Two Tigers to Compete at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- University of Memphis track and field freshmen Godfrey Fayne and Taylor Kriha will represent Memphis at the 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championship set for June 19-23 in Des Moines, Iowa. This marks the third-straight year that Memphis has qualified athletes for the event.
"Taylor and Godfrey are both a testament to our recruiting," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "They've both performed at high level as true freshman. The ultimate for a domestic born United States born athlete is to qualify for the USA Junior Championships. For them to do that is a huge accomplishment."
The competition at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships consists of the top athletes ages 16-19 from across the country. The top finishers in each event will have the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2013 Pan Am Junior Athletics Competition in Medellin, Columbia August 23-25.
Fayne met the men's 800m qualifying standard of 1:52.54 with a personal-best time of 1:52.40 run at the 2013 Conference USA Outdoor Championships (5/11/13). During the outdoor track and field season, the Byhalia, Miss., native recorded five top-10 finishes in the 800m with three in the top-five.
Kriha met the women's qualifying standard in the women's 800m of 2:12.14 with a personal-best time of 2:11.94 run at the Ole Miss Invitational (4/13/13). Running in six meets for the Tigers during the outdoor season, Kriha notched three top-10 finishes with two in the top-five.
A third Tiger, Brandon Keys, met the qualifying standard in the men's 2,000m Steeplechase of 6:25.00 with a personal-best time of 6:23.52 run at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational. However, Keys will not compete at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships focusing instead on the upcoming cross country season.
Fayne and Kriha are both set to run on Thursday (6/20) with the junior women's 800m first round set for 12:30 p.m. (CT) followed by the junior men's 800m first round at 12:50 p.m. Results from the 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be posted on GoTigerGo.com as they are made available.