Crawford, Harris and Myklebust Qualify for NCAA Track & Field Regional
April 19, 2004
MEMPHIS-The University of Memphis Track & Field team added three NCAA Regional qualifiers Saturday at the Mississippi Invitational (4/17). Victoria Crawford became the first Memphis female athlete to qualify in an event as she won the triple jump with a qualifying mark of 12.27m (40-03.25). True Freshman Larry Harris won the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.37 and qualified for the regional and Gaute Myklebust, whom was already qualified in the discus, qualified Saturday in the shot put with a throw of 18.12m (59-05.50).
Crawford, a two-sport athlete at Memphis placed in four events at the Mississippi Invitational. Besides winning the triple jump, she won the high jump with a mark of 1.67m (5-05.75) and placed in the long jump and javelin. Crawford makes it back-to-back years that Memphis has a qualifier in the triple jump as Lisa-Marie Hyman qualified in the event in 2003. Harris, a true freshman walk-on product of Cordova HS shaved three seconds off his time in the 400m hurdles to win the race and qualify for the regional. Harris is just the second Tiger true freshman to qualify for a regional. In 2003, Istvan Kerekjarto qualified in the 800m and 1500m as a true freshman, but did not compete due to an injury. Harris should become the first Tiger to compete in a regional as a true freshman. Myklebust, who holds the Memphis school records in the shot put and discus is now qualified for the 2004 regional in both events. After being named 2003 C-USA Male Athlete of the Year, Myklebust advanced through the 2003 regional competition and competed in the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. where he placed 15th in the shot put and 14th in the discus.
The 2004 NCAA Mid-Eastern Regional will take place on May 27-29 in Baton Rouge, La. The University of Memphis currently has seven qualifiers in eight events as these three athletes join Ivan Williams (200m), Adam Martin (shot put), Istvan Kerekjarto (800m), and Mate Nemeth (3000m Steeplechase) as Memphis regional qualifiers. These athletes will have an opportunity to advance through the regional competition to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas on June 10-13.