Cougar track and field
takes second in TSU Relays
By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH track and field teams exploded off
the blocks this weekend at the Texas Southern Relays to open their outdoor
season with a bang. Both teams finished second at the Tellez-Lewis track
"I'm happy to see we're at full strength,"
UH head coach Leroy Burrell said.
Theodoesha Boxhill, a senior, returned
to run a blistering anchor leg on the Cougar women's 1600-meter relay as
they streaked to victory in 3 minutes, 48.1 seconds.
Sophomore Lauren Smith ran the first 400-meter
leg of the relay in a quick 57 seconds. Senior LaToya Reed grabbed the
baton and ran a 58-flat. She handed off to freshman Crystal Freeman, who
edged closer to the Arkansas-Pinebluff leader with a 57.6 effort on the
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Sophomore Lauren Smith, though
a young competitor, is flying to the top of collegiate competition.
Boxhill took the baton three yards behind
UAP and immediately began to close the gap. She turned on the jets in the
backstretch to wrest the lead in a blazing 55.3 seconds.
Great finishes were routine at the TSU
Cougar junior All-C-USA distance man Mike
Olague took the lead on the second lap of the 1500-meter race with UH sophomore
Toartou Kargou on his heels.
On the fourth and final lap, Kargou made
his move down the backstretch and passed Olague, then fought off a gallant
effort by Olague as they finished 1-2.
Sophomore Robert Foster, former C-USA Freshman
of the Year, captured the men's 100-meter dash in 10.39 and anchored the
men's 400-meter relay. UH crossed the finish line in 40.79 seconds.
Senior Greg Christie returned from an injury
to place second in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles.
The Cougar men captured the Distance Medley
relay. They finished second in the 3200-meter relay and fourth in the 1600-meter
relay and the 800-meter sprint medley.
Senior Billy Leavings, freshman Alex Cantu,
junior Adam Callahan and senior Alex Herman took second through fifth in
the pole vault.
Senior C-USA two-time defending champion
Jeff Mueller captured the high jump from Callahan with fewer misses.
The TSU Relays was the first meet the UH
women competed in without 11-time All-American Jenny Adams and two-time
All-American pole vaulter Rhian Clarke. Adams' eligibility has ended and
Clarke had the flu.
"Lauren Smith is a great athlete. She's
going to be one of the best hurdlers in college this year. Magenta Taylor
is a good young hurdler," Burrell said.
The Lady Cougars' strong cadre of hurdlers
was out in force Saturday. Smith, Taylor and sophomore Shelley Keyes streaked
to first-, second- and fourth-place finishes in the 100-m hurdles.
Freshman Jessica Edwards cleared 11 feet,
7.75 inches -- a personal record -- to win the pole vault. Sophomore Kim
Stallman took third with a vault of 11-1.75.
Senior Jackie Rzepecky took first in the
1500-m as the Lady Cougars won the 400-meter relay, took third in the 800-meter
sprint medley and finished second in the distance medley.
Sophomore Serina McFarland took second
in the discus with a fling of 136-06.