Memphis readies for NCAA Mid-Eastern Track & Field Regional
May 27, 2004
BATON ROUGE, La.-The University of Memphis track team will send six athletes to the NCAA Mid-Eastern Track & Field Regional hosted by Louisiana State University at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium. Memphis qualified eight athletes in 10 events for the meet, but three Tigers will not compete in the regional.
Headlining the Tigers regional qualifiers are Seniors Gaute Myklebust and Mate Nemeth. Myklebust is the favorite in the discus throw as his mark of 60.85m (a school record) ranks No. 1 in the Mid-East region. Myklebust will only compete in the discus, and not the shot put, though he qualified in both events. Nemeth will compete in the steeplechase and enters the race as the top seed with a personal season best time of 8:45.88. In 2003, both Myklebust and Nemeth advanced through regional competition to compete at the NCAA Championships. The duo looks to return to nationals this year.
Tiger senior sprinter Ivan Williams will compete in the 200m, freshman hurdler Larry Harris has qualified in the 400m Hurdles. The lone Lady Tiger qualifier is junior Victoria Crawford. She qualified in the triple jump, marking the second year in a row that Memphis has a qualifier in the event. Last year, Lisa-Marie Hyman competed at the regional in the triple jump.
Tiger Senior Stein Syverson will not compete in the shot put. He has returned to Europe and will compete for Norway in an international meet being held in Switzerland. In addition, Istvan Kerekjarto and Adam Martin will not compete at the regional meet. Martin suffered a back injury at the C-USA Championships and Kerekjarto has returned to Hungary to compete in international competition for his native country. Kerekjarto was qualified in the 1500m and 800m and ranked in the top-10 in both events. Martin qualified in the shot put.
The top four performances in each event at the NCAA Mid-Eastern Regional will earn the right to automatically ad-vance to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas on June 10-13.
Results of the meet can be found here at www.gotigersgo.com and for live scoring visit www.lsusports.net. Competition begins Friday and concludes Saturday evening.