Sweeney Repeats in Long Jump at Conference USA Outdoor Championships

Senior Isaiah Sweeney repeats in the men's long jump

May 11, 2013


HOUSTON- Senior jumper Isaiah Sweeney defended this conference long jump title during day three of the Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Rice's Holloway Track/Ley Field Saturday evening. Sweeney would go on to top his competition with a personal-record setting leap of 7.76m (25-5.5).

The Missouri City, Texas, native claimed his second straight title and his third in four years. On the women's side, junior Ngozi Onwumere took home the bronze with a personal best of 6.17m (20-3), while fellow jumper Alicia Perkins finished fifth overall with personal record of 6.00m (19-8.25).

In the men's discus, senior Rick Fenton and junior John Fortune would place fourth and seventh, respectively. Fenton threw a distance of 48.57m (159-4), while Fortune threw 45.98m (150-10).

Senior Kathryn Ducommun finished in third for the Cougars in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase. Ducommun ran a personal record of 10:42.03.

A number of runners qualified for Sunday's finals. The men's side led the way with 10 individuals looking to take gold and the team's fifth straight conference outdoor title.

Sade-Mariah Greenidge and Amber Sellers both qualified for the women's 100- and 400-meter hurdles. Greenidge is seeded third (13.67) and fourth (1:00.13) and Sellers is eighth (13.97) and sixth (1:00.80). Sophomore Alicia Perkins will join the duo in the 100-meter hurdles after placing sixth with a time of 13.78.



The men's 110-meter hurdle finals will be crowded with Cougars as Leon Bullock, Kevin Johnson, and Isaac Williams will all compete for the No. 1 spot. Williams finished first (13:94) followed by Bullock in second (14.08) and Johnson in eighth (15.20).

In the men's 400-meter dash, sophomore Xavier Boyd claimed the top spot in the prelims with a time of 47.03. Teammate Jermaine Fyffe closed out the qualifying list with a time of 48.24. For the women, junior Ngozi Onwumere finished fifth with a time of 53.96, while freshman Kelli Hardnett claimed eighth after crossing the line at the 55.16 mark.

The 100-meter dash finals will see three Houston student-athletes competing. Sophomore Kiersten Brewer finished sixth with a personal best of 11.68 to advance. For the Cougar men, freshman Leshon Collins ran a 10.35 in his first collegiate 100-meters, while Sweeney claimed the third fastest time (10.48). Sweeney will also advance to the finals in the men's 200-meter dash as the second seed (21.22).

In the men's 800-meter run, junior Drevan Anderson-Kaapa topped his competition with a time of 1:52.13. Fellow runner, Anthony Coleman followed in second with a time of 1:53.17.

Freshman Eric Futch qualified for two of Sunday's finals. Futch will run the 400-meter hurdles as the top seed (51.98) and the 200-meter dash as the fourth (21.38).

The Houston men sit in fourth-place with 40.50 points, while the women's team is in seventh with 20 points.

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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