Houston Track & Field Travels To Conference USA Championships
Houston Track & Field will travel to this weekend's Conference USA Championships in New Orleans, with the men's squad looking to claim a fourth consecutive outdoor title ... Head Coach Leroy Burrell's club has won each outdoor men's championship since 2009 and should be in great position once again with the return of a healthy stable of performers including returning indoor All-American Errol Nolan ... Nolan joins Thomas Lang as one of the league's top performers this weekend ... Lang has posted Conference USA's top distances in both the long jump (24-11.75) and triple jump (51-06.50) and forms one half of C-USA's top jumping tandems along with Markquis Frazier (long jump) and John Horton (triple jump).
> On the women's side the Cougars have showed steady improvement and finished third indoors earlier this year ... Two returning C-USA Champions pace the club, pole vaulter Karley King and multi-standout Megan Frausto ... The Houston women will be looking for their seventh C-USA title overall and will get a boost from 100m hurdlers DeMeeka Jones (13.20) and Sade Mariah Greenidge (13.48).
Returning Indoor Champions
Houston Track and Field returns a number of athletes looking for a repeat of their indoor success earlier this season ... Below is a list of UH champions from the 2012 C-USA Indoor Championships hosted by UAB.
Nolan finished as the Male Athlete of the Meet, while Sweeney won the High Point Scorer award (23 points) ... Horton claimed Freshman of the Meet recognition.
# - new meet record & - new facility record
Houston Is The Home Of Conference USA Championships
Houston has enjoyed a history of success in the Conference USA Outdoor Championships ... Overall the UH men's and women's programs have combined to win 15 total team crowns since 1997, tops in the league.
The Houston men have claimed nine C-USA outdoor titles since the start of the conference winning in: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... In fact Houston has only finished outside of the top two three times since joining the league.
The UH women boast six championships, winning in: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Sweeney A True Dual Sport Threat
Isaiah Sweeney is one of Conference USA's top athletes and the senior will be vying for crowns in a number of events this weekend ... However did you know that the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder is also a standout on the football field and will be counted on as a wide receiver for new head coach Tony Levine?
Sweeney had two grabs for 28 yards and a TD last season, making a 28-yard TD reception in the win at North Texas on Sept. 10 ... The national leader in wins last season (tied LSU with 13 wins), Houston will replace its entire starting receiving corps in 2012 and a big factor could be the speedster, Sweeney, who made three catches for 32 yards in the Red & White Spring Game on April 13.
UH Aiming for More Outdoor Title Success
Errol Nolan and Isaiah Sweeney have enjoyed great success outdoors at the Conference USA Championships with Nolan claiming three total titles and Sweeney boasting two ... Nolan is looking for his third consecutive 400m crown ... The junior won with a time of 45.54 in 2011 and 46.16 as a freshman in 2010, while also winning the 200m title in 2011 with a tremendous time of 20.86.
Sweeney won the 200m and long jump crowns in 2010 ... Sweeney ran 21.13 in the 200m and jumped 7.56m to win the long jump ... To add to his impressive point total Sweeney also placed second in the 100m with a time of 10.51.
Cougars On The National List
Men's Top 60
12. 400m Errol Nolan 45.86 24. 4x400m Houston 3:07.18 28. LJ Thomas Lang 7.61m 37. 200m Errol Nolan 20.79 38. TJ John Horton 15.53m 40. 100m Isaiah Sweeney 10.35 47. LJ Simon Stewart 7.51m 49. TJ Thomas Lang 15.37m 55. 4x100m Houston 40.16 59. SP Darrell Hill 17.53m
Women's Top 60
18. 4x100m Houston 44.09 29. 100mH DeMeeka Jones 13.38 29. LJ Tai'shea Reese 6.22m 37. 100. Whitney Harris 11.52 39. Multi Megan Frausto 5,161 40. 100mH Sade-M Greenidge 13.48 45. 100mH Alicia Perkins 13.53 59. 100m Tai'shea Reese 11.58 59. 4x400m Houston 3:38.70 60. 200m Grecia Bolton 23.68