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Volume 70, Issue 142, Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Men, women compete at NCAA Midwest Regionals

Several qualify for NCAA Championships

Cougar Sports Services

The UH track and field team was at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships over the weekend. The men's team placed sixth while the women finished 15th at the meet, which ended Saturday at John Jacobs Track.

The Cougars scored all 34 of their points on Saturday, with 13 coming from senior hurdler Andrew Carruthers. Carruthers placed second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.11 seconds and he finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking in at 13.97 seconds.

Senior hurdler Andrew Carruthers, shown here at an indoor meet earlier this season, jumped into the NCAA Championships with his performance in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles Saturday at the NCAA Midwest Regionals.
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UH also picked up 13 in the 200-meter dash, with sophomore Carey LaCour coming in third at 20.99 seconds and junior Preston Perry finishing right behind him at 21.06 seconds. Freshman Tremaine Smith finished seventh with a time of 21.57 seconds.

The Cougars started the day by picking up eight points in the 4x100-meter relay. Junior Vincent Marshall, Perry, Smith and LaCour combined for a second-place time of 39.74 seconds. Nebraska won the race with a time of 39.19 seconds.

Highlighting the meet for the Lady Cougars was Krystal Ward, who picked up four and one-half points in the high jump by tying for third place with a jump of 5-9 1/4. She finished sixth following a jump-off.

The Lady Cougars also earned points in both relay races, taking sixth in the 4x400-meters and eighth in the 4x100-meters.

A number of Cougars and Lady Cougars qualified for the NCAA Championships coming in June. For the men, Carruthers qualified in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles, while LaCour and Perry made it in the 200-meter dash. For the Lady Cougars, Hamilton qualified in the women's triple jump. Ward has a shot at an at-large berth in the women's high jump after her performance Saturday.

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