June 5, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston track and field team has wrapped up two days of practice at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, as they prep for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Cougars will send a relay team from both the women's (4x100m) and men's (4x400m) side along with five individual qualifiers.
The NCAA Championships begin Wednesday, June 6 and last until Saturday, June 9.
Drake Stadium is a familiar site to half of the women's 4x100m relay team as Grecia Bolton and Tai'shea Reese earned All-American honors last year in the event. The women's relay starts things off for Houston as semifinals start at 5:45 p.m. The top-two times in each heat plus the next best two qualify for the finals on Sunday.
Junior Errol Nolan narrowly missed on being named to All-American status as he placed ninth (45.30) last year at the Championships. Nolan is Houston's first individual entry as the Rosenberg, Texas, native competes at 6:30 p.m. in the 400m.
Bolton will also compete in the 100m on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.
The entire event will be streamed live and is available, for free, on NCAA.com (Wednesday) and ESPN3.com (Thursday-Saturday). Click the link above for quick access to the NCAA's streaming site. ESPNU will televise Saturday's action from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CT).
Houston 6 (43.91) - Qualified for Saturday Finals at 11:10 a.m.
Tai'shea Reese, Kiersten Brewer, Alicia Perkins, Grecia Bolton
Errol Nolan 9 (45.28)
Grecia Bolton 11 (11.36)
|HOUSTON'S NCAA QUALIFIERS|
Errol Nolan, 400m (45.92)
Thomas Lang, Triple Jump (15.75m/51-8.25)
Xavier Boyd, Doug Kelley, Dominique Charles, Errol Nolan, 4x400m (3:07.88)
Grecia Bolton, 100m (11.22)
DeMeeka Jones, 100m Hurdles (13.09)
Tai'shea Reese, 200m (23.48)
Tai'shea Reese, Kiersten Brewer, Alicia Perkins, Grecia Bolton, 4x100m (43.97)
5:45 p.m. - 4x100m Semifinal (Tai'shea Reese, Kiersten Brewer, Alicia Perkins, Grecia Bolton)
6:30 p.m. - 400m Semifinal (Errol Nolan)
7:30 p.m. - 100m Semifinal (Grecia Bolton)
Day 2 - Thursday, June 7
5:45 p.m. - 200m Semifinals (Tai'shea Reese)
7:10 p.m. - 100 Hurdles Semifinals (DeMeeka Jones)
8:05 p.m. - 4x400m Semifinal (Xavier Boyd, Doug Kelley, Dominique Charles, Errol Nolan)
Day 4 - Saturday, June 9
11:45 a.m. - Triple Jump Trials/Finals (Thomas Lang)
11:10 p.m. - Women 4x100m Finals - Houston (Tai'shea Reese, Kiersten Brewer, Alicia Perkins, Grecia Bolton)
1:47 p.m. - Women 200m Finals
2:40 p.m. - Men 4x400m Finals