Women's Track Adds Six for 2004-05 Season
Oct. 27, 2004
Memphis, Tenn.-- The University of Memphis women's track team has announced the addition of six newcomers for the 2004-05 season. The group of five freshmen and one junior is expected to add needed depth in a variety of events, including hurdles, jumps, sprints, and throws.
Jumpers Chen Edri and Maria Majzik will almost certainly have an immediate impact in the Conference USA races in the high jump and long jump. Edri, a freshman from Moshe Sharet High School in Nazaret Ellit, Israel, is an extremely talented athlete, and will compete in the high jump and javelin. The reigning Israeli National Champion in each of the two events, she has personal best of 5'9" in the high jump and 137'9" in the javelin.
Majzik, a junior from Budapest, Hungary, is the lone upperclassman in the group of newcomers. She will compete primarily in the long jump for U of M, but will also run 400m hurdles at some meets. The former Hungarian U23 National Champion in long jump features a personal best of 19'8" in that event and a top time of 63.14s in the 400m hurdles.
Freshmen throwers, Sivan Aballi and Annette Uzoh will be forced to have an immediate impact on the team, which has suffered from an absence of throwers over the past few years. Aballi, from Kiriat Sharet High School in Holon, Israel, will compete in the shot put, discus, and javelin. Though she will be a major asset in all three events, she is expected to be most successful in the discus, an event in which she is a three-time Israeli champion.
Uzoh, is from Earl Warren High School in San Antonio, Texas, where she is the school record holder in the shot put (41'8") and discus (123'11"). She is also expected to be a key performer in the throws, both this year and for year to come.
Two other freshmen, Quiana Green and Ashley Stewart are expected to compete in sprints and hurdles. Green, from T.C. Williams High School in Portland, Ore., will added much needed depth at the 100m and 200m distances, where she has personal best times of 12.00s and 25.00s, respectively.
Stewart, from McClellan High School in Little Rock, Ark., where she was a state champion in the 300m hurdles, and was a member of the All-State track team. She is expected to be a key hurdler for the Lady Tigers in the very near future.
"This is a very talented group of athletes," said U of M assistant track coach Kevin Robinson. "Chen and Maria should be right at the top of the conference in high jump and long jump, and some of the others will definitely score in meets. All of the girls are great additions to our team."
These newcomers along with the rest of the Memphis women's and men's track teams will not have much longer to prepare for the start of competition, as the indoor season will get underway in just over a month. The first indoor meet will be the ASU Kickoff, hosted by Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark.