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Southern Miss Men’s Indoor Track and Field Team Takes Lead After First Day
-- The Southern Miss men’s indoor track and field team took the early lead after the completion of day one at the 2003 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championship in Yeoman Field House in Houston, Texas.
The Golden Eagles scored 43 points in the first day of competition, followed Houston with 36, Memphis 26, DePaul 20, TCU and Charlotte 18.50 points, each, ECU 18 and Marquette 14.
Cedric Norman, who finished first in the high jump with a jump of 6’7”, scoring 10 points. He also scored three points in the long jump, finishing sixth with a jump of 23’2”. Marvin Lucas, who placed third in the long jump with a jump of 24’6.25”, scored six points in the event. Steve Griffin and Michael Hardrick finished in a tie for third and scored 5.5 points each in the event.
The Golden Eagles got a combined total of nine points in the weight throw with Noah Bryant and Eric Lyon finishing, fourth and fifth, respectively, with throws of 48’6” and 47’10”. Matthew Cheruiyot finished sixth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:01.19, scoring three points. The distance medley team of Jerry Teachey, Etan Funches, LaKeith Benson and Cheruiyot finished eighth for one point with a time of 11:13.85.
On the women’s side, the Lady Eagles is in 11th-place after five events. Houston holds a slight lead over South Florida, 43.50 to 43.00. Rounding out the order is Marquette with 35 points, Tulane and Cincinnati 27, each, Louisville 26, TCU nine, East Carolina seven, DePaul six, Charlotte 5.50, Southern Miss four and UAB one.
Dasha Wakefield finished in a tie for fourth in the pole vault, scoring four points, with a height of 11’1.75”. Prudence Reid and Jessica Crump advanced to the finals of the 60-meter dash and 800 meters, respectively.
The meet concludes Saturday.