Cougar sports services
Junior Darius Pemberton had first-place finishes in the 110-meter high hurdles and the long jump to pace the Houston men's track team to a second-place finish at the Texas Quadrangular Friday and Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Austin.
Pemberton, with a jump of 25 feet, 10.25 inches, leaped nearly a full foot farther in the long jump than second-place Leonard Cobb of the University of Texas.
Pemberton ran the 110-meter high hurdles in 13.67 seconds for first place.
Cougars senior Manuel Hudson won the 200 meters and provisionally qualified for the NCAA outdoor championships with a time of 20.92 seconds.
Freshman John Davis hurled the shot put 59-4 to earn first place for Houston.
Seniors Jon Vines (high jump) and James Thomas (1,500-meter run) also finished first for Houston.
Houston finished behind Texas A&M and ahead of Texas and Rice overall.
The Cougars women's track team finished last in a field of three, despite some strong individual performances.
Cougars freshman heptathlete Denise Darre finished first in the javelin with a throw of 116-6.
Sophomore Lisa-May Duffus ran the 100-meter hurdles in 13.91 seconds to finish first for Houston.
Duffus also finished second in the 400-meter hurdles in 59.34 seconds and provisionally qualified for the NCAAs.
Other events did not go as well for Houston, however.
A time of 11.51 seconds in the 100 meters earned Cougars senior Janine Courville a provisional spot in the NCAAs, but she tied for sixth behind a strong field of Longhorns.
The Lady Cougars also were disqualified from the 4x100-meter relays.