Feb. 25, 2012
Birmingham, AL - The University of Houston track and field teams concluded day one of the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex on Saturday. The men lead the field by one point after five events, while the women are currently third.
"We had some good things happen today," head coach Leroy Burrell said. "We had three champions in Karley King, Megan Frausto and Isaiah Sweeney. We also had a couple of setbacks and we have to find a way to overcome them."
Frausto was the first Cougar to take gold on Saturday, as she won the women's pentathlon with her score of 3,931. Frausto led the way through three events before Vanessa Jules of Marshall took a four point lead going into the final event. Frausto took second in the 800m with her time of 2:20 to capture the victory.
King added a second gold medal for the women as she took first place in the women's pole vault with her mark of 4.06m. King entered the competition at 3.76m and successfully completed every vault until attempting to break the meet record of 4.15m.
Tai'shea Reese added another solid performance, as she took fourth in the women's long jump. Reese was tied with UCF's Jacquelyn Gilchris for third-place as they both jumped 6.05m, but Gilchris' second best jump topped Reese's, earning her the third place finish.
Junior Rick Fenton was the first to score for the men on Saturday, as he took second in the men's weight throw with his toss of 18.57m.
Sweeney then took first in the men's long jump with his 24-11.25 leap, earning the first gold medal for the men's squad. Junior Simon Stewart and freshman John Horton placed third and fourth, respectively, netting Houston 21 points in the long jump event.
The field events proved prosperous again when Kennis Byers took third in the high jump with his season best, 6-09.75 mark. Entering the meet, Byers' best mark was 6-08.25.
Sprinter Errol Nolan didn't fail to impress as he broke into the NCAA's top-10 in the men's 200m dash during the prelims, running a season best 22.99. Nolan is now tied for ninth nationally and fourth all-time in the University of Houston indoor track and field record books behind Joe Deloach's 20.98 mark.
Houston will return to the Crossplex for the final day of the C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Action will begin at 10:00a.m., with the heptathlon, followed by the field events at noon and running events at 2:00p.m.
"We just have to go out and fight and scrap for every single point," Burrell said. "That should be on everybody's mind for tomorrow, everybody has to contribute.
1 - Megan Frasuto - 3,931
1 - K. King - 4.06m
10 - Emily Nnokwam - 16.57m
12 - Nicole Benton - 16.17m
4. - Tai'shea Reese - 6.05m
7 - Key Richards - 5.84m
10 - Dominique Brisco - 5.63m
11 - Alicia Perkins - 5.63
2 - Rick Fenton - 18.57m
1 - Isaiah Sweeney - 7.60m
3 - Simon Stewart - 7.29m
4 - John Horton - 7.17m
3 - Kennis Byers - 2.08m