Tigers Prepare for Inaugural American Indoor Track and Field Championship
Feb. 27, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y.-University of Memphis track and field squads return to action at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship set to begin on Friday. The event will take place at the historic New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory one of the premiere facilities in indoor track and field competition.
"One thing I can say about our team right now is that over the course of the last three to four weeks we've continued to improve," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "I feel like we do have some great opportunities and depth on the men's side. The women's scoring opportunities will be fewer but where we can, we will score quite well. We've just got to line up and do the best that we can, and not worry about the things we can't control."
The meet will feature familiar and unfamiliar foes alike at the first-year conference event. A fact not lost on the Tigers as they prepare for what will be a certain raised level of competition.
"There are many unknowns," said Robinson. "Other than the NCAA National Championships, this will be the first time that we've seen more than half of these schools. UCONN and Houston are both very strong and were champions their former conferences last year. I tell my athletes, we can't control what they do, if we do our job then we should compete quite well."
The meet is scheduled for two days (Feb. 28-March 1) at the Armory. Day one of the American Indoor Championship is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m. (ET). Results from both days will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.
Live Streaming on the American Digital Network
Day 1 Live Streaming
Day 2 Live Streaming
Memphis Women Ranked No. 13 in USTFCCCA South Region
Maya Williamson ranks fifth with her season-best of 2:07.45 in the women's 800m. Williamson's time also ranks 35th on the TFRRS.org NCAA Division I Indoor Qualifier List. In the women's shot put, Vivian Brandhoff ranks seventh with her season-best of 15.14m (49'8.25"). On the men's side, Pauls Pujats ranks fifth in the pole vault with his season-best of 5.30m (17'4.5").
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In the men's pole vault, Pauls Pujats and Austin Crenshaw placed first and second respectively with each Tiger clearing 5.22m (17'1.5"). Tuure Hollo placed fourth clearing a new personal-best 4.62m (15'1.75"). On the women's side, the Tigers took the title as Carolina Carmichael cleared a new personal-best of 3.87m (12'8.25"). Kimi Jennings took third with a new personal-best of 3.57m (11'8.5").
In the women's shot put, Tigers notched two podium finishes. Vivian Brandhoff took second at 14.95 (49'.75), followed by Britta Jaarats in third at 14.50 (47'7"). Courtney Kreuger took sixth with a new personal-best of 12.51m (41'.5"). For the men, Memphis placed five in the top-five as Yannik Schaly (17.61m, 57'9.5"), Luke Vaughn (16.96m, 55'7.75"), Tom Willcox (16.21m, 53'2.25") and Matt Sipe (15.72m, 51'7") finished in order second through fifth place.
In the weight throw, the Tigers found the podium with Willcox (17.20m, 56'5.25") and Will Hubber (16.85m, 55'3.5") placing second and third. On the women's side, Cyarra Wells took third with a throw of 18.71 (61'4.75"). Jaarats placed fifth with a mark of 17.96 (58'11.25").