Farewell to Conference USA: Track & Field

    
    

    June 27, 2013

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    Track and Field

    33 C-USA Team Titles
    • 13 - Men's Indoor (1997-2000, 2003-05, 2007-11, 2013)
    • 9 - Men's Outdoor (1997-2000, 2005, 2009-2012)
    • 6 - Women's Outdoor (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004-2006)
    • 5 - Women's Indoor (1998, 2002-2003, 2005-2006)
    • 266 C-USA individual titles
    • 30 C-USA relay titles

    30 - C-USA Coach of the Year Awards
      Leroy Burrell (24)
    • Men's Indoor (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
    • Men's Outdoor (1999, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2012)
    • Women's Indoor (2002, 2003, 2006)
    • Women's Outdoor (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006)
      Tom Tellez (6)
    • Men's Indoor (1997, 1998)
    • Men's Outdoor (1997, 1998)
    • Women's Indoor (1998)
    • Women's Outdoor (1998)

    2 NCAA Champions
      Jenny Adams
    • 2000 Outdoor Long Jump (25-5.5)
    • 2001 Indoor Long Jump (21-11)
    • 98 NCAA All-Americans

    C-USA Academic Honors
    • 34 C-USA Academic Medals
    • 197 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selections
    • 4 C-USA Spirit of Service Awards

    1 - C-USA Field Athlete of the Year 1 - USTFCCCA South Central Female Track Athlete of the Year
    13 C-USA Freshman of the Year 11 - C-USA Athlete of the Year
    4 - C-USA High Point Scorer of the Meet 3 - C-USA Track Athlete of the Year

    1997 Season - Inaugural Season
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): Second (Indoor & Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Tom Tellez

    In Houston's first season in Conference USA, the Cougar men took gold at both C-USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, while the women's team finished second at the meets. In combination, the two teams claimed 34 conference titles. Darius Pemberton, who walked away with six individual titles in the 1996-97 season, led the Cougars. Pemberton became the first jumper in conference history to take all four horizontal jumping titles in a single year.

    1998 Season - The End of the>Tom Tellez Era
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Tom Tellez

    The 1997-98 season marked an ending of an era for Houston Track & Field.>Tom Tellez retired after 23 years as the head coach of the Cougars. In his final season, Coach Tellez led the men's and women's teams to first-place finishes in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Jenny Adams led the way for the Cougars with four individual Conference USA titles. Adams would go on to place fourth in the long jump at Nationals with a leap of 20-10.

    1999 Season - The Beginning of the>Leroy Burrell Era
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): Third (Indoor & Outdoor)

    The 1998-99 season marked a new chapter in Houston Track and Field - one that is still be written till this day. Former Cougar great>Leroy Burrell was named head coach of the program after enjoying an outstanding career as a world record setting sprinter. In his first season, Coach Burrell led the men's team to their third consecutive conference indoor and outdoor titles, had a combination of 27 C-USA event titles, and had three All-Americans.

    2000 Season - Jenny Adams Claims Long Jump National Title
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): Second (Indoor) | First (Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    The Houston men's team picked up its fourth consecutive indoor and outdoor titles in 1999-00, while the women won their third conference outdoor championship in program history. Senior Jenny Adams won her first long jump national title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a leap of 25-5.5. Adams' win marked the first since Head Coach>Leroy Burrell's 100-meter dash in the 1990 outdoor season.

    2002 Season
    C-USA Finish (Men): Third (Indoor & Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    The Houston women's track and field team looked to repeat its C-USA Outdoor title in the 2001-02 season and the Cougars did just that. The women were led by All-Americans Rhian Clarke and Krystal Ward. Clarke, the three-time All-American, claimed the C-USA Pole Vault title, while placing fifth (13-1.5) at Nationals. Ward topped her competition in the heptathlon (5,193 pts.) at the conference meet. She went on to finish sixth in the event (5, 337 pts.) at the National Championships.

    2003 Season
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor) | Second (Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): First (Indoor) | Second (Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    For the first time since 1998, the men's and women's teams both claimed Conference USA Indoor Championships in the same year. The Houston women repeated as champions, squeaking by USF, 135.5 points to 131, while the men beat-out second-place TCU by 15 points. Head Coach>Leroy Burrell was named C-USA Coach of the Year for both men's and women's, while freshman>Clayton Cretors and>Ebonie Floyd were named C-USA Male and Female Freshman of the Year, respectively. The Cougars claimed 10 C-USA titles, including.>Robert Foster, who won his third 200m gold medal in four years. Foster went on to place fifth in the event at Nationals with a school-record breaking time of 20.82.

