Sweeney Repeats in Long Jump at Conference USA Outdoor Championships
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).
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.
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