Track and Field Set To Host 2012 Leonard Hilton Invite

Karley King

Jan. 12, 2012

Leonard Hilton Invitational
 Time  Field events 11 a.m, Running events 1 p.m.
 Location  Yeoman Fieldhouse
 University of Houston Athletics/Alumni Center
 Houston, Texas
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HOUSTON - The 2012 University of Houston track and field indoor season resumes Friday as the Cougars host the Leonard Hilton Invitational inside Yeoman Fieldhouse at the Athletics/Alumni Center. The field events begin at 11 a.m., and the running events start at 1 p.m.

The Cougars will host Houston UTSA, Texas (women only), Lamar, Prarie View A&M, Texas Southern, Rice, Stephen F. Austin, and HBU at Friday's meet.

The meet will not be scored.

After capturing the men's 2011 Conference USA Indoor Championship for the fifth consecutive year and their 12th title in 15 years, the Cougars are anxious to return to action and start another championship run. The women's team has won five conference titles and look to improve on last year's seventh-place finish.

Houston began its indoor season at the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational on Dec. 10. The meet was not scored, but six Cougars set personal records and senior Richard Fenton's 17.23m toss in the weight throw suprpassed Brandon Hubbard's 16.82m mark, setting a new University of Houston indoor track and field record.

Fans wishing to purchase admission to the event must enter through the front door of the Athletics/Alumni Center. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for youths between 3 years of age and high school. Spectator seating is limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Leonard Hilton came to the University of Houston from Houston's Austin High School. An outstanding distance runner for the Cougars from 1967-71, Hilton was an All-American and school record-setting runner. Hilton earned All-America honors in the 3-mile run in 1971 with a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

His performance at the NCAA meet came after he set school records in five different events. He holds school records in the mile (3:59.64), two-mile run (8:42.3), three-mile run (13:04.3) and the six-mile run (28:30). In addition to those records, Hilton ran the anchor leg on Houston's 1970 distance medley relay team that set the current school record of 9:34.0.

He is the only UH runner and first Texan to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile and attained the feat 32 times. After completing his running career at Houston, Hilton ran for the 1972 United States Olympic Team at Munich, Germany. He qualified for the team with a third-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Hilton qualified for the 1972 USA Olympic team and he finished third in the 5,000 meter run at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

During his running career, Hilton was a two-time American champion in the mile in 1973 and 1975. In 1970, as part of his training, Hilton entered and won the American National Marathon.

After winning the mile for the second time at the USA Championships in 1975, Hilton helped form the Houston Harriers as a national and international championship caliber running club.

Hilton earned his degree in engineering from UH and later served as vice president of operations with Kinder Morgan Energy and Enron Corp.



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