Feb. 27, 2010
HOUSTON - The University of Houston men's track and field team continued its dominance in Conference USA, taking the C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championship title by easily outdistancing Tulsa, 183.50-107, and capturing its fourth straight crown and 11th since 1996.
UH head coach Leroy Burrell picked up C-USA Men's Indoor Coach of the Year accolades for the ninth time. Freshman Errol Nolan was named the C-USA Men's Freshman of the Year and was named a co-winner of the C-USA High Point Scorer of the Meet along with Tulsa's John Beattie and UTEP's Nicodemus Ng'etich.
The women's team fell short in its attempt to return to the victory stand, racking up 92 points to finish third behind UTEP (113.50) and Rice (110).
The men began Saturday like it left off on Friday evening...taking the top three places in a field event. In the triple jump both Chris Carter and Jonathan Williams, a pair of juniors, posted leaps of 51-00.25, taking first and second, respectively, and provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the process. Junior Thomas Lang took third with a jump of 50-1.25, while another UH junior, Lamar Delaney, captured fourth by leaping 49-6.25.
For Williams, his leap was a personal best, eclipsing the 49-9 he racked up at Texas State and the 48-8.75 he posted as a Cougar on Feb. 13 at the Texas A&M Challenge.
In the mile Houston picked up two points, when sophomore Nate Pineda finished in seventh with a time of 4:26.21.
Houston increased its lead in the 60-meter hurdles, when the Cougars took three of the top five spots and placed four in the point totals overall. Freshman Cameron LaCour took the gold medal with a 7.91 clocking, just .01 from his qualifying time he posted on Friday. Senior Darryl Cloud finished in fourth place with an 8.25 time, while sophomore D'Korian Ford clocked an 8.28 to finish fifth. Junior Emanuel Osadebey took eighth with a time of 8.43.
Junior Wesley Bray proved to the "top all-around athlete" taking the heptathlon title with a Conference USA record 5,388 points, besting Rice's Phillip Adam by just 20 points. Bray topped the previous record of 5,373 held by Houston's Ron Veillon in 2004. Bray's previous heptathlon best was 5,298 points.
In the shot put the men continued to add points to its lead and push closer to another indoor title. Junior Mike Sanchez took home third place with a put of 54-6.50, followed by a fourth-place finish by sophomore Matt Dudley (52-11.50) and a fifth-place total by freshman Teonor Davilmar (52-11.50.)
Junior sprinter Tyron Carrier lost out on the meet's fastest runner award by just .09 of a second, finishing in second place with a time of 6.83 and setting a personal best in the process. UTEP's Ronalds Arajs clocked a 6.74 to win the gold. Sophomore Isaiah Sweeney finished in fifth-place in a time of 6.89.
Moving to the 800-meters, first and second place was decided by just .02 of a second, with UTEP's Aggrey Chirchir edging past Houston sophomore Doug Kelley for the four-lap title. Kelley posted a 1:54.06 time and grabbed eight more points for the Cougars.
Nolan concluded his individual coming-out party by taking the 200-meters with a time of 21.48 to edge out Carrier for top honors. Carrier grabbed his second silver on the day with a time of 21.63. Irabor finished sixth at 22.15, while Sweeney registered an eighth-place finish with a time of 22.18.
In the final field event of the two-day event, the pole vault, the Cougars captured third place and seventh place. Junior Bryan Brown vaulted 16-1.25 for the bronze medal, and junior Derek Schutz registered a vault of 15-1.50 for the seventh-place title.
Just like on Friday it was a Top 3 finish in a field event that grabbed the first points of the day for the women's squad. In the shot put junior Kiera Pulliam took home third place with a toss of 47-11.75. Pulliam narrowly missed out on the silver medal, as UCF's Lakendra Thames posted a 48-2.00 throw.
In the 400-meters Houston grabbed third and fourth place, and with it, 11 points to its overall total. Junior Kalyn Floyd took third with a time of 55.40, while sophomore Whitney Harris finished in fourth with a time of 55.50.
Despite finishing in third place, sophomore Grecia Bolton ran an impressive 7.39 in the 60-meters, and her time is an NCAA provisional time. Junior Christie Jones took fourth with a time of 7.48 and Floyd finished in seventh at 7.67.
Floyd and Bolton helped Houston edge closer to Rice and UTEP by taking second and third, respectively in the 200-meters. Floyd ran a provisional-qualifying time of 24.12, as did Bolton with her 24.23. Sophomore Whitney Harris finished in sixth place (24.54), while Jones took seventh (24.57.)
Sophomore Ciera Johnson turned in one of the top performances on the day in the 800-meters, moving from fourth place to almost first-place on the last 100 meters. Johnson barely missed out on the gold medal, finishing with a 2:11.51 for second place.
Finally, junior Nadirah Shakir took fifth place in the triple jump with a leap of 40-1.50.