@MemTigersTF_XC Qualifies 12 Athletes for the NCAA Postseason
May 22, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-University of Memphis track and field squads will send a total of 12 Tigers to the NCAA postseason the Indianapolis, Ind., based organization announced on Thursday. This marks the fourth-straight outdoor campaign the Tigers have sent at least 12 athletes to the postseason.
On the men's side, Luis Hanssler qualified for the 2014 Outdoor Track and Field Champion in the decathlon. Needing a top-24 national ranking to punch his ticket, Hanssler finished the regular season ranked 16th overall on the TFFRS.org NCAA Division I Qualifying list with his American Athletic Conference Championship winning score and program-record of 7,471 points.
This will be Hanssler's second trip to the NCAA Championship. In 2013 the Ratingen, Germany, native advanced in the long jump where he finished 22nd overall. The 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship is set for June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
Seven more athletes from the men's squad will seek to join Hanssler at the championship. Georgio Lynwood (High Jump), Pauls Pujats (Pole Vault), Austin Crenshaw (Pole Vault), Jaleen White (Long Jump), Yannik Schaly (Shot Put), Luke Vaughn (Shot Put, Discus) and Thomas Poole (Javelin) all qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary set for May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla.
For Crenshaw, this marks the fourth time the senior has qualified for the preliminary round. Lynwood qualified in the high jump for the third-straight season. Pujats makes his second appearance at the preliminary, along with Yannik Schaly. White, Vaughn and Poole are all making their first NCAA postseason trip.
On the women's side, four athletes will don the Blue and Gray at the NCAA East Preliminary. Maya Williamson (400m Hurldes), Carolina Carmichael (Pole Vault), Sabrina Hochrether (Pole Vault) and Vivian Brandhoff (Shot Put) all punched their ticket to Jacksonville.
Williamson is making her third appearance at the NCAA Preliminary in the 400m hurdles. In 2013, Williamson advanced through the preliminary round qualifying for the national championship in the 400m hurdles and 4 x 400m relay, earning All-America second team honors in the 4 x 400m.
Hochreuther and Brandhoff are both making their second appearance in the preliminary round. For Carmichael, this will be her first trip to the NCAA postseason.
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