May 12, 2012
Houston, Texas -
Houston Men's Track and Field holds a Day Two lead with 49 points heading into Sunday's finale at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in New Orleans.
The Houston men, looking for their fourth consecutive outdoor title, got impressive efforts across the board and racked up huge points in the long jump where Isaiah Sweeney jumped 24-10.00 to win the title. It was Sweeney's second-best jump of the year and just enough to best teammate Thomas Lang who jumped 24-05.50 to finish second. Freshman John Horton was fourth with a leap of 23-10.50.
The men also added big points in the steeplechase with Wesley Ruttoh finishing third (8:59.63) and Nate Pineda (9:11.07) finishing fifth. Kennis Byers added five critical points by finishing fourth in the high jump with a height of 6-07.50. The leap was a career best for the senior.
The men also performed well in the preliminaries of the running events and should be in position to claim critical points on Sunday. Sweeney and Lang each advanced to the finals of the 100 meter dash, while Lang and Kevin Johnson advanced in the 110 meter hurdles. Johnson also finished fourth earlier in the afternoon in the Decathlon.
All-American Errol Nolan advanced in the 200 meter dash with the top time of 20.83, as did freshman Xavier Boyd with a time of 21.75. Sophomore Jordan Hofbauer ran 54.98 to advance in the 400 meters, while Drevan Anderson Kaapa (1:51.45), Anthony Coleman (1:52.01) and Doug Kelley (1:52.12) each advanced in the 800 meters.
On the women's side Houston is in seventh place but is also in position to shoot up the standings on Sunday following solid preliminary showings.
Kathryn Ducommun finished third in the steeplechase to win valuable points for UH. She ran a time of 10:51.63, her best time of the year, to win the bronze medal. Keythra Richards also jumped 17-09.50 in the long jump to finish seventh.
Sophomore Megan Frausto owns Houston's top finish of the championships thus far with a second-place showing in the Heptathlon. Frausto finished with 5,241 points overall.
In the sprints Tai'shea Reese advanced to the finals in the 100 meters while DeMeeka Jones, Sade Mariah Greenidge and Alicia Perkins qualified for the finals of the 100 meter hurdles.
Brittany Wallace ran 54.57 to advance in the 400 meters, while Reese ran 24.02 to advance in the 200 meters. Ciera Johnson ran the second-fastest time in the 800 prelims with a time of 2:12.41.
Action at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships concludes Sunday.
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