UH to visit Arkansas on
By Samica Knight
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH men's and women's track teams hope
to take the Randal Tyson Track by storm at this weekend's Tyson Invitational
in Fayetteville, Ark.
Hoang Nguyen/The Daily Cougar
Junior heptathlete Briana
Bassler runs the hurdles at the UH Invitational on Jan. 19.
As the host of the meet, the University
of Arkansas will welcome a number of outstanding teams to its home track.
The Cougars hope to dart past the competition
and conquer teams such as Arizona, Texas and Rice. The Arkansas
Razorbacks are looking forward to putting
on and participating in this weekend's meet.
"We've had some outstanding performances,
especially for this early in the season," Arkansas head coach John McDonnell
said. "I am pleased with what we got out
Last week the UH men's and women's teams
competed with 28 other teams at the Louisiana State Purple Tiger Invitational.
Both the women's and men's Cougar teams
managed to come away from the meet with good individual performances in
The women performed well in each of their
events, including sprints, distance and field events.
Junior Aisha Morgan sprinted into the top
10, finishing the 60-meter in sixth place with a time of 7.60 seconds,
Jackson finished 18th with a time of 7.82.
In the 200-meter, junior Lauren Smith,
also named an All-Conference USA sprinter, darted in with a time of 25.5
to take 11th
place. Courtney Ratliff finished hot on
her trail in 17th place.
The UH distance runners took five places
in the open section and the championship. Junior Vanessa Golston and freshman
Kelly McCarty led Houston in capturing
first and third in the mile run.
Running closely behind them were Allie
Mascorro and Terie Littlepage, grabbing 12th and 21st place, respectively.
In the 1-mile run championship, Cougar
Julie Perez snatched seventh place with a time of 5:10.37.
Cougars Heather Howse, Jessica Oakes and
Crystal Ryan finished up the UH victory in distance events.
Freshmen Crystal Ward and Nichole Brundage
represented UH well in the high jump competition, running away with
second- and sixth-place victories, respectively.
In the men's competition, Andrew Carruthers
finished out the 60-meter hurdles in fifth place with a time of 8.21.
Freshman Casey Goosby ran a time of 50.30
to finish in sixth place in the 400-meter.
In the men's high jump, Adam Callahan leaped
high enough to place first while Andrew Reese tied for seventh and Brooks
Bassler placed 17th.
Daniel Patton dominated the pole vault,
grabbing second place.
The Cougars will play host to the UH/Runsport
All-Comers at Yeoman Field House on Saturday.