Track & Field to Host Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational Friday

Houston Track & Field remembers former Cougar distance runner Leonard Hilton on Friday.

Jan. 16, 2014

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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.

For complete coverage of the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational, visit UHCougars.com.

Fans may through the front doors of the Athletics/Alumni Center to access the meet. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for youth between 3-18. Spectator seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Spectators will be allowed to park in the lots marked 16D, 16E, 16G, 16H, 16I and 16J located at the along Cullen Blvd. and Elgin St.  Additional parking is available in the stadium parking garage.

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.

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 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.

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