Track & Field to Host Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational

Reshirt Senior Thrower Rick Fenton

Jan. 17, 2013

Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational
 Time  11 a.m - 7:35 p.m.
 Location  Yeoman Field House
 Athletics/Alumni Center
 Houston, Texas
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HOUSTON- The University of Houston track and field team will host the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational on Friday inside Yeoman Field House at the Athletics/Alumni Center. The meet marks the first home event of the season for the Cougars.

The one-day meet will be held between student-athletes from Houston, Rice, Texas Southern, Houston Baptist, Texas (women), Sam Houston State, Prairie View A&M, and UTSA. Competition begins at 11 a.m. with the men's and women's weight throw. The first running event, the women's 60-meter hurdles, will start at 1 p.m. The Invitational will conclude with the men's 4x400m relay at 7:35 p.m.

Live results can be followed here.

The Cougars resumed their 2012-13 indoor slate at the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational at the Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium on Saturday with the women finishing third with 57 points and the men taking fifth place with 56.50 points. The Cougars posted 24 top-10 finishes, including 13 in the top five.

Senior sprinter Brittany Wallace highlighted the afternoon topping the 400m with a personal best of 54.33. Wallace's performance is the second fastest time in program history and currently ranks third in the nation.

On the men's side, Rick Fenton's third-place throw of 18.37m (60' 3.25") in the weight throw was the second best in school history, just behind his school record of 18.68m (61' 3.5").

Fans wishing to purchase admission to the event must enter through the front doors of the Athletics/Alumni Center. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for youth between 3-18. 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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