Track and Field Set to Compete at Conference USA Indoor Championships
Feb. 21, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Houston track and field team is set to compete in its final Conference USA Indoor Championships before heading to the BIG EAST next season. The Championships will take place at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Saturday and Sunday.
The Cougar men have achieved much success in the indoor championships, winning the overall team title 12 times, with a streak of five wins in a row from 2007 to 2011, while the women have won five. Overall at the C-USA meet, the Houston track and field program has claimed 143 event titles.
At last years meet, the men finished second overall, falling to Tulsa by one point. The women finished third behind East Carolina and UCF. The Cougars return two C-USA Indoor Champions - Errol Nolan (200m; 400m) and John Horton (Triple Jump).
The championship will commence at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the women's pentathlon 60m hurdles. Sunday's competition begins at 10 a.m. with the men's heptathlon 60m hurdles. The awards ceremony will end the festivities at 5:45 p.m., Sunday.
FOX Sports Network will televise the Championship on a tape delay with the first airing set for Friday, March 1 at 11 a.m. However, fans are encouraged to follow the live results provided by Flash Results Texas.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Emily Nnokwam threw a personal best of 18.55m (60-10.5) in the women's weight throw to place second overall. With her throw, Nnokwam holds the second farthest in program history. Senior Rick Fenton added another notable finish to his senior campaign as he placed second overall in the men's weight throw with a mark of 18.05m (59-2.75). Fenton now holds the top-five spots on the Cougars all-time list.
In the mile, five student-athletes recorded personal bests. On the women's side, sophomore Taylor Beer erased 26 seconds off her previous record with a time of 5:09.17. For the Cougar men, sophomore Yonas Tesfai ran a 4:07.04 to place second overall. Tesfai's time puts him as the fourth fastest time in school history. The last time a student-athlete cracked into the top-five of the all-time list was in 2005.