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Volume 68, Issue 112, Monday, March 17, 2003


Foster beats all Texas sprinters at nationals

Cougar Sports Services

No Cougar came in first at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., but one of them finished his indoor track career with a career mark. Senior Robert Foster proved he was the fastest runner in Texas in the 200-meter finals.

Senior Robert Foster led all Cougars at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash. His mark of 20.82 seconds set a new UH indoor record.

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Foster qualified for the finals with a time of 20.92 seconds ­ behind Texas Longhorns Aaron Collins and Brendan Christian. But he beat the Horns in the finals with a career-best 20.82 seconds to finish fifth ­ .02 ahead of Christian and .31 ahead of Collins. His time in the finals set a new UH indoor record.

Sophomore Stanford Routt was the only Cougar competing in two events: the 60- and 200-meter dashes. Routt failed to qualify for the finals in either event, but he was just .11 seconds from advancing in the 60-meter dash. He finished 16th in the 60-meter with a time of 6.77 seconds and 14th in the 200-meter dash at 21.38.

The womenis 4-by-400 relay team (freshman Ebonie Floyd, senior Lauren Smith, freshman Renee Clarke and senior Courtnie Ratliff) finished the event in 10th place with a time of 3 minutes, 39.21 seconds.

The Cougars are off until the outdoor season begins in at the Texas A&M Relays in College Station on Thursday.

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