Friday, April 20, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 137



Senior runner injured; UH heads to Waco

By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff

The Cougar track and field teams will be hitting the road for the third weekend in a row when the UH speedsters travel to Waco to compete in the Michael Johnson Invitational on Saturday.

Unfortunately, bad news is the headline banner this week on the Cougar front. Track and field head coach Leroy Burrell has lost one of his fleetest runners to the injury bug. Senior Greg Christie is finished for the season.

The Conference USA Outdoor 400-meter hurdle champion won't be around to defend his title at the C-USA championships May 10-12 in Tampa, Fla.

Freshman Jessica Edwards placed third in the pole vault at the LSU Gold Invitational on Saturday.

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Christie had been plagued by a succession of minor injuries during the Outdoor season, but it wasn't until last week that his loss for the season became official when the Cougar speedster didn't travel with the team to the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational.

Christie's absence will force the remaining members of the UH men's team to pick up the slack if the team wants to wrest back its title from the upstart Charlotte 49ers.

Senior high jumper Jeff Mueller said he's ready to defend his C-USA titles. Mueller won consecutive Indoor and Outdoor C-USA championships the past two years.

The high jump is one of the Cougars' strongest men's events.

The 6-4 Mueller is the reigning King of the Pit after dethroning All-American and C-USA champion Nick Decker in 1999.

Decker, a senior from Mentor, Ohio, competed in the NCAA Indoor championship this year.

Mueller, Decker, junior decathlete Adam Callahan and senior Jorge Rodriguez give the Cougars the most potent high jump squad in the nation, but it's going to take more than a sweep in the high jump for the Cougar men to repeat as C-USA Outdoor champions.

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