Fenton Claims Gold on Day Two of Conference USA Outdoor Championships

Senior Rick Fenton claims first C-USA title in the men's hammer throw

May 10, 2013


HOUSTON– After two weather delays, the University of Houston’s multi-event student-athletes and throwers finally got to compete in day two of the Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Halloway Track/Ley Field on Friday afternoon. Senior Rick Fenton took home gold in the men’s hammer throw with a distance of 61.90m (203-1).

The school-record holder threw his third farthest of the year on his fifth attempt to claim his first C-USA title. Teammate John Fortune followed in fourth with a throw of 52.62m (172-8). On the women’s side, junior Nicole Benton finished ninth overall with a throw of 49.15m (161-3), while senior Emily Nnokwam threw a personal best of 48.57m (159-4) to place 12th.

Junior Cassie Wiley registered three points for the Cougars after placing fourth in the heptathlon with 3,042 points. Wiley’s highest place was in the javelin, where she threw 39.82m (130-8) to place fifth.

Senior Kevin Johnson and freshman Sean Spiehler both finished with personal best in the decathlon. Johnson finished in fourth with 6,612 points, while Spiehler placed eighth with 6,274 points. Not only did Spiehler record a personal record in the overall event, the Kingwood, Texas, native finished competition with personal bests in seven of the ten events.

The Cougar men go into day three of the Championships in third with 21 points, while the women’s team is tied for ninth with three points.

Saturday's action opens with the women's long jump at 4 p.m., and the running prelims are two hours later at 6 p.m. Starting at 5 p.m., Sunday, all events are final with the Championships set to conclude with the awards presentation at 9 p.m.



Fox Sports Network will televise the meet on tape delay with the first airing set for Friday, May 17. However, fans are encouraged to follow live results provided by Flash Results Texas.

A four-day pass is $25 for adults and $10 for youth (12-17). Single day tickets will be $12 per day for adults and $7 for youth (12-17). Admission is free for children ages 11 and under and for students with a valid ID card from a C-USA member institution.

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