MEMPHIS, Tenn.- After a week off from competition, Memphis track and field squads travel to New Orleans, La., for the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Tulane University. The young Tiger squad, bolstered by strong performances at the Memphis Invitational, looks to shine as the post-season begins.
"We're ready to compete, and I feel really good about where we are and how far we've come," said head coach Kevin Robinson. "It's a very young team; I feel really good about how our freshmen and sophomores have stepped up and competed at a high level all season long. I feel like I can trust the team to go out and put everything they've got into the track."
The three day competition begins Friday at Tad Gormley stadium with the decathlon and heptathlon events at 3 p.m. followed by the men's and women's hammer throw and 10000m run. An all session pass is $15 for adults and $10 for youth. C-USA students with valid I.D. are admitted free. Results from the meet will be posted on GoTigersGo.com as they are made available.
Where the Tigers Stand
In this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's South Region Top 15 Men's Team Rankings, Memphis checks in at number 10. Additionally, five Tigers make an appearance in the USTFCCCA's South Region Event Rankings.
Senior Robert Jackson ranks eighth in the 110m hurdles with his season best time of 13.98. Freshman Fabian Fiege ranks seventh in the 800m run with a season best time of 1:50.09. Sophomore Darius Lynwood checks in at number four in the high jump with his mark of 2.18m (7-01.75).
Senior pole vaulter Karlis Pujats ranks eighth with his school-outdoor record of 5.26m (17-03.00). Sophomore Will Hubber takes the sixth spot in the hammer throw. Jackson, Fiege, Lynwood and Pujats' marks all rank first in C-USA, while Hubber's ranks fifth.
Individually Funderburk, Neal and Williamson also hold top five spots in spots in C-USA. Funderburk's school-record time of 53.76 in the 400m dash ranks third, while Neal's personal-best of 54.27 ranks fifth. Williamson's school-record in the 400m hurdles places the freshman at second in the league standings.
Last Time Out
Memphis track and field squads set several personal-bests and broke school-records at the Memphis Invitational. Two freshmen had notable performances in the Tigers only home meet of the season. Freshman Kala Funderburk broke her own school-record in the women's 400m dash and took first place with at time 53.76. Fellow sprinter Maya Williamson broke the school-record in the 400m hurdles crossing the line at 52.11 to take second. In all Memphis racked up 13 first place finishes to end the regular track and field regular season.