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