Track & Field Trek to NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 4, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - Six student-athletes and two relay teams will represent the University of Houston as they trek to the 2013 NCAA Division I Track & Field Outdoor Championships, starting Wednesday at the historic Hayward Field. These Cougars advanced after qualifying at the West Preliminary Round in Austin on May 23-25. The top 12 finishers in the West's preliminary events punched their tickets to the Championships.
Houston will begin day one's action with the women's 4x100-meter relay at 6 p.m. (CST), followed by the men at 6:15 p.m. (CST). In Austin, the women's team, comprised of Sade-Mariah Greenidge, Kiersten Brewer, Alicia Perkins, and Ngozi Onwumere, finished third in heat one with a season best time of 44.40. With the team's placement in their heat, they received an automatic qualification to the semifinals. On the men's side, Leshon Collins, Issac Williams, James Arnett, and Isaiah Sweeney ran the second-fastest time of the season (39.98) to advance. The finals for these two events will take place on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. (CST) and 4:12 p.m. (CST), respectively.
Also seeing action on Wednesday is freshman Eric Futch, who will take on a premier field of student-athletes as the No. 11 seed in the men's 400-meter hurdles. In the prelims, Futch ran a season best of 50.66 to automatically advance. The finals for this event are slated for 6:40 p.m., Friday.
Thursday's events will kick off with the men's hammer throw at 3:30 p.m. (CST), when senior Rick Fenton looks to continue his record-breaking season. The San Clemente, Calif., native fouled his first throw in Austin but unleashed a school-record breaking toss of 65.69 (215-6) on his second attempt to punch his ticket to Nationals. This was the fourth time this season Fenton has broken the school hammer throw record.
The Cougars will continue day two on the track with the women's 200-meter dash (6 p.m.) and the men's and women's short-distance hurdles at 7:05 p.m. (CST) and 7:20 p.m. (CST).
At the West Regional, Onwumere ran a time of 23.53 in the women's 200-meter dash to advance to the semis. In the 100-meter hurdles, Greenidge ran a time of 13.34, while in the men's 110-meter hurdles, Williams placed second in his heat with a time of 13.87. The championship rounds of these events are scheduled for the final day of competition at 4:43 p.m. (CST), 5:09 p.m. (CST), and 5:16 p.m. (CST).
Sophomore John Horton advanced to his first NCAA Championships after tying his personal best of 15.66m (51-4.5) in Austin. The Copperas Cove, Texas, native will take to the runway at 2:30 p.m. (CST), Saturday.
Live coverage of the meet will be available on ESPN3 (Thursday) and ESPNU (Friday & Saturday).
HOUSTON'S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, June 6
Friday, June 7
Saturday, June 8
**contingent on advancing from semifinals