Tigers Set for War Eagle Invitational
Go Tigers! The Tigers begin action at the War Eagle Invitational on Friday.
Go Tigers!
The Tigers begin action at the War Eagle Invitational on Friday.
Go Tigers!

April 18, 2013

Memphis Track and Field Notebook

War Eagle Invitational Information

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AUBURN, Ala.-University of Memphis track and field squads will make their second trip to Auburn University this outdoor season for the War Eagle Invitational on Friday.

"This should be a highly competitive meet," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "We did this meet last year and there were a number of professional athletes and SEC schools. We're hoping to be in a situation to where we can compete against some of the better teams in the country. If we can do so and if the weather will cooperate, I think our team will come back with some pretty solid performances."

The Tigers have improved steadily throughout the outdoor season, with the men's and women's squads recording new program records and personal bests. With only two regular season meets left the Tigers look to make a final push to the finish with the Conference USA Outdoor Championships looming.

"I definitely think we are improving, as a coach the improvement never comes quickly enough," Robinson said. "We have a tremendous amount of talent, it's the most talented team I've ever coached here. We have to put these athletes in a position where at one meet each and every one of them steps up at the same time.

Day one action at the War Eagle Invitational gets underway at 2 p.m. (CT) with field events (men's and women's hammer throw, men's and women's triple jump, men's and women's javelin). On Saturday, competition resumes at 11 a.m. (CT) with remaining field events followed at 1 p.m. (CT) by running events. Results from both days will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.

Tigers in the USTFCCCA South Region Rankings- 4/18/13
The Memphis men's and women's teams both moved up in this week's United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South Region Team Index. The men jumped up six places to No. 8, with the women climbing two spots to No. 2.

Seven men and six women make an appearance in the South Region Event Index top-eight. For the men, Georgio Lynwood is tied for fifth in the high jump at 2.15m (7'0.5"). Luis Hanssler is tied for sixth in the long jump at 7.49m (24'7"), with Manuel Zeigler holding down the No. 8 spot in the triple jump at 15.35m (50'4.5").

In throwing events, Andrew Miller sits at the No. 8 spot in the hammer with his season-best of 58.71m (192'7"). Kyle Bynum ranks seventh in the javelin with a mark of 64.17m (210'6"). In multi-event competition, Luis Hanssler ranks third in the decathlon with his program-record 7,365 points, while teammate Tuure Hollo is tied for eighth at 6,102 points.

On the women's side, Kala Funderburk ranks second in the 400m with her program-record time of 52.92. Maya Williamson holds down the No. 3 spot in the 400m hurdles with her program-record 58.45. In the 4 x 400m relay, Funderburk, Williamson, Monica Mason and Keyona Neal rank second with their program-best of 3":35.54.

In field events, Sabrina Hochreuther ranks sixth in the pole vault with her program-record of 3.90m (12'9.5"). Vivian Brandhoff also ranks sixth in the shot put with her personal-best of 14.89m (48'10.25").

Kuhman Running at Kansas Relays
While the Tigers travel to Auburn for the War Eagle Invitational this weekend, distance runner Dan Kuhman will hit the track at the Kansas Relays. Kuhman is scheduled to run in the 10,000m on Thursday, seeking a time that could propel him into the NCAA postseason. During the recent 2012 cross country season, Kuhman took All-Region honors at the NCAA South Regional Championship.

Making the Grade
While the Tigers continue to excel in competition, their work in the classroom is as equally impressive. Recently 10 cross country athletes and 10 track & field athletes received the Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal. To qualify for the Commissioner's Academic Medal athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or better.

Additionally, 23 cross country athletes and 33 track & field athletes were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. Student athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll must maintain a GPA average of 3.0 or better.

The recent academic accolades add to an impressive list of honors the Tigers have received in the last year. In February, both the men's and women's cross country squads were tabbed 2013 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams, with the men recording the highest GPA of men's programs to receive the honor. Following the 2012 outdoor track and field season, both the men's and women's teams were named 2012 USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams, with four Tigers taking individual honors.

Last Time Out
The men's and women's teams posted strong performance across the board at the Ole Miss Invitational. Three new program records were set, along with several athletes recording new-personal bests.

Maya Williamson took first in the women's 400m hurdles with a new program-record of 58.45. Williamson broke her own record in the event of 58.97 set during the 2012 outdoor season.

Louisa Lingley set a new program-record in the 800m taking second place in a time of 2:09.93. Lingley broke Tina Sherratt's record of 2:11.75 set in 2007.

On the men's side, Luis Hanssler took first place in the men's decathlon with 7,365 points. Hanssler's mark bested the previous record held by Kevin O'Connell of 6, 999 points set in 1999.

In other strong performances, Georgio Lynwood took first place in the men's high jump at a height of 2.13m (6'11.5"). On the women's side, Xenia Rahn and Laura Toldy took first and second place in the high jump with Rahn leaping a personal-best 1.75m (5'8.75") and Toldy clearing 1.70m (5'7").

Sophomore Austin Carter also notched a first place victory in the men's 1,500m. Carter recorded a time of 3:52.29 to take the title.

Up Next for the Tigers
The Tigers return to action at the Red Wolf Open hosted by Arkansas State University on April 27.



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