Track & Field to Host Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational Friday
Jan. 16, 2014
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Track and Field program returns to the Yeoman Fieldhouse for the second indoor home meet of the season as they host the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational Friday afternoon.
Student-Athletes from Houston and Southern University will face off in the collegiate meet action. Competitors from various club teams will also be in attendance.
The one-day meet will begin at noon with the men and women's weight throw followed by the pole vault at 1 p.m. The long jump will start at 1:30 p.m. immediately followed by the triple jump. The running events begin at 3 p.m. and continue throughout the day on a rolling schedule.
Team buses will be able to drop off participants in front of the Athletic/Alumni Center and park at the UH Energy Research Park. Teams traveling in vans will be able to park in the 15H lot located on Elgin St. next to the Carl Lewis/Tom Tellez Track Complex and the tennis courts.
ABOUT LEONARD HILTON
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 in 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 5,000m 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 Houston and later served as vice president of operations with Kinder Morgan Energy and Enron Corp.