Tigers to Send 18 Track and Field Athletes to the NCAA Postseason
May 16, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-A program-record 18 University of Memphis track and field athletes qualified for the NCAA postseason on Thursday. The Tigers eclipsed the previous record of 14 qualifiers recorded in both 2011 and 2012.
The Tigers will have one multi-event athlete represent the program at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship set for June 5-8, in Eugene, Ore. Xenia Rahn qualified for the women's heptathlon with her 5,463-point performance at the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. This will be Rhan's first post-season appearance in outdoor competition.
Seven women qualified for the NCCA East Preliminary. Kala Funderburk (400m, 4 x 400m relay), Keyona Neal (400m, 4 x 400m relay), Maya Williamson (400m hurdles, 4 x 400m relay), Monica Mason (4 x 400m realy), Sabrina Hochreuther (pole vault), Clara Amat Fernandez (pole vault) and Vivian Brandhoff (shot put) will represent Memphis in the preliminary round. This will be Funderburk, Neal, Williamson and Mason's second straight appearance in the NCAA postseason, with Hochreuther, Amat-Fernandez and Brandhoff making their first appearance.
The Memphis men's team recorded 10 qualifying marks for the NCAA East Preliminary. Brandon Williams (400m hurdles), Georgio Lynwood (high jump), Austin Crenshaw (pole vault), Pauls Pujats (pole vault), Nate Arnold (pole vault), Luis Hanssler (long jump), Manuel Ziegler (triple jump), Andrew Miller (hammer throw), Yannik Schaly (shot put) and Kyle Bynum (javelin) will represent the Tigers in the postseason.
This year marks the third year in a row that Crenshaw and Williams have qualified for the preliminary round. Bynum and Lynwood will make their second straight appearance, while Arnold, Pujats, Hanssler, Ziegler, Miller and Schaly will be making their first appearance.
The NCAA East Preliminary will take place on the campus of North Carolina A & T in Greensboro, N.C. , May 23-15. For more information on the University of Memphis track and field program and all Tigers, athletics please visit GoTigersGo.com.