UH's Fields try to stay modest in qualifying for NCAA indoor championships, women take 4th

by Adam Burns

Daily Cougar Staff

Despite setting the facility record in the long jump at the Athletic Alumni Center during Saturday's indoor track and field meet, Cougar Sheddric Fields didn't see what the big deal was.

"This is the first meet in the (facility)," he said. "Anyone who wins here is going to set a record."

With his jump of 25 feet, 11 1/2 inches, Fields received an automatic bid for the NCAA indoor championships March 8-9, and helped lead the UH men's team to a second-place finish behind Texas.

Fields still said he thought he could have done better. "The first two (jumps) were my best, but they were fouls," he said. "I want to be over 26 (feet), but (25-11 1/4) is really good."

Houston also finished first in the men's pole vault, with Nathan Labus vaulting for 17-1 1/2, and the men's shot put, with John Davis hurling the 16-pound shot 58-4 3/4. Both earned a provisional bid for the NCAAs.

Labus broke his previous indoor record of 16-6.

Davis, a freshman appearing in his first collegiate event, said his throw could have been better.

"The distance was good, but the throw wasn't real good," he said.

During the Cougars women's team's fourth-place finish, behind Rice's first-place finish, none of the women finished higher than second in any individual event.

Houston head coach Tom Tellez said several factors hurt the women's standings.

"We had some kids we held out because of injuries," he said. "(And) we had some people running not in their specialties."

Janinne Courville said she was disappointed with her fifth-place finish in the 200-meters with a time of 25.7 seconds.

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