Track and Field Honors Athletes at Annual Awards Banquet
May 6, 2010
Memphis, Tenn. – The University of Memphis track and field team celebrated the success of the 2009-10 season with the annual awards banquet on Thursday night.
Eight seniors were honored to begin the banquet. Seth Major, Steffen Nerdal, Marvin Stewart, Harding Zills, Jorgen Ekdahl, Brian Prackett, Karmyn Clark and Angela Wigley depart Memphis after successful careers with the Tiger track and field program.
Junior sprinter Richard Lowe was honored as the men’s track Athlete of the Year. The Kansas City, Mo., native broke the 400m hurdles record at the Memphis Tiger Invitational in April. Lowe finished third in the 400m dash at the C-USA Indoor Championships to earn his fourth All-C-USA performance.
Breaking three school records in one season is not an easy task and for her efforts, junior sprinter LaShundra Kershaw was honored as the women’s track Athlete of the Year. The Lambert, Miss., native holds the indoor records for the 55m dash (6.99), 60m dash (7.50) and 200m dash (24.69).
Three-time All-American Steffen Nerdal earned field Athlete of the Year honors after claiming his third-straight C-USA weight throw championship during the indoor season. The Norwegian holds the weight throw record at 23.22m (76-02.25) and the hammer throw record at 70.00m (229-08).
The women’s field Athlete of the Year award was given to junior thrower Marina Vojinovic. The Belgrade, Serbia native finished fourth in the shot put competition at the C-USA Indoor Championships to earn her second All-C-USA performance.
Sophomore pole vaulter Karlis Pujats was honored as the men’s Newcomer of the Year. The Riga, Latvia native holds the school record in both the indoor (5.21m- 17’1”) and outdoor (5.18m- 17’0”) pole vault records. Pujats bursted onto the C-USA Championship scene with a second place finish at the C-USA Indoor Championshps.
Freshman pole vaulter Lauren Gale was honored as the women’s Newcomer of the Year. The Gilbert, Ariz., native finished third at the C-USA Indoor Championships with a vault of 3.55m (11-07.75).
Track and Field Head Coach Kevin Robinson also took time to recognize manager Jonathan Cisco for his efforts with the track and field program. Cisco received the award of appreciation from Coach Robinson and the Tiger track and field coaching staff.
The Tigers return to competition on Thurs. May, 13 in Orlando, Fla., at the C-USA Outdoor Championships hosted by UCF.