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Women's Track And Field Takes Second In C-USA Outdoor Championships, While Men Finish Eighth; Williams Named C-USA Women's Coach Of The Year
HOUSTON, Texas -- The Southern Miss men's and women's outdoor track and field teams wrapped up Conference USA Tournament play on Saturday, at the Carl Lewis/Tom Tellez Track and Field Complex.
The women scored 116.50 points to finish second overall, while the men put up 46 total points to finish eight overall. Host Houston swept both the men's and women's C-USA Tournament titles.
For his efforts, Southern Miss Track and Field Coach Wayne Williams was named the Conference USA Women's Coach of the Year by his peers.
After posting strong performances in the first two days of the event, Southern Miss posted some impressive results in the final day of competition.
On the women's side, Aaliyah Shareef took the gold in the women's triple jump with a jump of 12.44 meters, and the women's 4x100-meter relay team was third in that event, with a time of 44.75. In the womenís 100-meter dash, Tanika Liburd earned second with a time of 11.67. Dijana Kojic clocked 2:07.85 and beat defending 800-meter dash champion Tara DeBrielle of ECU, who came in at 2:08.85, for the title in that event. For the womenís 100-meter hurdles, Raquel Washington gave a great performance with a time of 13.31. She then took second in the 400-meter hurdles with a 59.20.
USFís Chandra Brewer and Cincinnatiís Jo Young earned Female Co-Athletes of the Meet honors. Chandra Brewer defended her 2004 shot put title as the Bullís senior tossed for 16.57 meters and set a new Conference USA meet record. Brewer held the previous record of 16.08 meters. Brewer also earned a gold in the discus with a throw of 47.53 meters. Young placed second in the shot put to Brewer, but earned a meet title in the hammer with a throw of 55.18 meters.
On the menís side, Houstonís sophomore Carey LaCour earned Male Athlete of the Meet honors as he picked up two gold medals in the meet and scored 24.50 points (including relay points) for the Cougars. LaCour won the menís 200-meter dash setting a new stadium record of 20.60 and won the 400-meter race with a time of 46.02. The native of Humble, Texas also anchored the Cougarís winning 100-meter relay, which set another stadium record with a 39.57 finish. Athlete of the Meet honors are given to the highest-scoring female and male athletes of the meet.
TCUís Jacob Hernandez was named the Male Freshman of the Year following an impressive 800-meter run, which broke the previous C-USA meet record, but finished second just behind teammate Jackson Langat. Hernandez finished with a time of 1:47.96. The Female Freshman of the Year honor went to Memphisí Chen Edri. The rookie tied for second in the womenís high jump with a leap of 1.75 meters and placed third in the javelin with a throw of 43.30 meters.
The top three finishers in each event are considered All-Conference. The league coaches also select a male and female Athlete of the Year following the NCAA Championship.
WOMENíS FINAL TEAM STANDINGS PLACE SCHOOL SCORE 1 Houston 137 2 Southern Miss 116.50 3 Charlotte 75 4 USF 74.50 5 Tulane 63 6 TCU 58 7 Cincinnati 57 8 UAB 54 8 East Carolina 54 10 Marquette 53 11 Memphis 31 12 Louisville 24 13 DePaul 22
MENíS FINAL TEAM STANDINGS PLACE SCHOOL SCORE 1 Houston 201 2 TCU 105 3 Cincinnati 90 4 Charlotte 76 5 USF 70.50 6 Marquette 70 7 East Carolina 60 8 Southern Miss 46 9 Louisville 40 10 Memphis 29.50 11 DePaul 24 12 Tulane 6
FEMALE CO-ATHLETES OF THE MEET
Chandra Brewer, USF
Jo Young, Cincinnati
MALE ATHLETE OF THE MEET
Carey LaCour, Houston
WOMENíS COACH OF THE YEAR
Wayne Williams, Southern Miss
MENíS COACH OF THE YEAR
Leroy Burrell, Houston
FEMALE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Chen Edri, Memphis
MALE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Jacob Hernandez, TCU
Southern Miss' Event Champions (All days)
Womenís Triple Jump
Aaliyah Shareef, Southern Miss (12.44m)
Womenís 100-Meter Hurdles
Raquel Washington, Southern Miss (13.31)
Womenís 800-Meter Dash
Dijana Kojic, Southern Miss (2:07.85)
Women's High Jump
Krista Miller, Southern Miss (1.75m)
Hana Prudilova, Southern Miss 145-04Ē (44.30m)
Conrad Chanove, Southern Miss 223.08" (68.18m)