    2004 Season
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor) | Second (Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): Third (Indoor) | First (Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    For the second consecutive year and sixth time since joining Conference USA, the Houston men's team topped its competition during the Indoor season, while the women's team edged TCU by one point to win the C-USA Outdoor Championship. Following the conference indoor meet, Head Coach>Leroy Burrell was awarded the C-USA Men's Coach of the Year, his second straight and fourth overall, while junior>Stanford Routt took home the C-USA Male Athlete of the Year honor, after winning gold in the men's 60- and 200-meter dash. Routt would go on to place second in the 200m with a time of 20.20w at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

    Despite having a young team, the Houston women topped their conference foes by accumulating 121 points. Burrell was once again named C-USA Coach of the Year for the women's team, while LeDedra Guy was named the conference's Female Freshman of the Year. Guy claimed the top spot after winning the women's 100-meter dash by .01 and coming in second in the 200-meter.

    2005 Season
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    The 2004-05 season marked a rare Triple Crown as the University of Houston won the men's indoor and outdoor track and field championships, along with the men's cross country title. The Cougars became the first C-USA men's team to win all three team titles. In addition to these three championships, Houston won the women's indoor and outdoor trophies. Head Coach>Leroy Burrell picked up his seventh Conference USA Indoor Coach of the Year and third Outdoor Coach of the Year awards. The men's and women's teams racked up 22 conference titles between both indoor and outdoor season, including Andrew Carruthers, who lead the way with three gold medals. Carruthers topped his competition during the Indoor Championships with a school-record breaking time of 7.81 in the men's 60-meter hurdles, while claiming gold in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles at the C-USA Outdoor Championships.

    2006 Season
    C-USA Finish (Men): Second (Indoor & Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    For the fourth time in the five years, the women's track and field team captured its second straight C-USA Indoor title and third straight Outdoor championship. Junior sprinter>Ebonie Floyd led the way for the Cougars with combined five titles. The daughter of Cougar great, Stanley Floyd, went on to represent Houston, along with the rest of the members of the 4x400-meter relay team (Keisha Howard, Cheryl Garner, and>LaDedra Guy), at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships, where the team received First-Team All-America honors for its eighth-place finish (3:32.28).

    2007 Season
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor) | Third (Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): Third (Indoor & Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    The first-place finish at the Conference USA Indoor Championships marked the eighth title in 11 years for the Cougar men. The men topped their competition by 56 points. The Houston track and field team as a whole claimed eighth titles during the indoor meet. Junior>Ivan Diggs cleared the bar in the men's high jump at the 2.16m (7-1) mark to claim silver. He would go on to earn First-Team All-America honors after his eighth-place performance at Nationals (7-0.25). The Cougars swept the Freshman of the Year awards. On the men's side>LaMarcus Hunter claimed the awards, while>Quin'shundolyn McPherson earned the honor for the women. Head Coach>Leroy Burrell was also rewarded his fifth Coach of the Year title.

    2008 Season
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor) | Second (Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): Fifth (Indoor) | Seventh (Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    The University of Houston men's track and field team won its second straight team title and their ninth overall at the 2008 Conference USA Indoor Championships. Under the direction of Head Coach>Leroy Burrell, the Cougars walked away with 152 points, followed by Rice (116.5) and UTEP (104). Burrell went on to be named Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year, while>Ed Turner was named C-USA Male Freshman of the Year. Turner earned wins in the long jump and high jump at the conference meet.

    2009 Season
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): Second (Indoor) | Fourth (Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    The 2008-09 season marked the third consecutive season the men's track and field team claimed the Conference USA Indoor Championship. That same season the men's team also notched its first C-USA Outdoor Championship title since the 2005 season. Overall, the Cougars pocketed seven individual titles during the indoor meet. D'Korian Ford swept both indoor and outdoor C-USA Male Freshman of the Year honors. On the women's side, senior hurdler>Seun Adigun claimed her third consecutive conference title in the women's 60-meter hurdles. With this title, Adigun became the first three-time champion in the event in the 13-year history of Conference USA. The school-record holder went on to claim her second career conference title in the 100-meter hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.11. After guiding Houston to two team championships, Head Coach>Leroy Burrell was named the Men's Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year.

