|Friday, March 24, 2000||
Volume 65, Issue 118
|TSU to hold weekend
meet at Track Complex
By Tom Carpenter
The Texas Southern Relays, to be held at the UH Track Complex this weekend, is not your typical college track meet.
It's mostly a gathering of individuals from near and far, high school, college and independent athletes intent on getting in a little competitive practice.
UH head coach Leroy Burrell makes no bones about sending a skeleton crew to this meet.
The Cougar athletes that participated in the NCAA meet earlier this month won't be dressing for the TSU Relays.
Burrell has a game plan and he's following it. It's a weekend of rest and recuperation for the most productive members of his team.
It's early in the outdoor track and field season and the Cougar coach is trying to save his team from the two factors that could cripple it: injuries and burnout.
The Cougar men compose a veteran squad; cool, calm and confident. The team has every reason to expect to win the outdoor track and field championship after running away with the indoor title.
The outdoor season is a great opportunity for the Cougar women to earn redemption.
The women's team is ranked sixth in the nation as the outdoor season begins.
"They were ranked when the indoor season began, but they stumbled coming out of the starting blocks and dropped in the standings," Burrell said.
Burrell doesn't make any excuses, but it's a fact injuries hampered the Lady Cougars during the indoor season.
Any team with two-time All-American hurdler and broad jumper Jenny Adams and Olympic heptathlon candidate Ifoma Jones will, pardon the pun, can give its opponent a run for the roses.
Throw in a healthy contingent of distance runners like Stacy Poole, Emma Lindblom, Jackie Rzepecki and Dawn Charlier, and the Lady Cougars become a force to be reckoned with in every meet.
Chigozie Chuku continues to rule the shot put arena. The sophomore from Houston puts forth her best effort every time she steps into the circle, winning C-USA titles along the way.
Junior Rhian Clarke is the reigning C-USA indoor pole vault champion and, barring injury, should repeat her feat in the outdoor championships.
Blue skies, golden sunshine and C-USA championships. That's the forecast
for the Cougar outdoor track and field season.
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