Track team begins indoor season with bang
The University of Memphis men and women's track and field teams started the indoor season off strong Saturday at the Birmingham Southern College Icebreaker in Birmingham, Ala.
Maya Williamson headlined the day with a program-record time of two minutes, 11.31 seconds in the women's 800-meter on her way to a first-place finish. Her time bested the previous mark of 2:11.90 set by Tina Sherratt in 2007. Teammate Monica Mason came in sixth at 2:18.30.
"Today was a solid start to what I know will be a great season," track and field head coach Kevin Robinson said. "We had a substantial number of top-five finishes, along with multiple victories and a new program record. The team must focus on being more composed when exposed to competition. We struggled with composure in some situations today. All in all, I feel we are off to a great start and are hungry for more."
Kala Funderburk added another first-place finish for the women in the 400-meter race, crossing the finish line with a time of 55.63. The 4x400 relay team of Funderburk, Mason, Williamson and Jeannuel Williams also placed first with a team time of 3:46.78. The men's 4x400 relay team of Brandon Williams, O'Jike Maat, Brian Word and Aaron Willett finished second at 3:19.56.
The Tigers also earned numerous top-place finishes in the field events. Manuel Ziegler placed first in the men's triple jump with a leap of 15 meters. The freshman also placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 7.05 meters. On the women's side, Xenia Rahn earned a fifth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.69 meters.
Both the men and the women took second-place finishes in the high jump. For the men, Georgio Lynwood grabbed the second spot with a height of 2.14 meters. The women's Laura Toldy also saw a second place finish with a height of 1.70 meters.
Austin Crenshaw led the way for the men in pole vault after finishing second with a vault of 5.25 meters. Teammate Pauls Pujats placed third at 5.05 meters. For the women, Sabrina Hochreuther took second with a vault of 3.70 meters, while Carolina Carmichael placed fourth at 3.55 meters.
In the shot put, Britta Jaarats took third place with a throw of 14.32 meters, with teammate Allison Hotz earning fourth at 13.79 meters. On the men's side, Yannik Schaly threw 16.79 meters to capture second place as Andrew Miller [15.94 meters] and Matt Sipe [15.19 meters] took fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Tigers return to indoor action at the Kentucky Invitational, scheduled to take place Jan. 11-12.
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