Men's Track and Field Reclaims Conference Championship
Feb. 24, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Houston men's track and field team reclaimed the top spot at the Conference USA Indoor Championships Sunday evening. The Cougar men scored 143 points to top the competition by 18, while the women placed seventh with 44 points. This win for the men is the 13th team title since joining the conference in 1997.
Senior Errol Nolan claimed gold in the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 47.21 and also in the 200-meter dash after tying his personal best of 20.99. This was the third consecutive year Nolan has claimed the top spot in both events.
Another defending conference champion, John Horton, took the gold in the triple jump when he leaped a personal best of 15.75m (51-8.25). Teammates Malcolm Howard and Larry McDuffey both set personal best in the event. Howard jumped a length of 14.60m (47-11), while McDuffey leaped 13.52m (44-4.25).
Sophomore Yonas Tesfai set another school record for the Cougars, running 8:19.60 in the men's 3K to place fifth overall. He broke his previous record of 8:21.71, which he set last season. Tesfai also added six points for the men's team when he placed third in the men's mile with a time of 4:17.63.
Freshman Eric Futch was the runner-up to Nolan in the men's 400 when he clocked a time of 48.40. Xavier Boyd, Garrett Hughey, and Kelvin Furlough all recorded points for the Cougars after crossing the finish line in fourth-, sixth- and eighth-place respectively. For the women, senior Brittany Wallace placed fourth with a personal best of 54.27.
In the men's 60-meter hurdles, freshman Isaac Williams finished with a silver medal after running a time of 7.95. On the women's side, sophomore Sade-Mariah Greenidge ran a personal best of 8.33 to take home a bronze medal.
Competing in his first conference championship for the Cougars, freshman Leshon Collins added two to the medal count. He placed second overall in the men's 60-meter dash with a time of 6.71 and third in the men's 200-meter with a personal best of 21.34.
In the men's 800-meter dash, sophomore Anthony Coleman (1:53.95) was one second behind Tulsa's nationally ranked senior, Chris O'Hare. Fellow sophomore, Mark Fernando placed eighth overall with a time of 1:59.21.
After two days of competition, senior Kevin Johnson placed fifth in the men's heptathlon, while freshman Sean Spiehler took home an eighth-place finish. Johnson finished with 4,736 points and Spiehler tallied 4,676 points.
On the women's side, junior Cassie Wiley tied for second in the women's high jump. Wiley cleared 1.73m (5-8) for a personal best.
The men's and women's 4x400 relay concluded the two-day championship. The Cougar men placed fourth with a time of 3:16.40, while the women clocked a 3:46.85 to finished seventh overall.
Head Coach and Cougar great Leroy Burrell was named Men's Indoor Coach of the Year. This honor is the Burrell's 11th-time receiving this award.