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