Monday, February 1, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 83

Turnovers contribute to another loss for Cougars

UH shoots poorly, loses to UNC-Charlotte

About the Cougar

Womenās track finishes 1st, menās 2nd in UH competition

By Erik Williams
Daily Cougar Staff

The UH track and field teams made some very impressive showings at their own UH Indoor Classic Saturday afternoon at the Yeoman Fieldhouse at the Athletics/Alumni Center.

While the men's team came in second place, losing to LSU, the women's team scored a victory over nationally ranked LSU, 107-102. This is the second meet victory for the women's team this year, and the first major victory for first year coach Leroy Burrell. 

The UH men's and women's track teams competed for the third consecutive weekend this past Saturday.  The women vaulted to first place while the men finished second.

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Among the individual winners for the women's team, Houston senior Katie Herndon won the weight throw with a toss of 16.13m. Herndon was followed by UH junior Vanessa Zavaletta, with a throw of 14.81m. 

UH junior distance runner Jacklyn Rzepecki won the 5,000 meter run (18:08.44), and the women's distance team was also victorious (11:43.92). Among the second place finishers for the ladies team was senior Cilla Peterson in the 800 meters, junior Emma Lindblom in the mile run, sophomore Judy Chuku in the shot put and senior Denise Darre in the pole vault. 

The women's team was able to win the meet without the services of All-American long jumper Jenny Adams, who was injured in the Cougars' meet last weekend.

In the men's competition, the LSU team dominated the seven-team field, outscoring second place UH by fifteen points. Southwestern Louisiana finished in third place (61 points), while UT-San Antonio came in fourth (51). Rice, SW Texas State and Texas Southern rounded out the field. LSU claimed victory in all five of the field events: high jump, long jump, pole vault, shot put and weight throw. 

Among the winners for the UH men's squad was senior runner Dennis Darling in the 400 meters (48.24), senior Vance Reyes in the 5,000 meter run (14:49.49) and the 4x400-meter relay team (3:16.52).

Other significant performances included junior Xavier Alston (second in the 60 meter dash), junior Michael Brookins (second in pole vault), sophomore Kevin Ward (second in the 1-mile run), senior Omar Leon (third in the 3,000 meter run) and sophomore Ryan Alvey (third in shot put). 

Both UH track and field teams will next be in action at the Cougars' own Indoor Invitational Feb. 6. The meet will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Yeoman Fieldhouse in the Athletics/Alumni Center.

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