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Volume 70, Issue 132, Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Houston shows strong at UC-Berkeley

Cougars accumulate 10 first-place finishes, 2 relay titles at Calif. Golden Bear Invitational

Cougar Sports Services

The Cougar menis and womenis track team traveled to Berkeley, Calif., Friday to participate in the California Golden Bear Invitational where by Saturday the squad took 10 first-place finishes and a pair of top relay wins.

Winning both the 200- and 400-meter events with times of 23.89 and 53.93 seconds respectively, junior Keisha Howard led the womenis team in first-place finishes that earned her qualifications to compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in both events. Other first-place finishes came after Caresir Hamilton jumped to the 12.56-meter mark in the triple jump event. 

Senior distance runner Veronica Ramirez crossed the 1500-meter finish line first with a time of 10:15.88. Senior Alicia Cave, junior Cheryl Garner, sophomore Jennifer Hunt and freshman Jennifer Harper took the womenis 4x400-relay with a team time of 3:46.57.

Cave also had a runner-up finish in the 100-meter hurdles after running the event in 13.81 seconds. 

First-place finishes among the menis team came from junior Preston Perry who clocked the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.97 seconds that qualified him to the NCAA regionals. Coming in with the nationis fourth-fastest finish in the 400-meter dash, sophomore Carey LaCour took first in 47 seconds flat.

Other NCAA qualifiers came from senior Andrew Carruthers, who finished first in the 400-meter hurdles as well as senior Milton Manson who had a season-best time in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a 14.33 time in the event. 

Sophomore Tristian Whitley made the NCAA qualifiers in the high jump after he won the event clearing 2.20 meters as well as senior long jumper Brandon Bray, leaping 7.42 meters and tying his career-best jump.

In the pole vault, UH finished in the top two spots after senior Tom Rusteberg cleared 5.05 meters and senior Ron Veillon followed with a vault of 4.75. 

Freshmen Kolee Laston and Termaine Smith joined LaCour and Perry in taking the menis 4x400-meter relay.

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