Men Take Team Title at C-USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Freshman D'Korian Ford was honored as C-USA Outdoor Freshman of the Year.

May 16, 2009


TULSA, Okla. - TULSA, Okla. - The University of Houston men's track and field team claimed the team championship at the 2009 Conference USA Outdoor Championships on Saturday, notching their first outdoor title since the 2005 season.

The Cougar men rolled to victory after racking up 198 points to edge UTEP's 149, while the women's team finished in fourth place with 86.5 points.

After guiding UH to the 21st combined conference team championship under his watch, Houston head coach Leroy Burrell was named the Men's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career.

"I'm really excited for our men's team," Burrell said. " It's been a long time since our men have been able to put it all together and win the outdoor championship.

"It's a testament to our seniors like Ivan Diggs and Morgan Floyd who both did a great job and scored a lot of points today. We also had a freshman in D'Korian Ford who scored a lot of points as well, so it was an admirable team effort.

"We fought through some injuries and some disqualifications, and put together a real clutch performance. I'm really proud of the way they performed."

Overall, Houston pocketed 13 medals, including six golds on the final day of competition as the Cougars notched a total of seven individual titles during the meet.

Sophomore Chris Carter pocketed his second career conference title, taking gold in the triple jump en route to earning Male Performance of the Meet honors.

Entering the championships ranked fifth in the nation in the event, Carter cleared a wind-aided 16.30m (53-05.75) on his third attempt to cruise to the victory.



After pocketing three medals on the final day of competition, Ford was named C-USA Freshman of the Year, sweeping both the indoor and outdoor honors this year.

Ford took silver in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.61 before taking bronze in the 400-meter hurdles (52.12)and the high jump (2.00m/6-06.75).

Ranked third in the nation in the high jump, Diggs took home gold with a clearance of 2.15m (7-00.50) to set his sixth NCAA regional mark of the season. Ranked third in the nation in the 100-meter hurdles, senior Seun Adigun captured her second career conference title in the event with a wind-aided time of 13.11.

Adigun would add a bronze medal running the anchor in the 4X100-meter relay and a fourth-place finish in the 200m with a clocking of 24.04.

Junior Jason Perez successfully defended his 400-meter hurdles title, winning his second career conference championship with a stadium record time of 51.54.

A day after taking bronze in the long jump, sophomore Ed Turner snatched his third career conference title winning gold in 100m with a time of 10.40. Turner would pocket his third medal of the meet with a silver in the 4X100-meter relay.

Freshman Grecia Bolton brought home the Cougars' final gold medal of the meet, taking All-C-USA First Team honors in the 200m with a time of 23.48. Bolton added a silver in the 4x100 where she joined Adigun, sophomore Christie Jones and junior Quin'shundolyn McPherson.

Sophomore Tyron Carrier took bronze in the men's 200m, posting an NCAA regional qualifying time of 21.12. Carrier joined Turner, sophomore Lazarus Crumedy and freshman Isaiah Sweeney in the 4X100 as the foursome posted a silver-medal and season-best finish of 40.47.

Junior Brittani Williams pocketed her first career conference medal, earning All-C-USA Third Team honors in the javelin. Williams recorded a personal-best NCAA regional mark of 44.43m (145-09) on her final attempt to jump up to third place.

Men's Standings

1) Houston 198

2) UTEP 149

3) Rice 112

4) East Carolina 98

5) Tulsa 97

6) Southern Miss 73

7) Memphis 69

8) Tulane 4

Women's Standings

1) Rice 131

2) UCF 111

3) SMU 96

4) Houston 86.50

5) UTEP 79

6) Memphis 68.50

7) Tulsa 62

8) UAB 49

9) Southern Miss 44.50

10) East Carolina 42.50

11) Tulane 40

12) Marshall 7

Women's Individual Awards

Performance of the Meet

Blessing Okagbare, UTEP

High Point Scorer

Blessing Okagbare, UTEP

Freshman of the Year

Simone du Toit, SMU

Coach of the Year

JimBevens, Rice

Men's Individual Awards

Performance of the Meet

Chris Carter, Houston

High Point Scorer

Nicodemos Ng'etich, UTEP

Freshman of the Year

D'Korian Ford, Houston

Coach of the Year

Leroy Burrell, Houston

-- UHCougars.com --

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