@MemTigersTF_XC Set to Host Memphis Invitational

March 28, 2014

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.-The University of Memphis track and field program is set to host the Memphis Invitational, on Saturday. The meet will be the first the program has hosted since 2012 after a hiatus for extensive renovations and upgrades to the Murphy Track and Field Complex.

“We’re really excited to host a meet again,” head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. “It’s always a great opportunity to bring the fans and the community together. We have so many athletes that are from this area and it gives their family and friends a chance to come out and see them compete. It’s an exciting time.”

The meet will feature, among others, Ole Miss, Arkansas State, SEMO, SIUE and MVSU. Competition begins Saturday with field events at 10 a.m. (CT) with a full slate of track events to follow at 12:30 p.m. (CT).

“It’s going to be highly competitive,” Robinson said. “We’re looking to streamline it to keep it smooth and to keep the fans involved, that’s why we scheduled all of the events for one day. We’re looking forward to it and I think it will be a great event.”

Results from the Memphis Invitational will be posted on GoTigersGo. com as they are made available.

Murphy Track and Field Renovations
When teams arrive to compete, on Saturday, they will take part in christening what is basically a new track and field facility. Thanks to a generous $2.6 million gift from the Hardin Foundation, the Murphy Track and Field Complex was redesigned and rebuilt following the 2013 outdoor track and field season. The reconfigured nine lane track features Beynon surfacing, one to the premiere surfaces in track and field competition.

Expanded throwing areas now boasts two hammer/discus throwing cages, four shot put practice rings and a separate ring and landing area for shot put competition. The new pole vault and long jump/triple jump areas both have a four-runway configuration that accommodates for wind from north, south, east and west. Additionally, the renovations include two new high jump pits with an expanded infield that will, in the future, serve as the home pitch for both men’s and women’s soccer.

Tigers Start the Season Strong
Memphis kicked-off the outdoor season last Saturday at the Ole Miss Open. Both the men’s and women’s squads started strong notching a combined seven first place finishes.

For the men, Brandon Williams took the 400m hurdles title with a time of 53.28. Austin Crenshaw took first in the pole vault clearing a height of 5.08m (16’8”). In the discus, freshman Luke Vaughn placed first with at throw of 53.10m (174’2”).

On the women’s side, Maya Williamson took the 400m hurdles title in a time of 59.82. Laura Toldy took the top-spot in the high jump clearing 1.70m (5’7”). In the pole vault, Clara Amat-Fernandez took first at a height of 4.00m (13’1.5”). The Tigers final women’s title came in the hammer throw with Britta Jaarats taking first at 46.38m (152’2”).

Up Next for Memphis
Following this week’s Memphis Invitational, the Tigers will return to action next Friday and Saturday at the Joey Haines Invitational in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The meet is hosted by SEMO.

Stay Connected
Make sure you follow Memphis Track and Field on Twitter (@MemTigersTF_XC) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MemphisTrack) for updates throughout the season.



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