Track and field competes
in two meets
By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff
Track and field head coach Leroy Burrell
will split his track squad this weekend.
Some of his runners will travel to Fayetteville,
Ark., to participate in the Tyson Invitational today while the rest of
the team will compete in the UH/Runsport All-Comers meet Saturday in Yeoman
The Conference USA championships begin
in 17 short days. Every Cougar who can run, jump, leap and throw will be
in action this weekend.
The Cougars are picking up the pace as
they head toward the climax of their season. The C-USA championship will
take place at the Yeoman Field House Feb. 26-27.
The Tyson Invitational and the All-comers
meet feature different and unique formats that will delight track and field
Senior track and fielder
Jenny Adams will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for collegiate and pro competition.
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The All-Comers meet is a wide-open event
that is available to any athlete who wants to compete.
The Tyson Invitational in Arkansas will
feature college competition today and professional athlete competition
Houston's NCAA long jump champion Jenny
Adams will compete Saturday against the pros.
Adams will pit her blazing speed against
the afterburners of Olympic bronze medal winner Melissa Morrison and the
cool jet stream of NCAA 60-meter champion Joyce Bates.
Speedy Sharon Jewel completes the elite
field that will streak down the track in a blur.
"I'm excited," Adams said. "It should be
a great race and it's going to be on television."
NBC has been negotiating with the host-team
Arkansas to televise the Tyson Invitational.
Defending NCAA Indoor champion Arkansas
will face a host of formidable challengers in its backyard.
The Razorbacks have won 36 NCAA track and
field and cross country titles, but the defending national champs have
their work cut out to win this meet.
NCAA Outdoor champion Stanford would like
nothing better than to knock off the legendary Razorback track team in
its own house.
Powerhouse teams from the Big Ten, Pacific-10,
Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences will be competing.
Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma State will
represent the Big 12. Wisconsin will compete for the Big Ten while Stanford
and Arizona State carry the Pac-10 banner.
Southeastern Conference rivals Louisiana
State, Florida and Auburn will join Brigham Young and Southern Methodist
to complete a field that is comparable to an NCAA championship meet.
Burrell pits his teams against the best
in the country year after year.
The Lady Cougars are ranked No. 12 in the
country in a three-way tie with Texas-El Paso and Arizona, but they've
had a tough time pulling out victories in a meet this season.
A few outstanding athletes give the Lady
Cougars the points necessary to place in the top 10 in a national championship
meet, but the team doesn't possess the depth to outscore the competition
in a regular season meet.
The team will attempt to take its performance
to the next level this weekend.