|Wednesday, June 7, 2000||
Volume 65, Issue 149
Ten Cougars go in draft
Eighth is Enough
Adams, Jones shine; team ties record
By Keenan Singleton
The UH women's track and field team tied a 17-year-old record held by the 1983 Lady Cougars when it finished eighth in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Durham, N.C. last week.
Led by All-American seniors Jenny Adams and Ifoma Jones, UH earned a top 10 place for only the second time in school history in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The women's team ended the weekend in a three-way tie for eighth with Nebraska and Colorado, all with 26 points.
Louisiana State won the competition with a final point tally of 58, and second place went to Southern California for its score of 54.
Adams became the first Lady Cougar to win an NCAA Championship in more than a decade with her mark of 21 feet, 5.5 inches in the long jump competition.
She edged Seton Hall's Nolle Graham by a quarter of an inch.
Adams became UH's first women's long-jump winner since Carol Lewis in 1985.
"I was trying really hard to get to the 21-10, the Olympic Trials qualifier, but I still have time," Adams said. "I know I've lost on the last jump, but I wasn't even thinking about that. I was just totally focused to do whatever it took."
Adams narrowly missed winning two championships in the NCAA's when she was edged just moments before the long jump.
She finished second behind Joyce Bates with a time of 12.91 in the 100-meter hurdles.
"I was really wanting to win so I could go home with the double," Adams said. "I wasn't able to pull that off, but I am happy that I was able to have a solid meet."
A solid meet indeed, Adams wound up with 18 total points in the meet -- a new UH record. Her point total was the fourth highest at the meet and she also became the first NCAA champion in Conference USA history.
Adams' career point total (36) broke Cougar great Jolanda Jones' previous mark of 30.
Jones' younger sister, Ifoma, turned in an impressive performance as well.
Senior All-American Ifoma Jones and the Lady Cougars earned eighth place in last weekend's NCAA's Outdoor Championships. The team will next travel to Denton, Texas to compete in the US Junior Championships.
She finished fourth in the heptathlon. Her point total of 5,593 points was the third highest of her stellar career. Jones earned five points for the Cougars.
Sophomore Rhian Clarke achieved All-American status with her performance in the pole vault.
Clarke, the C-USA women's pole vault champion, finished seventh at the NCAA's and contributed two points for UH.
The squad will next be in action June 17-18 in the U.S. Junior Championships
in Denton, Texas.
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