    2010 Season - The Debut of Sprinter>Errol Nolan
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): Third (Indoor) | Sixth (Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    The men's team continued its dominance in Conference USA by taking the 2010 C-USA Indoor Championship for the fourth consecutive season and its second-straight Outdoor Championship. Freshman sprinter>Errol Nolan impressed the fans by taking gold in the 200- and 400-meter dash during his debut. The Rosenberg, Texas, native went on to be named C-USA Men's Freshman of the Year and Co-High Point Scorer of the Meet. The Cougar men also claimed the Conference USA Outdoor title. Nolan was awarded Co-Freshman of the Year, while>Isaiah Sweeney was awarded the title of High Point Scorer of the Meet. Sweeney earned four medals during the two-day meet, including two gold. Head Coach>Leroy Burrell was named Coach of the Year for the 16th times in his tenure at Houston.

    2011 Season
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): Seventh (Indoor) | Third (Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    Winning the Men's Conference USA Indoor title marked the fifth-straight season the men's team claimed the top prize. The Cougars claimed five individual gold medals, while multi-event athlete Wesley Bray was awarded the C-USA Indoor Performance of the Meet honor after repeating in the heptathlon. Also defending his title, jumped>Chris Carter earned gold in the triple jump with a leap of 15.99m (52-2.5). Carter would go on to place fourth in the event at Nationals. Sprinter Kelvin Furlough lead the way in the medal count for the Cougars with his first-place finishes in the 200- and 400-meter dash.

    Along with the indoor title, the men's team won its third consecutive C-USA Outdoor Championship. Sprinter>Errol Nolan led the Cougars in points as the sophomore claimed the Performance of the Meet award. Nolan took first in the 200-meter dash, while defending his 400-meter dash title. Adding to his indoor gold, Carter won his third consecutive outdoor triple jump. With this medal, he became the third jumper in the history of the conference to take all four horizontal jumping titles in a single year. Despite the women's team finishing third, the 4x100m relay team (Tai'shea Reese, Whitney Harris, Kalyn Floyd, and Grecia Bolton) set a school record with a time of 43.54. The relay team would go on to received First-Team All-America honors after running 44.21 to place fourth overall at Nationals.

    2012 Season
    C-USA Finish (Men): Second (Indoor) | First (Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): Third (Indoor) | Fourth (Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    The Houston men's track and field team cruised to its fourth-straight Conference USA Outdoor Championship. This win was highlighted by>Errol Nolan's third consecutive 400-meter win. He also claimed his second-straight 200-meter dash title. Nolan would go on to represent the Cougars in the 400m at his second Outdoor NCAA Championships. At Nationals, the sprinter claimed eighth (45.28) for First-Team All-America honors. The women's squad finished fourth overall despite great performances from its relay teams and a gold medal from pole vaulter Karley King. The 4x100m relay finished second, while the 4x400m placed fourth. The women's 4x100m relay team went on to make its third consecutive appearance at Nationals. There, the team placed sixth with a time of 44.11.

    2013 Season - Final Season in Conference USA
    C-USA Finish (Men): First (Indoor & Outdoor)
    C-USA Finish (Women): Seventh (Indoor) | Third (Outdoor)
    Head Coach:>Leroy Burrell

    The men's track and field team reclaimed the top spot at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Cougar men scored 143 points to top the competition by 18, while the women placed seventh with 44 points. This win for the men was the 13th team title since joining the conference in 1997. Head Coach>Leroy Burrell was named Men's Indoor Coach of the Year for the 11th time. Senior>Errol Nolan notched wins in the 200- and 400-meter dash. These gold medals marked the third time the sprinter has won those event titles in four years. The Rosenberg, Texas native, ended his collegiate indoor career with a national title in the men's 400-meter dash at the NCAA Championships with a time of 45.75. In the preliminary round, he topped his competition after running a school-record breaking time of 45.72. Along with these accolades, the three-time All-American was a member of the Jamaican 4x400 relay team at the 2012 London Olympics.


     

     

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