Track and Field Wraps-up 2007 C-USA Outdoor Championship
May 12, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas - The Memphis men and Rice women captured the 2007 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Rice Track Stadium on the campus of Rice University Saturday night. Memphis, under first-year head coach Kevin Robinson, stunned the men's field by winning the meet with 154.50 points. Rice women secured its crown and a complete the track sweep, by winning the indoor title, with 154.50 points.
UTEP men and women took second place with 145 points for the men and 122 points for the women. The Miners men won the 2006 title, while the women also finished second a year ago.
Houston men and women also recorded identical placing of third. The men recorded 134 points, to the women's 105.
East Carolina men finished fourth with 114 points, while the women placed 11th (34). Rice finished with 110.5 points for fifth, while Tulsa and Southern Miss rounded out the seven-team men's field with 92 and 63 points, respectively.
Tulsa women came in fourth place with 88.83 points, while UCF scored 66.33 for fifth. SMU's 53 points edged UCF's 50 for sixth and seventh-place finishes, respectively. Memphis scored 47.33 points for eighth, while UAB and Southern Miss finished ninth with 45 points apiece.
The East Carolina men made history when they won their first ever crown in the 4x100 meter relay with an NCAA Regional time of 40.19. UTEP placed second (40.22) and Rice was 3rd (41.23). Adian Sanderson, Jarek Hewitt, David Rucker and Kevin Thompson represented the Pirates for the winning effort.
The 4x400 meter relay team, comprised of Brandon Small, Sanderson, Bryson Bowling and Chris Richardson, took home 3rd place honors with an NCAA Regional time of 3:09.92. Three Pirates placed in the 100 meter dash finals, with Sanderson taking home 2nd place with a time of 10.58. Thompson was 4th (10.69) and Rucker came in 5th (10.83). In the 200 meter dash finals, the Pirates took home four of the top seven spots. Thompson (21.27) finished 3rd, Small (21.46) was 4th, Sanderson (21.58) was 5th and Rucker (21.99) was 7th. Small added a 3rd place finish in the 400 meter dash finals with a time of 46.64, while Richardson came in 4th (47.24). Richard Armstrong took home 7th in the 800 meter dash finals with a time of 1:54.99.
On the women's side, Camelia Morman came in 4th in the triple jump with an NCAA Regional mark of 12.39m. In the discus, Danielle Eiler came in 6th (44.56m) while Emily Thompson finished 15th (38.93m). Lindsay Rosales finished 6th in the pole vault with a mark of 3.50m while Brie Berkowitz was 10th (3.05m). Finally, the 4x400 relay team took home 10th place honors with a time of 3:56.48. Chalonda Silver, Amy Hart, Samantha Lichtner and Berkowitz represented the Pirates.
The Pirates will now wait for the NCAA Regionals which take place May 25-26 in Gainesville, Fla.
2007 CONFERENCE USA OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS