Wednesday, January 23, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 77


Cougars take fourth, fifth at track meet

By Stuart H. Clements
Daily Cougar Staff

The Houston track and field teams battled against some old rivals that date back to the now-defunct Southwest Conference.

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Sophomore Jessica Edwards prepares for the pole vault. Edwards finished in third place in the event at the Houston Invitational.

In the Houston Indoor Invitational on Saturday, the UH women's team placed fourth and the men's team placed fifth while going head-to-head
with Texas, Rice, Southern Methodist, Baylor and Texas Christian.

Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern, Texas A&M-Prairie View, Texas-San Antonio, Texas-Pan American, Texas-Arlington, Louisiana Tech and
South Alabama joined the old foes in Saturday's meet.

Texas, Rice, and Baylor took first, second and third respectively in the women's competition.

The women performed well in many events. Junior Lauren Smith, an All-Conference USA sprinter, took second in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing
in 8.53 seconds. She also earned fourth place in the 200-meter with a time of 25.01.

Freshman heptathlete Krystal Ward had an amazing performance for the second week in a row. She placed second in the high jump, clearing
5-05.75, and captured eighth place in the long jump with a leap of 18-4.25.

Juniors Heather Howse and Vanessa Golston represented UH in the distance events. Howse took second place in the endless 5,000-meter,
finishing in 17:56.37, while Golston placed fifth in the 3,000-meter with a time of 10:59.06. Golston also finished ninth in the mile with a time of

The UH women also did well in many field events. Unfortunately, the Cougars' senior All-American pole-vaulter, Rhian Clarke, was ill, but
sophomore Jessica Edwards picked up the slack to take third place after clearing 11-7.75 in the event.

Freshman Shayla Bowman took sixth place in the weight throw with a distance of 43-4.25.

Sophomore Jason Edwards and senior Sean Clayton took first and second place in the name of UH in the triple-jump event. Edwards jumped
49-11.25 for first, and Clayton finished second with a leap of 48-6.75. 

Along with Clayton's award for the triple jump, he took eighth in the long jump, bounding 22-11.00.

Cougar freshmen Daniel Patton, Tom Rusteberg and Jason Myers represented the Cougars in the pole vault. 

Patton cleared 16-00.75 to earn first. Rusteberg took third place after bounding the 15-7.00 mark. Myers made a vault of 15-1.00 to earn fifth.

Junior Robert Foster ran the 60-meter in 6.85 seconds to earn fifth place, while sophomore Tom Harper took fifth in the 800-meter run, finishing
in 1:55.95.

Freshman hurdler Milton Manson took sixth in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 8.26 seconds. Senior Kevin Ward ran the mile in 4:27.05 to earn
sixth place.

The Cougar track teams will travel to Baton Rouge, La., next week to participate in the Louisiana State Indoor Invitational on Saturday.

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