Friday, February 9, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 93



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 Field House.

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 fans.

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 Saturday.

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.

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