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USF, Charlotte Jump Out to Lead

USF, Charlotte Jump Out to Lead

HOUSTON -- The first day of the 2001 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships ended with the women of South Florida and the men of Charlotte holding leads heading into the final day of competition at the Bill Yeoman Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Houston.

The Bulls-who are the defending C-USA Indoor Champions-hold a slight lead over Houston, edging out the Cougars 36.50 to 29 after the first day of competition. South Florida grabbed second-place honors in both the 5,000-meter run (Jolene Williams) and distance medley as the crux of their almost eight-point lead over UH.

Behind the conference titles of two All-Americans, the Cougars nip at the heels of the Bulls, and simultaneously hold off the charge of third-place Cincinnati (26) and the tandem of Marquette and Louisville (24). Rhian Clarke captured her second consecutive pole vault title, clearing a C-USA meet record of 13-3 1/2. Nine-time All-American Jenny Adams picked off where she left last year, capturing the conference long jump title with a leap of 21-2 3/4.

On the men's side, Charlotte built a comfortable lead over Memphis and Houston, using a one-three finish (Kenneth Svedsen and Vince Sherry) in the 5,000 meters, while Will Montgomery captured the long jump title (24-7 1/4). Teammate Matt Rausch rounded out the impressive first day for the 49ers, as he was the first champion of the day with a 60-10 throw in the 35-pound weight competition.

After slow early afternoon start, the Cougars jumped back into the title hunt with an impressive performance in the high jump. Defending C-USA champion Jeff Mueller kept the crown, clearing 7-1 1/2 to beat out teammate Nick Decker (6-9 3/4) for individual honors. Long jumper Brandon Bray captured third place behind Charlotte's Montgomery with a leap of 24-2 1/2.

Other individual champions on the day were Susan Barth of Marquette in the 5,000 meters (16:53.41) and Cincinnati's Mimi Merrill in the 20-pound weight throw (63-2 3/4), while Memphis captured the men's distance medley relay (10:12.02) and Tulane grabbed the women's medley honors (11:48.41).

Competition for the conference titles begins tomorrow morning with field events beginning at 11 a.m. The Houston men's squad will look to shoot past Charlotte en route to its fifth consecutive Conference USA Indoor title.

Day One Results-Team Standings

Place School Score

1. South Florida 36.50

2. Houston 29

3. Cincinnati 26

4. Marquette 24

Louisville 24

6. Charlotte 16.50

7. Tulane 14

8. Memphis 11

DePaul 11

10. Southern Miss 2

11. UAB 1

2001 Conference USA Men's Indoor Track and Field

Championship Results

Hosted by Houston

Day One Results-Team Standings

Place School Score

1. Charlotte 53

2. Memphis 37

3. Houston 34

4. Marquette 27

5. DePaul 25

6. Tulane 16

Southern Miss teams will compete in the LSU Invitational, scheduled for

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