May 14, 2006
EL PASO, Texas - -
The 2006 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship concluded competition Saturday at the historic Kidd Field. Houston women's team won the team title with 125 points followed by UTEP with 109, Rice was third with 108.50 and Southern Miss was fourth with 85 points. UAB and Tulsa were tied for fifth with 74 points, SMU was seventh with 61 points, Memphis was eighth with 46 points, UCF was ninth with 45.50 points, Tulane was 10th with 38 points, East Carolina was 11th with 33 points and Marshall was 12th with 18 points.
UTEP men's team edged out Houston after winning the 4x400 meter relay, posting 222 points. Houston was second with 218.50 points, followed by Rice with 104.50, East Carolina 75 points, Memphis 73, Tulsa 57, Southern Miss 54 and Tulane had three points.
The running events began with the Southern Miss' team of Tanika Liburd, Raquel Washington, Tori Wells and Angela Johnson took the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 44.60. The relay currently holds the league's fastest time and was ranked ninth by Trackwire.com on May 1. Houston and UTEP women wrapped up the top three spots, each with regional qualifying times. Southern Miss men's team of Robert Johnson, Frederick Baldwin, Cornelius Duncan and Cordell Kinn finished fifth with a time of 42.59.
Southern Miss' Raquel Washington, who owns the top C-USA mark of 13.19, which was set earlier this season, bettered that mark with a time of 13:11 in the women's 100-meter hurdles en route to claiming women's 100-meter hurdles crown.
Ebonie Floyd of Houston crossed the women's 100-meter dash with just a nose-difference time of 11.13 (11.127) ahead of UTEP's Oundamola Osayomi (11.129). Southern Miss' Tanika Liburd finished in third with a time of 11.36 and Angela Johnson was fourth with a time of 11.44.
The 2005 C-USA Athlete of the Meet Carey LaCour won the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.34. The Cougar now has three C-USA Outdoor titles as he won the 200 and 400-meter dash at last year's meet. UTEP's Daniel Ward, who led going into the finals, took second with a time of 46.50 and Houston's Kolee Latson earned third (46.89). That is also Latson's personal-best. Southern Miss Cornelius Duncan finished with a time of 47.28.
Southern Miss' Raquel Washington won her second crown of the night with a gold medal finish in the women's 400-meter hurdles. Washington, who finished seventh in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2006 Indoor NCAA Championship, posted a time of 59.05 in the 400-meter event. April Montgomery of Tulsa and Victoria Chin of UCF rounded out the top three positions. Southern Miss' Kenika Weaver finished fifth with a time of 1L04.16 and Ashley Reyer was eighth with a time of 1:17.08.
Frederick Baldwin finished seventh in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.30 and was fifth in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.30. Marvin Pinnock finished sixth in the 800 meters, posting a time of 1:55.60.
Angela Johnson finished eighth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.10.
Southern Miss' women's 4x400-meter relay team (Terria Owens, Cheris Fletcher, Ashley Reyer, Jocelyn Young) ran a time of 3:48.15, finishing sixth. The men's team of Cordell Kinn, Cornelius Duncan, Marvin Pinnock and Brandon McCray, finished third with a time of 3:14.12.
In the field events, Noah Bryant and Marcus Brown finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the discus with throws of 160'3" and 159'4". Ahmed Abdelzaher finished fourth in the high jump with a jump of 6'11.75" and teammates Steven Green finishing sixth with a jump of 6'6.75" and David Clyburn was eighth with a jump of 6'4.75".
Simona Costache finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 42'7" and Aaliyah Shareef was seventh with a mark of 40'8.75". Ron Robert was fourth in the men's competition with a jump of 48'4" and Ken Watson was seventh with a jump of 47'1.50".
2006 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship
Male High Point Scorer of the Meet: Mickael Hanany, UTEP
Female High Point Scorer of the Meet: Ebonie Floyd, Houston
Men's Performance of the Meet: Mickael Hanany, UTEP
Co-Women's Performances of the Meet: Ebonie Floyd, Houston & Gaelle Niare, SMU
Male Freshman of the Year: Dominic Tanui, UTEP
Female Freshman of the Year: Valencia Wilson, Tulane
Men's Coach of the Year: Bob Kitchens, UTEP
Women's Coach of the Year: Leroy Burrell, Houston