Nolan Claims Gold in Men's 400m at NCAA Indoor Championships

    Senior Errol Nolan claims national title in men's 400m
    Senior Errol Nolan claims national title in men's 400m
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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - University of Houston senior sprinter Errol Nolan captured the gold medal in the men's 400-meter dash at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday evening with a time of 45.75.

    Nolan topped a tough field of competitors, including silver medal winner Mike Berry of Oregon (45.83), third-place finisher Hugh Graham Jr. of Florida (46.01), and No. 1 seed Deon Lendore of Texas A&M, who finished fifth overall.

    "Going into the race, I just wanted to execute," Nolan said. "As soon as a saw the runner bob their head, that was motivation for me, and I went and got him. During Indoor anyone can win a race, but you just have to run your race."

    The Rosenberg, Texas native, broke the school record in the yesterday's preliminary round to win his heat with a time of 45.72. Nolan is the 18th indoor national champion for Houston and the first in the men's 400m. This title is the first for the Cougar since Jenny Adams won the women's long jump in 2001.

    This accolade adds to Nolan's remarkable senior season. Two-weeks ago he finished first in the men's 200m and 400m at the Conference USA Indoor Championships for the third straight year.

    The men's 4x400 relay team comprised of Nolan, Garrett Hughey, Kelvin Furlough, and Eric Futch placed 10th after clocking in at 3:08.18.

    ESPNU will televise the Championships on tape delay at 6 p.m., Sunday, March 17.

    The Cougars will open their 2013 outdoor season Friday and Saturday at the TSU Relays.

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