Memphis, Tenn.– Carolina Carmichael broke her own school record after clearing 4.40m in the pole vault, Martina Rodriguez-Sala broke the 1500m record by more than four seconds for a huge personal-best and Maya Williamson smashed the school record in the 800m with a breakthrough performance, Saturday afternoon at the John McDonnell Invitational.

“On the womens side, DaQuanya Byrd-West set two lifetime bests in the 100M and 200M, as did Destinee Lansden in the 400M,” head coach Kevin Robinson said. “Sabrina and Clara both cleared 4.05 in the vault, which should solidify there places alongside Carolina at the NCAA East regional. Chardae Greenlee lengthened her personal outdoor best in the triple jump, also further solidifying her spot at the NCAA Regional as well. Sydney Wright had some very nice jumps today in the long jump, and is poised to go even further in the coming meets. I am very proud of the effort these girls gave this weekend.”

The meet began Friday afternoon and finished on Saturday. Day one of the invitational began with field events followed by running events.

Luke Vaughn clinched the title in the men’s discus throw with a mark of 56.08m, on day one at the John McDonnell Invitational.

Rafael Vallery (50.22m) and Yannik Schaly (49.60m) rounded out the top-5 with third and fourth-place finishes in the men’s discus throw.

Long jumper Sydney Wright posted fourth with a mark of 5.69m. Chiamaka Okparaebo took tenth with a leap of 5.34m. Luis Hansslerclaimed fifth on the men’s side with a mark of 7.01m.

The invitational resumed Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. (CT) with the field events followed by the running events beginning at 2:00 p.m. (CT).

Clara Amat-Fernandez and Sabrina Hochreuther each cleared 4.05m, tying for ninth in the pole vault.

Chardae Greenlee leaped for 12.81m, posting a second-place finish for the Lady Tigers in the triple jump.

Martine Bye notched a top-5 finish in the javelin throw (4th; 39.89m) and took eighth in the shot put with a mark of 12.61m.

DaQuanya Byrd-West placed 10th in 11.87 in the 100m dash and 13th in the 200m dash in 24.55. Destinee Lansden posted a tenth-place finish in the 400m dash in a time of 55.63. Maya Williamson clinched a top-5 finish in the 800m, taking third with a time of 2:07.56. Martina Rodriguez-Sala took second in the 1500m race in 4:22.72.

“On the mens side, i thought the trio of Corentin Louis, Fabian Fiege and Austin Carter ran very solid races in the 1500M,” Robinson said. “Tyrelle Forde ran a very solid hurdle race, as well as Luis Hanssler who had a very fast personal best as a decathlete. Antuan Andrews,Luis Hanssler and Chris Walker all ran personal bests today in the 400m. I also thought that Aaron Willet and Michael Carey stepped up big in the 400 hurdles races, even though Michael was disqualifed on a technicality. Pauls Pujats jumped a nice seasonal best in the pole vault, showing some signs of his return to form from last season. Wade Wells had a very solid lifetime best in the shot put, adding to an already very solid group of throwers. The javelin group, led by freshman Michael Criticos, dominated the event going 2,3,4. Matt Sipe also had a lifetime best in the hammer, showing signs of bigger throws to come. Although the shot put group did not put up big numbers, they did compete well.”

Donovan Ellison placed 13th in the 200m with a time of 22.22. Antaun Andrews (7th; 48.76), Luis Hanssler (9th; 49.28) and Chris Walker (10th; 49.49) propelled the Tigers to three top-10 finishes in the 400m dash. In the men’s 800m run, Alex Klatt (11th; 1:54.01), Brock Ballard(12th; 1:54.18) and Godfrey Fayne (15th; 1:54.87) claimed top-15 finishes. Corentin Louis (5th; 3:50.99) clinched a top-5 finish, while teammates Fabian Fiege (9th; 3:53.93) and Austin Carter (10th; 3:56.56) notched top-10 finishes in the 1500m run.

Tyrell Forde took second in the 110m hurdles in 14.49. Aaron Willett recorded a fourth-place finish with a time of 54.62 in the 400m hurdles.Jacob Ryan earned fourth in the 3000m steeplechase in a time of 9:44.92.

In the men’s pole vault, Pauls Pujats posted a top-5 finish (4th) clearing 5.25m.

After having a successful discus throw event on Friday, Schaly, Vaughn and Vallery continued to impress. Yannik Schaly (3rd; 17.14m) andLuke Vaughn (4th; 17.00m) recorded two top-5 finishes, while Rafael Vallery (16.23m) clinched seventh for a top-10 finish.

Matt Sipe earned third (56.36m) for a top-5 finish in the hammer throw.

Michael Criticos (2nd; 66.86m), Thomas Poole (65.22m) and Kyle Bynum (64.26m) dominated the men’s javelin throw, each posting a top-5 finish for the Tigers.

“Overall, I feel that we had a great meet,” Robinson said. “We are finally starting to find our stride, and look to continue to improve next week heading to the Auburn War Eagle Invitational. We continue to add numbers to our NCAA Regional Qualifying group and look forward to getting better each week. We just need to continue to stay motivated, stay healthy and stay focused.”

Memphis will travel to Auburn, Ala., next weekend to compete in the Auburn War Eagle Invitational.


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