Day One a Success for Tigers at C-USA Championships
May 14, 2009
TULSA, Okla. - Day one at the 2009 C-USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships is complete. A pair of Tigers has scored points after day one as the multi events have begun and the hammer throw is complete.
"I am happy with our performances so far," said head coach Kevin Robinson. "Our kids did a good job of stepping up when we needed them to and we are set up for a big day tomorrow."
In the first event of day one, junior Harding Zills scores four points for Tigers with a fifth-place finish in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 49.32m (161-10) "Harding did a great job," said Robinson. "He started off a little slow, but then he got in a pretty good mark on his last throw and jumped a few spots to land fifth-place."
On the women's side junior Karmyn Clark was the lone athlete to earn points for the Lady Tigers in the hammer throw. She recorded a personal record throw of 50.49m (165-08) as she placed eighth.
"I'm really proud of Karmyn," said Robinson. "She stepped up and threw her lifetime best and grabbed eighth-place."
Senior Jason Morgan began the day in competition in the men's decathlon. Morgan's final C-USA appearance was cut short as an injury sidelined him after two events of the grueling ten event heptathlon.
"Unfortunately, "J-Mo" pulled his hamstring in the long jump and he is finished," said Robinson. "We expected him to do very well in this event. His strongest events were coming up. He was just getting back from a hamstring injury earlier in the year and he tweaked the other one."
In the women's heptathlon, after day one, senior Eryka Morris stands in second place with a point total of 2884. She earned third-place and 815 points in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.20. She added 701 points in the high jump with a fifth-place mark of 1.57m (5-01.75). In the shot put, the senior placed fifth earning her 554 points with a throw of 10.37m (34-00.25). In the final event of the day, Morris came in third-place in the 200m dash with a time of 25.81 giving her 814 points.
"Eryka did a great job today," said Robinson. "She has been here before and her best events are still to come. We don't expect her to lose any ground. Hopefully she can perform as well tomorrow."
Sophomore Deneen Kirk stands in sixth-place in the heptathlon with day one point total of 2686. Kirk grabbed 732 points and 13th place in the 100m hurdles while recording a time of 15.86. She grabbed 632 more points with an 11th place finish in the high jump with a mark of 1.51m (4-11.50). She placed 15th in the shot put with a throw of 8.78m (28-09.75) giving her 450 points. In day one's final event, Kirk won the 200m dash event with a time of 25.16 earning 872 points.
"This is Deneen's first time in multi event competition and she has done great," said Robinson. "I don't expect her performance to drop either because she is also strong in tomorrow's events."
Friday morning, the women's heptathlon will have athletes competing in the 100m hurdles, 200m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, javelin and 800m. The field events consist of the women's discus, long jump and high jump, while the men are in competition in the discus, long jump and pole vault. Friday's running events start at 5:30 p.m. with the men's 1,500m and wraps up with the women's 3,000m steeplechase at 9:20 p.m.
"We have some of our biggest events tomorrow," said Robinson. "We have some regional qualifiers set to go tomorrow. Aaron (Whetstone) leads the conference with his long jump mark and Inger (Anne Froysedal) is ready to compete in both the jumping events. The steeplechase is the only final event on the track, but we expect both Edwin (Kipkorir) and Jorgen (Ekdahl) to score some major points for our men's team. If the weather is right, our athletes are pumped up and ready to come out and put up some major marks."
The majority of Friday's events are preliminary races, building up to Saturday's championship action starting at 5 p.m. with the 4x100m relays and finishing with the men's and women's 4x400m relay and followed by the awards ceremony.