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Volume 71, Issue 131, Thursday, April 20, 2006

Sports

UH loads track team with Texas talent

Five top-notch Lone Star athletes will attend Houston, including one state champion

Cougar Sports Services

UH track and field coach Leroy Burrell announced the Cougars have signed five athletes, including three sprinters, a hurdler and a women's discus thrower. All athletes signed are Texas natives and will begin competing for the Cougars in 2007.

Brandon James, a student at Cuero High School, was the Class 3A state champion in the 200-meter in 2005. 

He also ran the anchor leg on Cuero's 4x100-meter relay state championship team as a junior. He is currently the reigning champion in the 100-meter in District 26-3A.

Chris Tindle is a sprinter from Dickinson High School and was the District 23-4A champion in the 200 and district runner-up in the 100. 

At the 2005 UIL Class 4A State Championships, Tindle placed third in the 100 with a wind-aided time of 10.52 seconds.

Westfield High School's Justin Davis currently owns the state's fifth-fastest overall time in the 400-meter at 47.89 seconds. He ran the anchor leg on Westfield's District 22-5A-winning 1600-meter relay team and finished in second place in the 400. 

The Cougars also landed Steven Jones, a hurdler from Lexington High School, who is ranked in the top 10 hurdlers in the state by TexasTrack.com. He won the 110-meter hurdles at the District 25-2A Championships and at the 2006 Texas Relays with a wind-aided time of 14.32 seconds. His personal best time in the 110 hurdles is 14.14 seconds. 

On the women's side, UH added a discus thrower in Ashley Bryant of Deer Park High School. TexasTrack.com ranks Bryant amongst the top four women's discus throwers in the state. She was runner-up in the discus throw at the 2005 UIL Class 5A Championships with a throw of 140-7.
 

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