Conference USA Announces Men’s Outdoor Track and Field All-Decade Awards
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 Outdoor Track and Field is the latest sport to have its All-Decade team released and the squad is led by former Houston star John Davis, 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 Cincinnati’s Bill Schnier, who has guided the Bearcats to three C-USA titles. Voting on the awards was done by each of the league’s current men’s track and field coaches.
Houston produced a league-high three members of the All-Decade team, while TCU had two and Charlotte, Cincinnati, DePaul, Southern Miss and Tulane each produced one member of the squad.
Cedric Norman, a Tuscaloosa, Ala., native currently holds the conference record in the high jump at 7’5.25”. Norman is a two-time All-American in the high jump.
C-USA MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD ALL-DECADE TEAM
John Davis, Houston (1996-99) - ATHLETE OF THE DECADE
Three-time NCAA All-American…Seven time Conference USA champion in shot put, javelin throw and discus throw…Holds Conference USA records in the shot put and discus throw…was named the C-USA Outdoor Athlete of the Year in 1997 after winning the shot put, discus throw and javelin throw…Also won the shot put in 1998 and 1999…Was the C-USA javelin champion in 1998, and C-USA champion in the discus throw in 1999…Had two fourth-place finishes at the NCAA Championships in the shot put in 1998 and discus throw in 1999…Had a sixth-place showing in the shot put in 1999.
Will Montgomery, Charlotte (1999-02)
Two-time Outdoor All-American in the long jump (2001 & 2002)…Also qualified for NCAA's in high jump in 2000…Three C-USA Championships and two runner-up performances…Three-time C-USA long jump champion, taking titles in 1999, 2001 and 2002…Runner-up in 2000…Triple jump runner-up in 2002…Only three-time long jump champ and one of only six athletes in C-USA history to earn three titles in the same event during a career…C-USA Freshman of the Year and USATF Junior All-American in 1999…Three-time team MVP, led 49ers to best-ever fourth place finishes in 2001 and 2002…School record holder in long and high jumps, second in triple jump.
David Payne, Cincinnati (2000-2004)
2004 C-USA Athlete of the Year…UC’s second two-time All-American honoree (2003, 2004)…Two-time C-USA champion in the 110 hurdles (2002, 2004)…C-USA 400 hurdles champion in 2004…Owns UC records in both 110 hurdles (13.42) and 400 hurdles (51.16)…led Bearcats to 2004 C-USA team championship…Two-time C-USA Athlete of the Week (April 1, 2003, April 13, 2004).
Carey Ryan, DePaul (1998-02)
Only student-athlete in Conference USA Championship history to eclipse the 60-meter mark in the hammer throw…Two-time All-American…Placed third at the 2002 NCAA Championships and sixth in 2001…Three-time C-USA champion in the hammer (2000, 2001, 2002)…Finished second in the event as a freshman in 1999…Distance of 64.58 meters in 2002 C-USA Championships is a meet record…DePaul record: 69.04m (2001).
Darius Pemberton, Houston (1996-97)
Two-time NCAA All-American in the long jump and 110-meter hurdles in 1996…Four-time Conference USA champion…Won the 1997 C-USA championships in the 110-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump…Also was a member of Houston's winning 4x100-meter relay team in 1997.
Stanford Routt, Houston (2003-04)
Two-time NCAA All-American in the 200 meters…Was a member of Houston's winning 4x100-meter dash in 2003…Was the runner-up in the 200 meters at the 2004 NCAA Championships after finishing in third place in 2003…Runner-up in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2004 C-USA Championships…Also was the runner-up in the 200 meters at the 2003 Conference USA Championships.
Cedric Norman, Southern Miss (2001-2004)
A two-time all-Conference performer in the high jump (2003, 2004)…The conference record holder in the high jump at 7-5.25…Holds the school record in the high jump…Qualified for the NCAA Championships three times…Finished first in the jump at the conference meet in 2003 and 2004…Finished third at the NCAA Championships in 2003…NCAA All-American…Qualified for the Olympic Trials in 2004.
Michael Frater, TCU (2002-2004)
Earned five all-America certificates in outdoor track - three times in the 100 meter dash and twice on the 4x100 meter relay squad…Placed fourth in the 100 at the 2002 NCAA meet, third in the 100 at the 2003 NCAA meet and second in the 100 at the 2004 meet (10.06), missing the national title by 8-thousandths of a second…The relay teams finished sixth in 2002 and fourth in 2004…Won the conference 100 meter title in both 2002 and 2004 and finished second in 2003…Also won the 200 in 2002 and was on a pair of gold medal winning 4x1 relays at the conference meet.
Aundre Edwards, TCU (2002-2004)
Earned three all-America certificates in the long jump during the outdoor track & field season, placing fifth in 2002 (7.85m), fourth in 2003 (7.90m) and fourth in 2004 (7.96m)…Logged two gold medals at the Conference USA outdoor championships in the long jump (2003 and 2004) and earned the bronze medal in 2002…Best career jump was 8.00 meters.
Solomon Kandie, Tulane (2000-2002)
A three-time All-American, a six-time Conference USA Outdoor Champion and a nine-time all-league outdoor selection…Was named Athlete of the Year at the C-USA Outdoor Championships twice (2000, 2001)…Earned All-America status in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after finishing third twice and eighth once…His top time in the steeplechase is 8:35.30. Won the 1,500 and the steeplechase at the C-USA Championship in both 2000 and 2002 while capturing titles in the 5,000 and the steeplechase in 2001.
C-USA MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD COACH OF THE DECADE
Bill Schnier, Cincinnati (1995-present)
Led Cincinnati to three C-USA titles in the first nine years of competition (1996, 2001, 2004)…C-USA Coach of the Year in 1996, 2001, and 2004 … UC finished no lower than third in each of the first nine C-USA Championships (3 firsts, five seconds, one third)…Athletes have won 18 individual C-USA titles under his watch…Tutored two All-Americans, four NCAA participants and one C-USA Athlete of the Year (David Payne, 2004)…Holds a career 163-61 dual meet record…Has seen 11 school records fall since 1996…Also led UC to 1995, 1996 C-USA men’s cross country titles…Named the C-USA Cross Country Coach of the Decade.