May 11, 2012
Houston, Texas -
Houston multi-events standout Megan Frausto sped to a quick start and leads the Heptathlon competition at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship after Day One in New Orleans.
Houston competed in the Heptathlon, Decathlon and women's hammer throw on Friday. Action picks up on Saturday and concludes Sunday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Frausto, one of the country's top Heptathletes, is looking for her first outdoor championship after winning the C-USA Pentathlon crown indoors at UAB earlier this year. A native of Royse City, Texas, Frausto leads the Heptathlon with a combined score of 3,212 points. She currently leads Marshall's Vanessa Jules (3,181 points) by 31 points heading into Saturday's finale.
Frausto was steady throughout her four events, recording performances of 14.76 in the 100m hurdles and 25.72 in the 200 meter dash. She also threw 10.89 meters (35-08.75), her best throw of the year outdoors in the shot put, and jumped 1.76 meters (5-09.25) in the high jump.
The competition concludes tomorrow with the long jump, javelin and 800 meters.
Kevin Johnson joined Frausto in the multi-events title chase competing in the Decathlon. Johnson and the rest of the decathletes competed in the long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m dash Friday, with Johnson accumulating 3,674 points to stand in second place. Johnson trails Rice's Clayton Chaney (3,894 points) by just 220 points.
Johnson was also steady throughout the competition and recorded excellent performances in the 100 meter dash (11.05), long jump (6.99m / 22-11.05) and high jump (1.89m / 6-02.50). He also recorded a distance of 11.52m (37-09.50) in the shot put and 51.85 in the 400 meters.
The event will wrap up Saturday with the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meter run.
Emily Nnokwam was the final Houston competitor in the opening day of action, competing in the hammer throw. Just a freshman, Nnokwam uncorked a throw of 42.55m (139-07) to finish 14th. She will also compete in the discus later this weekend.
Action at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships continues on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the conclusion of the multi-events. Field events get started at 5 p.m. and the preliminary rounds of the running events kickoff at 6 p.m.
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