Track teams cruise to
The UH Cougars returned home to avenge
their name when they bolted like lighting past many of Conference USA's
major contenders at
the Southwest Indoor Classics on Saturday.
Brian Viney/The Daily Cougar
Lauren Smith was a star for
the Cougars this weekend. She won the 200-meter dash and the 60-meter hurdles.
The Lady Cougars showed they weren't just
playing games when they ran, leapt and threw past Texas Christian, Stephen
F. Austin and
Southern Miss to finish in second place.
Junior Lauren Smith dominated the 200-meter
dash, finishing in first place with a time of 24.97 seconds, ahead of TCU's
Tiffany Start, who
finished in 25.01.
But the sensational performance didn't
Smith went on to top all the rest in the
60-meter hurdles, leaping to her victory with a time of 8.54 — just in
time to stretch past North Texas'
In the 400-meter dash, the Cougars came
out on top again.
Freshman Alicia Cave, who has had a great
start to the season, dashed past the rest in 58.40 to capture sixth place.
De La Haya, not far behind, ran in with
a time of 59.79.
Sophomore Crystal Freeman was the first
Lady Cougar to finish in the 800-meter, tearing into eighth with 2:19.95.
In the distance events, junior Julie Perez
took a first-place win on the 3,000-meter run, finishing with a time of
10:08.41. Heather Howse
finished in second with 10:17.57.
The Cougars also had some amazing leaps,
as senior pole-vaulter Rhian Clark soared to first with a vault of 12-07.50
Jessica Edwards finished in fifth place
with a vault of 11-07.75.
In the weight throw, freshmen Allie Booker
and Shayla Bowman rounded out the Cougar scoring with second- and third-place
Booker threw 51-01.00 while Bowman threw
The men seized a fourth-place finish behind
TCU, Abilene Christian and Baylor. The Cougars finished just ahead of USM,
and Texas A&M.
Senior Arman Hoyle set a career best in
the 60 with an astounding 6.86, grabbing fourth place. In fifth place was
champion Robert Foster with a time of
6.88. Teammate Jason Hodge was close behind in 6.95. Foster went go on
to conquer the 200 with
a first-place finish in 21.41, and freshman
Stanford Routt finished fifth in 21.91.
Senior Adam Callahan finished third in
the men's high jump with a leap of 6-07.00.
UH's next meet is the Air Force Indoor
Invitational, Feb. 15 and 16.