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Tuesday, February 29, 2000
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Volume 65, Issue 105

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Men's track captures title; Burrell honored

By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff

New millennium, same results.

The UH men's track team captured their fourth Conference USA championship in a row, while the Cougar women were 2nd place again this year at the C-USA Indoor Championships held over the weekend in Illinois.

Head coach Leroy Burrell was also named C-USA Coach of the Year.

The women's team, led by C-USA track and field Athlete of the Year Jenny Adams, came mighty close to winning the women's championship.

A few hundredths of a second here or there and it would have been a sweep for the Cougars.

Robert Foster burst upon the C-USA scene with a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a blazing time of 21.56.

He picked up five points for the Cougar men in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.43 seconds. Foster also ran on the winning 4x1600-meter relay and was named C-USA Freshman of the Year.

Anthony Authorlee defended his title with a winning time of 48.07 in his specialty, the 400 meters. Authorlee was also a member of the Cougars' winning 4x1600 relay team.

The Cougar men scored 17 points in the hotly contested 800-meter run. Senior Karim Alston set the pace with a time of 1:52.36, while his teammates, Ebony Scott and Howard Sterling, finished in the fifth and sixth spot, respectively.

Sophomore Kevin Ward led the Cougar runners with a third-place finish in the mile run with a time of 4:13.18.

Gary Skinner jumped up and put forth a fine effort with his fourth-place finish in the 3000 meters. The sophomore finished the grueling race with a time of 9:11.75.

Senior Omar Leon slipped into the points column with an eighth-place finish, good for one point in the 3000-meter race, then ran a 15:21 in the 5000-meter run and a fourth place finish.

The Cougars scored heavy in the 55-meter high hurdles when junior Adonis Coles swept to victory with a time of 7.49 seconds and junior teammate Greg Christie came in third with a time of 7.52 seconds.

The Cougar 4x400-meter relay team took that race in a time of 3:15.8 minutes.

The Cougars owned the relay races when they outdistanced the field in the Distance Medley relay: four runners covered the 1200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters and 1600 meters.

In high jump, four Cougars scored: junior Jeff Mueller took first place with a leap of 7-1 3/4 inches. Senior Nick Decker placed second by clearing the same height, but Mueller had fewer misses.

Seniors Michael Brookins and Billy Leavings finished 1-2 in the pole vault. Brookins soared 15-9 and Leavings cleared 15-3.

Sophomore Sean Clayton triple-jumped 49-2 1/4 to claim third place in this event.

Sophomore Shane Turpin and junior Ryan Alvey finished the Cougar scoring for the men with a 1-2 finish in the men's shot put.

Turpin hurled the steel ball 55-02 and Alvey tossed the shot 50-00 even.

All-American and C-USA Athlete of the Year Adams finished fifth in the women's 55-meter dash, first in the 55-meter hurdles and first in the women's long jump.

Seniors Michelle Hickman and Akilah Carter came in fifth and sixth in the broad jump with leaps of 19 and 18-11 3/4, respectively.

Pole vaulter Rhian Clarke took first in her event by clearing 12-01 1/2.

Theodosha Rivers sprinted to a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.31 seconds while Olympic heptathlon candidate Ifoma Jones finished sixth in 56.06 seconds.

Senior Dawn Charlier accepted the tough assignment of running in three tough races, and came through in style.

She won the mile in a time of 4:51.12 minutes, and finished third in the 800 meters in 2:13 minutes. 

Chigozie Chuku finished third in the women's shot put with a toss of 45-07.

Michelle Hickman also placed third in the women's triple jump with a combined leap of 41-01 1/2 feet.

The women's 4x400-meter relay finished third in this exciting event and duplicated its third place finish in the Distance Medley Relay.
 

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