Jan. 18, 2012
HOUSTON - After an impressive outing at the Leonard Hilton Invitational, the University of Houston track and field teams are set to travel to Lincoln, Neb., for Saturday's Adidas Classic meet at the Devaney Center Indoor Track.
"Our objective this weekend is to look at this competition as a conference preparation," head coach Leroy Burrel said. "We haven't traveled to the conference meet in over 10 years so I feel that it's important to prepare the team for that situation, especially since this meet is scored."
This will be the first scored meet of the season for the Cougars. Nebraska, Witchita State, Air Force and Iowa will join Houston in the field of five competing at the event.
Default NCAA scoring with six scoring positions will be used. There will be no limitation on the number of individual scorers per team. Only one relay team per institution will be allowed to score. Individual events will be scored 10-8-6-4-2-1; relay events, 10-8-6-4-2.
Houston recently hosted the Leonard Hilton Invitational on Friday Jan. 13. The meet was not scored but four Cougars took first place in their respective events. Michael Mahnke and Karley King won the men's and women's pole vault, John Fortune took first in the men's shot put, and Tai'shea Reese won the women's long jump.
Junior sprinter Errol Nolan, who was named Conference USA Athlete of the Week following his performance at the Leonard Hilton Invite, took fourth in the men's 60m dash behind three unattached athletes. With his time of 6.70, Nolan had the fastest time among collegiate runners and is currently tied for the nation's ninth fastest time in the in the men's 60m dash this year.
COUGARS ON NCAA DIV. I TOP-25 NCAA INDOOR QUALIFIER LIST
22 - Ciera Johnson (2:12.99)
9 - Errol Nolan (6.70)
5 - Houston (A) Furlough, Nolan, Hughey, Kelley (3:09.51)
22 - John Horton (49'8.5")
22 - John Fortune (57'10.5")
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