Conference USA Announces Men’s Indoor Track and Field All-Decade Awards
Cedric Norman, an NCAA All-American in 2004
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA is celebrating its 10th anniversary during the 2004-05 season. In conjunction, the league is naming a Team of the Decade for each of the conference’s 19 sports. Men’s Indoor Track and Field is the latest sport to have its All-Decade team released and the squad is led by former Houston star Darius Pemberton, a three-time NCAA All-American, who was named Athlete of the Decade. The Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Decade award was given to Houston’s Leroy Burrell, who has guided the Cougars to four C-USA titles. Voting on the awards was done by each of the league’s current men’s track and field coaches.
Houston produced half of the All-Decade teams with five selections, while TCU had two and Charlotte, Southern Miss and Tulane each produced one member of the squad. Cedric Norman, a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was a four-year letterwinner at Southern Miss and still holds the C-USA indoor record in the high jump.
C-USA MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD ALL-DECADE TEAM
Darius Pemberton, Houston (1997) - ATHLETE OF THE DECADE
Three-time NCAA All-American in the 55 hurdles and long jump (twice)…was the 1996 NCAA 55-meter hurdles champion…named the 1997 C-USA Indoor Athlete of the Year after winning four individual events and running on Houston’s winning 4x400-meter relay team at the 1997 C-USA Indoor Championships as a senior…set a C-USA record when he won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.36…also won the high jump after clearing 6 -09.75”, long jump with a mark of 25-00.50” and the triple jump after leaping 50-0”…holds Houston’s school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.81 seconds in 1996…also ran on Houston’s record-setting 4x400-meter relay team that had a time of 3:08.59 in 1997.
Kenneth Svendsen, Charlotte (1998, 1999, 2001)
Conference USA Athlete of the Year in 2001 ... captured the 5,000-meter championship and finished runner-up in both the mile and 3,000-meter run that year...helped Charlotte to its only C-USA Indoor team championship, scoring 26 points (10-8-8) as the Niners beat Houston by five points ... member of Charlotte's conference champion distance medley relay team in 1999 and finished second in the 3,000 run that year .... third in the 3,000 in 1998, giving him three all-conference awards in three seasons in that event.
Karim Alston, Houston (1997-2000)
Eight-time Conference USA champion in the 800 meters and 4x400-meter relay…was the 1997 Conference USA Freshman of the Year after winning his first 800-meter championship with a C-USA record time of 1:52.39…set a school record in the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.38 that same season…also won the 800 meters at the Conference USA Indoor Championships in 1998, 1999 and 2000…ran on Houston’s 4x400-meter relay team that won the C-USA title all four years…was a member of the Cougars’ C-USA record-setting 4x400-meter relay team that had a time of 3:08.59 in 1997.
Dennis Darling, Houston (1997-99)
Earned All-American honors in 1999 after he had a sixth-place finish in the 400 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships… named the C-USA Indoor Athlete of the Year after winning the 200 and 400 meter dashes at the 1998 and 1999 C-USA Indoor meets…also won the 200 and 400 meters at the 1997 C-USA Indoor meet…ran on Houston’s winning 4x400-meter relay team at the 1997, 1998 and 1999 C-USA meets…also ran on Houston’s record-setting 4x400-meter relay team that had a time of 3:08.59 in 1997.
John Davis, Houston (1997-99)
Three-time All-American in the shot put after posting third (1998), fourth (1999) and sixth place (1996) finishes at the 1996, 1998 and 1999 NCAA Championships…three-time Conference USA Indoor shot put champion…school record holder with a throw of 64-7.25…also holds the C-USA record in the shot put with a throw of 63-5.50.
Robert Foster, Houston (2000-03)
A three-time Conference USA champion who earned All-American honors in the 200 meters after a fifth-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Championships…set Houston’s school record in the 60 meters with a time of 6.60 seconds in 2001…also set a school record in the 200 meters with a time of 20.82 seconds in 2003.was named the 2000 C-USA Indoor Freshman of the Year after winning the 200 meters in a time of 21.56 seconds…also was the 2001 and 2003 C-USA 200-meter champion.
Cedric Norman, Southern Miss (2001-04)
A two-time All-Conference performer (2003, 2004)… holds the school record and Conference USA record in the high jump at 7-03”, set last season … finished in a tie for fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a jump of 7-02.50” in 2004… Posted 10 first-place finishes in the high jump over a two year span … NCAA All-American in 2004.
Jerry Harris, TCU (2002-04)
Owns three indoor All-America certificates... is the TCU record-holder in the indoor 400m (45.52)... won the C-USA 400m in 2004 and captured the silver medal at the NCAA Indoor meet, finishing behind only Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner... also placed fourth in the 200 at the conference meet and was on the Frogs' silver medal 4x400 meter relay unit, which later placed eighth at the NCAA meet... was on the winning 4x400 relay, placed second in the 400 and fifth in the 200 at the 2003 C-USA meet... ran the anchor leg on TCU's silver medal winning 4x400 meter relay unit at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships and placed 10th in the 400.
Jackson Langat, TCU (2002-03)
Three-time NCAA indoor track & field All-American... 2003 Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year... placed sixth in the 800 at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, ran the second leg on TCU's silver medal winning 4x400 meter relay unit at the 2003 NCAA Indoor meet and placed fourth in the 800 at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 1:48.37....TCU record-holder in the indoor 800 meters (1:46.09)... won both the 800 meters and mile run at the 2003 C-USA meet and finished second in the mile run at the 2004 C-USA meet.
Solomon Kandie, Tulane (2000-2002)
A nine-time all-conference selection who won the mile championship at the 2000 Indoor Championship with a time of 4:11.95. Earned all-league recognition in 2002 for the mile, the 3,000, the DMR and the 4x400; in 2001 for the mile and the 3,000; and in 2000 for the mile, the 3,000 and the DMR.
C-USA MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD COACH OF THE DECADE
Leroy Burrell, Houston (1999-Present)
Has led Houston to six Conference USA championships (four men and two women)…Named the NCAA South Central Regional Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004…named C-USA Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2003…has produced one NCAA Indoor champion, five NCAA women’s All-Americans, two C-USA women’s Indoor Athletes of the Year and one C-USA Indoor Women’s Freshman of the Year.