@MemTigersTF_XC Readies for NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 10, 2014
EUGENE, Ore.-Five University of Memphis athletes are set to compete in the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships set to begin on Wednesday at the University of Oregon. This marks the second-straight year that at least five Tigers have advanced to the championships.
"I feel really good about a couple of different things," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "It is very good for our program, a program that is growing. Every year we seem to have a little bit more of a presence on the national scene. We only have one senior in the group, the other four are all underclassmen, so that bodes well for the future of the program. These five individuals are all the best kind of athlete, very coachable, hard working, and high levels of integrity. These are the kind of kids you love to coach and the ones you want the very best for and they are the ones that go out and get it done. It's the best time of the year for us."
Sophomore Luis Hanssler (decathlon), junior Pauls Pujats (men's pole vault), senior Austin Crenshaw (men's pole vault), freshman Luke Vaughn (men's discus) and sophomore Carolina Carmichael (women's pole vault) will take to the national stage for Memphis. For Hannsler it will be his second trip to the outdoor national championship.
In 2013, Hanssler advanced to the championship finals in the long jump, placing 22nd overall. This year Hanssler qualified for the decathlon finals after earning a No. 16 national ranking of the TFRRS.org NCAA Division I Qualifying List with a program-record score of 7,471 points set during his championship performance at the American Athletic Conference Championship.
Hanssler will begin the decathlon on Wednesday with the 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m slated for competition. The decathlon will conclude on Thursday with the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500m.
Pujats and Crenshaw are both first-time outdoor championship qualifiers in the men's pole vault. The duo will compete on Wednesday with a start time slated for 6:00 p.m. (CT). Both advanced to the national finals after clearing a height of 5.32m (17'5.5) at the NCAA East Preliminary.
Pujats is no stranger to the national spotlight, after earning a trip to the 2014 NCAA Indoor National Championship in March. Pujats attained Indoor All-America First Team honors with bronze medal performance in the indoor men's pole vault finals. Pujats currently ranks No. 27 in the world on the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) men's pole vault performance standings.
In the women's pole vault, first-time qualifier Carolina Carmichael will take center stage on Friday with the competition set to begin at 5:15 p.m. (CT). Carmichael advanced to the championship finals after tying for third at the NCAA East Preliminary with a new program-record height of 4.20m (13'9.25"). Carmichael's program-record currently ranks 65th in the world on the latest IAAF women's pole vault performance standings.
Luke Vaughn will be the final Tiger in competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the men's discus. The freshman will take to the throwing cage on Friday at 6:00 p.m. (CT). Vaughn advanced to the national finals with throw 58.02m (190'4") for a ninth place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary. Vaughn's qualifying mark ranks 129th in the world on the latest IAAF men's discus performance standings.
The 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be broadcast across the various networks of ESPN. ESPN3 will carry Thursday and Friday's action live beginning at 8:55 p.m. (CT). ESPNU will carry Friday and Saturday's action live beginning at 9:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday and 9:00 p.m. (CT) on Saturday.
Results from each day of competition will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.