Feb. 23, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.– Junior Emily Nnokwam erased the previous school record of 18.60m (61-0) in the women’s weight throw with a personal best of 18.99m (62-3.75) to take sixth in the event on the first day of competition at the Conference USA Indoor Championships.
After the first day of competition, the women’s team sits in fourth with 22 points, while the men are in fifth with 26 points. Memphis leds the C-USA leaderboard on the women’s side with 36 points, and UTEP is in the top spot on the men’s side with 47 points.
Nnokwam’s fellow school record holder, senior Rick Fenton, grabbed the Cougar’s first medal of the weekend when he placed second in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 18.11m (59-5). Fenton entered the competition ranked fourth in the conference.
In the women’s pentathlon, junior Cassie Wiley took home a fourth-place finish with a personal best of 3,598 points. The Wellington, Kan. native, set new personal records in four of the five events.
Freshman Isaac Williams cleared 2.01m (6-7) in the men’s high jump to finish in draw for third with two others. This was the first time Williams competed in this event for the Cougars.
In the women’s long jump, sophomore Alicia Perkins added a silver medal to the mix when she jump a personal best of 6.04m (19-9.75) to place second overall, while junior Ngozi Onwumere leaped a new personal record of 5.90m (19-4.25) to finished in fourth. On the men’s side, senior Simon Stewart jumped to the 7.25m (23-9.5) mark to round out the top-five. The 2012 Freshman of the Meet and reigning C-USA Triple Jump Champion, John Horton, and freshman Cougar football standout, Larry McDuffey, came in sixth and eighth respectively. Horton jumped 7.24m (23-9), while McDuffey in his first collegiate competition leaped 6.96m (22-10).
After the first day of competition in the men’s heptathlon, senior Kevin Johnson sits in fifth with 2,767 points, followed by freshman Sean Spiehler in sixth with 2,750 points.
In the men’s 800-meter dash, sophomore Anthony Coleman racked in the second fastest time (1:54.02) in the preliminary round, while sophomore Mark Fernando claimed the last spot in the finals with a time of 1:54.67.
Five Cougars qualified for the men’s 400-meter dash. Two-time C-USA Champion, Errol Nolan, tallied the top spot with a 46.92 finish, followed by freshman Eric Futch at 48.24. Kelvin Furlough (48.61), Garrett Hughey with a personal best of 48.82, and Xavier Boyd (48.93) also qualified for the finals.
On the women’s side, senior Brittany Wallace finished fourth in the prelims with a time of 55.79. Not only did Ngozi Onwumere record a personal best in the women’s long jump, she also did in the preliminary round of the women’s 400-meter. Onwumere crossed the finish line at the 55.92 mark.
Freshman Leshon Collins looks to bring home gold in two events tomorrow, the men’s 60-meter and 200-meter dash. Collins finished the 60m with a time of 6.69, while finishing behind fellow freshman Eric Futch (21.36) in the 200m with a time of 21.64. Also qualifying for the men’s 200m is Nolan, who is looking to three-peat in the event, with a time of 21.66.
In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, current school record holder, Isaac Williams, looks to hold the lone spot in the record books after running the second fastest time in the prelims (7.98). Teammates Leon Bullock (8.15) and Kevin Johnson (8.32) also qualified for tomorrow’s finals. For the women, sophomore Sade-Mariah Greenidge (8.42) and Alicia Perkins (8.52) qualified.
A LOOK AHEAD
Competition resumes at 10 a.m., Sunday with the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon. An awards presentation will conclude the two-day meet at 5:45 p.m.
FOX Sports Network will televise the Championship on a tape delay with the first airing set for Friday, March 1 at 11 a.m. However, fans are encouraged to follow the live results provided by Flash Results Texas.
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