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Volume 68, Issue 144, Monday, June 2, 2003


Routt, UH impressive at NCAA Midwest Regionals

Cougar Sports Services

Stanford Routt has yet to attend voluntary summer workouts for the UH football team. But he has a pretty good excuse.

Routt, a cornerback for the Cougars, won the 200-meter dash and lead the UH menis track and field team to an eighth-place finish in the team standings at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships with a career-best time of 20.53 seconds. The victory earns Routt a ticket the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. on June 11-14. 

It was Routtis first 200-meter victory of the season.

UH finished the meet with 35 points and Routt helped the Cougars to score 18 of those points with 10 points coming in his victory in the 200 meters. The Cougars scored eight more points with a second-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay.

Routt ran the first leg on the relay. The other runners were Fred Day, Brandon Womack and Robert Foster. Houston finished the race with a time of 39.31 seconds, just behind Texasi time of 39.22 seconds.

Jason Edwards also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the menis long jump at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship. His leap of 25 feet, 1 1/4 inches was good enough for fourth place. It was his best showing of the year. 

Andrew Carruthers also earned a slot at the NCAAs with a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time 51.07 seconds.

In the womenis divisions, the UH 4x400-meter relay team of Keisha Howard, Alicia Cave, Ebonie Floyd and Renee Clarke scored eight points for the Lady Cougars with a second-place finish in a time of 3:34.14. It was the fourth-fastest time in school history and they advanced to the NCAA Championships in Sacramento. Cave also earned a spot in the NCAA Championship meet with a fifth-place finish in the womenis 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.63. Floyd finished in seventh place with a time of 53.16 seconds in the 400-meter.

The Lady Cougars finished in 16th place with 14 points.

Minnesota was the menis champion with 65.5 points. Nebraska won the womenis crown with 103 points.

As long as Routt continues to turn in stellar times, head football coach Art Briles will have to continue to accept his absences. 

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