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McCoy Claims 60-Meter Hurdle Title With Record Setting Performance

Randy McCoy ran a personal-best time of 7.79

Randy McCoy ran a personal-best time of 7.79
March 1, 2014

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Southern Miss' Randy McCoy turned in a record setting-performance on the final day of the championships as McCoy won the 60-meter hurdles with a Conference USA meet-best time of 7.79.

Coutland Wells finished third in the high with a jump of 2.10m (6-10.75) while Kenton Sams finished in a tie for seventh with a jump of 2.05m (6-8.75). In the triple jump, Christopher Monroe was sixth with a mark of 14.70m (43-2.75). Elbert Rogers ran a time of 48.50 in the 400 meters for eighth-place.

The UTEP men and East Carolina women turned in balanced performances on Saturday to capture their respective championships while UAB's Elinor Kirk turned in two record-setting performances on the final day of the 2014 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

For UTEP, Anthony Rotich and Mark Jackson led the way, as both won two events on Saturday and three each over the two-day meet. Rotich defended his 2013 crowns in the 5000, 3000 and mile while Jackson won the long jump, triple jump and 60-meter dash. All told, the duo was responsible for 60 of UTEP's 123 team points. Louisiana Tech (77.5) and East Carolina (71.5) rounded out the top three.

Jackson and Rotich shared men's Performer of the Meet honors while their head coach, Mika Laaksonen, took home men's Coach of the Year honors. Louisiana Tech's Jeremy Hicks was the men's Freshman of the Meet.

Trey Hadnot of Louisiana Tech also turned in record-setting performances on the final day of the championships as he lowered the 200-meter record for the second day in a row, clocking a time of 20.81.

On the women's side, East Carolina turned in a complete team performance, recording points in nearly every discipline - sprints, jumps, vault, throws and the relays - on the way to an 88-point performance. UTSA finished second at 73 points and host UAB took third at 71.5.

UAB's Elinor Kirk capped one of the top performances of the weekend on Saturday when she won the mile in a Conference USA Championship-record time of 4:41.10 and followed that up with another C-USA record in the 3000 meters (9:10.40) to earn Women's Performer of the Meet honors. She began the weekend by capturing the 5000 on Friday night.

Craft was named the women's Coach of the Year while UTEP's Florence Uwakwe was named women's Freshman of the Meet.

Saturday's Champions
Women
60m: Joann Blakney, Charlotte - 7.35
60m Hurdles: Janice Jackson, UTEP - 8.18
200m: Tania Minkins, East Carolina - 23.75
400m: Aiesha Goggins, East Carolina - 54.5
800m: Katherine Camp, Tulsa - 2:09.75
3000m: Elinor Kirk, UAB - 9:10.40*$
Mile: Elinor Kirk, UAB - 4:41.10*$
4x400 relay: UTEP - 3:41.80
High Jump: Belle MacFarlane, Rice - 5-9.25
Triple Jump: Nickevea Wilson, UTEP - 43-01
Shot Put: Claire Uke, Rice - 52-10
Pole Vault: Merritt Van Meter, Tulane - 13-07.25

Men
60m: Mark Jackson, UTEP - 6.70
60m Hurdles: Randy McCoy, Southern Miss - 7.79*
200m: Trey Hadnot, Louisiana Tech - 20.81*
400m: Emmanuel Tugumisirize, Middle Tennessee - 46.80
800m: Eliud Rutto, Middle Tennessee - 1:51.00
3000m: Anthony Rotich, UTEP - 8:17.79
Mile: Anthony Rotich, UTEP - 4:06.07
Heptathlon: Scott Filip, Rice - 5314
Weight Throw: Kerrick Williams, Charlotte - 58-04
Triple Jump: Mark Jackson, UTEP - 52-09.75
4x400 relay: Louisiana Tech- 3:13.48 *- Meet record

$-Crossplex record

Final Team Scoring
Women
1 East Carolina - 88
2 UTSA - 73
3 UAB - 71.5
4 Louisiana Tech - 65
5 UTEP - 62
6t Charlotte - 53
6t Tulane - 53
8 Rice - 52
9 North Texas - 38
10 Middle Tennessee - 37
11 Tulsa - 30
12 FIU - 28.5
13 Marshall- 9
14 Florida Atlantic - 2
15 Southern Miss - 1

Men
1 UTEP - 123
2 Louisiana Tech - 77.5
3 East Carolina - 71.5
4 Middle Tennessee - 68
5 Tulsa - 67
6 Charlotte - 66.5
7 UTSA - 66
8 North Texas - 48
9 Rice - 47
10 Southern Miss - 21.5
11 FIU - 6

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