Carter and Bentley Become Conference Champions

Alex Bentley

May 15, 2011

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HOUSTON - Chris Carter and Alex Bentley captured conference titles to lead the Cougars men team to first place at the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Rice University.

Carter (7.49m/24-6.5) led the Houston long jumpers as they claimed 25 points in the event. Jonathan Williams (7.44m/24-5) took second place as the top-two competitors for Houston missed out on personal bests by 0.01m.

It was the third Outdoor C-USA Championship for Carter, his first in the long jump. He is the two-time defending triple jump tomorrow and takes off to defend his crown at 4 p.m.

Junior Thomas Lang (7.35m/24-1.5) did improve upon his own best mark on his way to fourth place. Wesley Bray (7.29m/23-11) placed seventh to score points for Houston as well.

The pole vault saw the Cougars finish 1-2 in as well as Bentley (5.11m/16-9.25) teamed with freshman Seth Arnold to sweep the top spots. Michael Mahnke also registered points with his fifth place finish to give the Cougars 22 points in the event.

Bentley won the pole vault as a freshman in 2007.

A number of Cougars sprinters qualified for Sunday's finals and Errol Nolan led the way, taking the top seed with his wins in the 200m (20.85) and 400m (46.20).

Tyron Carrier advanced to championship Sunday in the 100m (10.74) and 200m (21.24), seeded fourth in both events.

Grecia Bolton and Whitney Harris both qualified for the 100m and 200m finals. Bolton is seeded third in both events (11.54, 23.41) and Harris finished in fourth and eighth (11.50*, 23.60). Tai'shea Reese (23.56) will join the duo in the 200m tomorrow for a crowded Cougar finals as she set a personal best in the event.

All four men's 110m hurdlers advanced to Sunday's Championships. Thomas Lang (14.50), Leon Bullock (14.54*), Emmanuel Osadebey (14.76) and Kevin Johnson (15.19) finished 2-3-6-8 in the preliminaries.

Kalyn Floyd (53.24) won her heat to advance to the 400m finals tomorrow. Brittany Wallace (54.52) also won her heat to qualifier for the finals as she closed the distance and overtook the leader in the final 10 meters. They are seeded 4 and 5.

Ciera Johnson (2:10.86) led from start to finish first n the 800m preliminaries.

Two steeplechasers earned points for the Cougars as Kathryn Ducommun set a personal best (10:45.89) to place fifth. Andres Santaolalla (9:41.02) took seventh for the men's side.

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Tyron Carrier	(4q)	10.74
Jeffery Thomas	(8q)	10.91

200m Errol Nolan (1q) 20.85 Tyron Carrier (4q) 21.24 Jeffery Thomas (10) 21.77* Joseph Irabor (17) 22.83

400m Errol Nolan (1q) 46.20 Garrett Hughey (7q) 48.14*

800m Doug Kelley (8q) 1:52.75 Drevan Anderson-Kappa (10) 1:53.13* John Salazar (15) 1:58.80*

110m Hurdles Thomas Lang (2q) 14.50 Leon Bullock (3q) 14.54* Emmanuel Osadebey (6q) 14.76 Kevin Johnson (8q) 15.19

400m Hurdles Jason Perez (2q) 52.23 Emmanuel Osadebey (7q) 53.54* Leon Bullock (8q) 54.07* Jordan Hofbauer (10) 54.40

3000m Steeplechase Andres Santaolalla (7) 9:41.02

Long Jump Chris Carter (1) 7.48m/24-6.5 Jonathan Williams (2) 7.44m/24-5 Thomas Lang (4) 7.35m/24-1.5* Wesley Bray (7) 7.29m/23-11 Lamar Delaney (10) 7.02m/23-0.5 Simon Stewart (18) 5.10m/16-8.75

Discus Throw Rick Fenton (5) 47.75m/156-8* Ray Lian (8) 46.40m/152-3*

Pole Vault Alex Bentley (1) 5.11m/16-9.25 Seth Arnold (2) 5.11m/16-9.25* Michael Mahnke (5) 4.86m/15-11.25 Wesley Bray (11) 4.41m/14-5.50

1) Houston 58 2) Tulsa 49 3) Rice 42 4) UTEP 40 5) East Carolina 33 6) Southern Miss 25
6) Memphis 25 8) Tulane 1   WOMEN 100m Grecia Bolton (3q) 11.54 Whitney Harris (4q) 11.50* Tai'shea Reese (9) 11.63

200m Grecia Bolton (3q) 23.41 Tai'shea Reese (7q) 23.56* Whitney Harris (8q) 23.60 Ngozi Onwumere (21) 24.61*

400m Kalyn Floyd (4q) 53.24 Brittany Wallace (5q) 54.52* Clarissa Payton (13) 56.60*

800m Ciera Johnson (1q) 2:10.86 Erica Hannemann (14) 2:15.13 Eryn Barroso (24) 2:20.79 Jessica Stewart (26) 2:24.89

1500m Erica Hannemann (11q) 4:40.43* Megan Munoz (14) 4:44.63 Yasiris Gonzalez (19) 5:13.31

100m Hurdles DeMeeka Jones (3q) 13.63 Alysha Cook (8q) 14.08 Megan Bibbs (11) 14.37

400m Hurdles Alysha Cook (9) 1:02.47 Amber Sellers (14) 1:03.35

3000m Steeplechase Kathryn Ducommun (5) 10:45.89* Jasmine Trier (12) 11:33.89*

High Jump Megan Frausto (4) 1.70m/5-7 Laura Allred (10) 1.60m/5-3

Long Jump Tai'shea Reese (4) 6.17m/20-3 Keythra Richards (9) 5.85m/19-2.5* Ngozi Onwumere (14) 5.63m/28-5.75*

Javelin Throw Shannan Arnold (13) 33.05m/108-05

Shot Put Kiara Pulliam (4) 14.68m/48-2 Nicole Benton (7) 13.87m/45-6.25*

1) SMU 60 2) East Carolina 39 3) Southern Miss 38 4) UTEP 37 5) Houston 23.50 5) UAB 23.50 7) Rice 22 8) Tulsa 17 9) Memphis 15 10) UCF 14 11) Marshall 13 12) Tulane 10



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