HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's track and field team won their fifth-straight Conference USA Championship Saturday inside Yeoman Fieldhouse Saturday night. The men claimed five individual titles and Wesley Bray was awarded Performance of the Meet.
The men scored 172 points to beat the field by 65 points. The women placed seventh with 51 points.
"A lot of the men came up real big for us today, and even some of the guys who came up a little short gave great effort," said head coach Leroy Burrell. "They did a really good job of maxing out what they were capable of what they could do. We are going to bring one of the stronger teams we ever have to nationals. I'm looking forward to the next stage and performing well."
Coach Burrell was named Men's Indoor Coach of the Year for the 10th time.
Bray, the defending C-USA heptathlon champion, set a trifecta of records in the multievent competition. Bray improved upon his meet record he set last year, and established a new field house and school record with his 5,671 points he accumulated - leaving him only four points shy of automatic qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships. That mark is the seventh best in the nation.
Another defending conference champion, Chris Carter, earned gold in the triple jump with his 15.99m/52-2.50 leap. Carter scored 20 points for the Cougars after winning the long jump the previous day. He entered this weekend's competition ranked seventh in the nation in the triple jump.
The long and triple jumps were very kind to the Cougars over the course of the meet. Following Carter in the triple jump standings were Lamar Delaney, Jonathan Williams and Thomas Lang, all placing second through fourth, respectively.
Houston notched 28 points in the triple jump and 32 points in the long jump the previous day.
Kelvin Furlough added 20 points to the point total with his victories in the 200m and 400m races. Furlough's 21.47 time in the 200m was a personal best for the Dallas, Texas, native.
Doug Kelley secured a second-place finish in the 800m with his 1:52.28 time.
Sophomore thrower John Fortune turned in his best performance of his career in the shot put with his 16.97m/55-8.25 throw.
Kiara Pulliam also had a nice showing in the throws with a second place finish and personal best distance of 14.80m/48-6.75.
Thomas Lang set a personal best in the 60m hurdles with his 7.97 time to place second.
Houston travels to Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State Qualifier next weekend before heading to College Station, Texas on March 11 and 12 for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Doug Kelley (2) 1:52.28
Wesley Ruttoh (9) 8:27.69
Houston (3) 3:20.14
Mile Beal-Ampah (3) 2.08m/6-9.75
Kennis Byers (4) 2.08m/6-9.75
John Fortune (3) 16.97m/55-8.25*
Wesley Bray (1) 5,671*MR, FHR, SR
Wesley Bray (2h) 4.80m/15-9.00*
Wesley Bray (4h) 2:49.78*
Christie Jones (8) 7.43
Brittany Wallace (6) 56.76
Brandi Witte (22) 10:51.05
Houston (Harris, Johnson), Jones, Wallace) (6) 3:52.67
DeMeeka Jones (6) 8.71
Nadirah Shakir (9) 11.61m/38-1.25
Kiara Pulliam (2) 14.80m/48-6.75*