Tigers Prepare for Inaugural American Indoor Track and Field Championship

Feb. 27, 2014

Memphis Track and Field Notebook

2014 American Indoor Track and Field Championships Meet Central

2014 American Indoor Track and Field Championships Schdule (All Time Eastern)

Live Results

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
You can see the inaugural American Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship live on the American Digital Network at the following links:

Day 1 Live Streaming
http://theamerican.org/watch/?Live=50

Day 2 Live Streaming
http://theamerican.org/watch/?Live=51

Conference Leaders
Heading into this weekend's American Athletic Conference Championship, two Tigers hold top spots in the American Athletic Conference Indoor Performance List. Maya Williamson ranks first in the women's 800m with at time of 2:07.45. Georgio Lynwood leads the men's high jump at 2.08m (6'9.75").

Memphis Women Ranked No. 13 in USTFCCCA South Region
The University of Memphis women's squad fell one place to No. 13 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Region Index. Three Tigers still hold top-eight spots in the South Region Event Index.

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").

Stay Connected
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Last Time Out
The Tigers wrapped-up their indoor track and field regular season schedule with a final tune-up for short sprint and field athletes at the SEMO Redhawks Invitational. Both the men's and women's squads saw athletes set new personal and season bests.

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").


 

 

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