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Track and field athletes garner recognition

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 00:01


Two University of Memphis track and field standouts from Germany received Conference USA Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday, as announced by the league office.

Xenia Rahn, a sophomore from Hamburg, Germany, was named Co-C-USA Female Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for her pentathlon win at the Rod McCravy Invitational hosted by the University of Kentucky. Additionally, Luis Hanssler, a freshman from Ratingen, Germany, was named C-USA Male Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for his first-place finish in the heptathlon at the invitational.

This marks the second time a Tiger has received the honor this year. Manuel Ziegler, a sophomore from Neustadt, Germany, received the honor on Jan. 15 for his excellence in the triple jump.

Rahn scored 4,191 points in the pentathlon to set a new record at the U of M. Her score currently ranks third in NCAA Division I. Rahn also set a program record for her score in the pentathlon’s high jump. She cleared 5’11.25”, placing her 13th in the nation for the high jump.

“She pulled out some really nice performances, and to be ranked in multiple events on the way to ranking really high in the pentathlon is really something to be proud of,” said U of M track and field coach Kevin Robinson.

Hanssler won four of the seven events (60 meter dash, long jump, 60m hurdles and the 1000m run) in his program-best performance. Hanssler’s performance in the heptathlon currently ranks 15th in the country.

“With Luis being a freshman, this was the first multi-event competition he competed in for us,” Robinson said. “For him to be able to perform with the composure he did and at the level he did was really impressive.”

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