Track & Field Set For Inaugural Conference Outdoor Championships
May 1, 2014
TAMPA, Fla.– The University of Houston Track and Field team travels to Tampa, Fla., this weekend for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by University of South Florida.
The three-day meet begins Friday with the men’s and women’s hammer throw at noon followed by the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon events starting at 4 p.m. The long distance crew will run the 3,000m steeplechase that evening as well.
On Saturday, field events begin at 12:30 p.m. with the men’s Javelin Throw. Running events will begin at 4:30 p.m. and wrap up with the men’s 5,000m around 8:30 p.m.
Sunday is finals day. Events begin with the men’s pole vault at 10 a.m. followed by the women’s 4x100m relay at 11 a.m. There will be a 40-minute break between the 200m dash at 1:15 p.m. and the 4x400m relay at 2 p.m. The Awards ceremony will immediately follow the men’s relay at 2:30 p.m. (All times are eastern).
The Cougars will travel 34 men and 34 women to compete for the first outdoor title in the new league.
According to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA), the men’s team jumped to No. 34 in the nation while the women’s team made a giant leap to No. 60 from No. 89.
Sophomore Issac Williams leads the Cougar men’s team capturing a No. 4 ranking in the 110-meter hurdles. Williams ran a 13.44w (+2.9) at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays (April 17) where he finished third against the world’s top athletes. His mark is the fourth best wind-assisted time in the world currently. Williams’ time is also the top time in the South Central region.
Freshman Cameron Burrell enters the weekend with two top 20 rankings earned at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays. He ranks No. 20 in the 100m dash with a second place time of 10.25w. Burrell is also No. 11 in the long jump after he leaped 7.73m (25’-4”) placing fifth against the nations best.
On the women’s side, the 4x100m relay team of Bria Carter, Kiersten Brewer, Alicia Perkins and Ngozi Onwumere received a top 10 national ranking after running a 44.22 at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays where the team finished fourth behind top ranked Florida, Texas, & Kentucky.
THE AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL
LAST TIME OUT
King jumps to the top of the American Athletic Conference performance list by 2.5 feet and is now seventh in the region and 15th in the nation. King's mark is also tied for 37th in the world.
Junior Yonas Tesfai joins King as he broke the 16-year-old 800m school record with a time of 1:48.40. Karim Alston set the previous record of 1:48.81 at the 1998 C-USA Championships in Tampa, Fla.
Tesfai continues to top the conference performance and moves up to fourth in the region and No. 17 in the nation.
King and Tesfai are the first two Cougars to break records this outdoor season and become the fifth and sixth Cougars to break records this year.
The women’s 4x400-meter relay team led Houston’s final day of the 120th Penn Relays as they took first in the collegiate final Saturday evening.
Brittany Wallace, Ngozi Onwumere, Mayorca Young and Terracia Moody ran their fastest time of the season to take the collegiate title with a time of 3:34.95. The foursome moves up to 17th in the nation, 13th in the region and recaptures the top time in conference standings.
The last time the Cougar Women won the collegiate final was in 2012 (3:38.86). Seniors Wallace and Onwumere were apart of that team. Last season, the team missed making the finals.