also scored in the weight throw event notching a fifth-place finish with a toss of 16.89m (55-05.00).
In the 800m run preliminaries, both of the Memphis men's competitors qualified for the finals that will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3:55 p.m. Aaron Evans qualified automatically by placing second in his heat with a time of 1:57.35 and Guy Hudson was one of the four other athletes who qualified by time with a mark of 1:55.01.
The Tigers qualified a pair of men's hurdlers for the 60m hurdles which will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3:35 p.m. Both Preston Williams and Robert Jackson finished third in their heat recording times of 8.27 and 8.36 respectively. On the women's side, Tayanna Simpson grabbed a finals position by recording a time of 8.75 in her heat of the 60m hurdles.
In the final event of the day, the men's distance medley team grabbed sixth-place points finishing in a season best time of 10:32.67. The team consisted of Aaron Evans, Richard Lowe, Guy Hudson, and Edwin Kipkorir.
Saturday, Feb. 28 events include the shot put, men's high jump, women's pole vault, triple jump, mile, 60m hurdles finals, 400m dash finals, 60m dash finals, 800m finals, 200m finals, 3000m run, and the 4x400m relay. An award ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the meet tomorrow night.
Men's Team Standings (after day one)
1. Houston 42.50
2. Rice 40.00
3. Tulsa 32.00
4. Memphis 27.00
4. UTEP 27.00
6. East Carolina 15.50
7. Southern Miss. 8.00
Women's Team Standings (after day one)
1. Houston 31.00
2. Rice 30.00
3. UCF 27.00
4. SMU 21.00
4. UAB 21.00
5. Southern Miss. 20.00
7. Memphis 19.00
7. UTEP 19.00
9. Marshall 14.00
9. East Carolina 14.00
11. Tulane 10.00
12. Tulsa 8.00