May 4, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Houston men's track & field team were crowned the 2014 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Champions Sunday afternoon at the USF Track & Field Stadium.
Houston becomes the first team to win a conference championship this season. The Cougar men's team pulled out the win with 156.50 points followed by Memphis with 146 points. UConn finished third with 144 points.
The Men's 4x400-meter relay team sealed the championship title with a first place finish at 3:08.84, the second fastest time of the season.
The Men's 4x100-meter relay team of LeShon Collins, Errol Nolan, James Arnett and Cameron Burrell blew out the competition with a season best time of 39.61 to win the conference title. The time is a new conference record and USF Track & Field stadium record. The quartet moves up to No. 8 in the region and No. 11 in the nation.
The Cougar Men also went 1-2-3 in the 200m with senior Nolan leading the way. He took the conference crown with a time of 20.85, 21st in the region. Collins followed in second with a time of 21.11 while Burrell finished in third (21.16).
Burrell and Collins also went 1-2 in the 100m. Collins took the conference title with a time of 10.57 running into a 2.6 meters per second headwind. Burrell followed with a time of 10.76 (-2.6).
Nolan, the 2013 C-USA outdoor champion and the NCAA indoor champion, took the 400m conference championship once again with a time of 46.00.
Sophomore Issac Williams once again took the sprint hurdles championship as he ran 13.94 into the wind of the 110m hurdle final.
Junior John Horton also helped the Cougars to a win as he finished third in the triple jump. His leap of 15.34m (50-4) was the second best of the season.
Nolan was selected as the Men's Track Most Outstanding Performer after winning the 200m, 400m, 4x100m and 4x400m and Houston's coaching staff was named Men's Coaching Staff of the Year.
On the women's side, SMU took the team championship with 153.2 points followed by UCF (138.6) and UConn (111.6). The Cougar Women finished fourth with 111.2 points.
Junior Sade-Mariah Greenidge once again took the sprint hurdle championship with her 13.48 time into the wind during the 100m hurdles final. She also finished second in the 400m hurdles with a time of 57.90. Greenidge's time is the fourth fastest time is school history.
Senior Cassie Wiley had an outstanding conference meet as she, once again, took second in the high jump after clearing 1.73m (5-8).
The women's 4x100m relay team originally had the fastest time of the meet, but was disqualified for an exchange zone violation, taking away 10 of the Cougars team points.
Women's Team Scores
1. SMU - 153.20
2. UCF - 138.60
3. UConn - 111.60
4. Houston - 111.20
5. Louisville - 77.80
6. Rutgers - 62
7. USF - 49.20
8. Memphis - 47
9. Cincinnati - 45.40
10. Temple - 23
Men's Team Scores
1. Houston - 156.50
2. Memphis - 147
3. UConn - 144
4. Louisville - 113
5. USF - 82
6. Rutgers - 73.50
7. Cincinnati - 72
8. Temple - 26
Houston will travel to the Georgia Tech Invitational May 17 in hopes of qualifying more athletes for the NCAA regional meet May 29-31 in Fayetteville, Ark.