May 13, 2000
NEW ORLEANS - The University of Houston used superior depth on both of its rosters to sweep the 2000 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
The Cougar men, who captured the team title for the fourth straight season, scored 74 points in a seven-event span Saturday to take a lead it would not relinquish. During the three-day meet, the Houston men won four individual titles and a relay to outdistance runner-up Tulane, 165-122. Cincinnati finished third with 110.50 points.
The UH women were equally as dominant, leading wire-to-wire to capture its second title in three years. The Houston women earned six individual titles and won by 40 points over runner-up Tulane, 162-122. South Florida finished third with 111.50 points.
For his efforts, UH coach Leroy Burrell earned Conference USA Coach-of-the-Year honors on both the men's and women's side. Houston's Robert Foster was named the C-USA men's Freshman of the Year.
Tulane swept the Athlete-of-the-Year honors, as sophomore Solomon Kandie was the men's winner, and senior Hanne Lyngstad won on the women's side. UNC Charlotte's Naomi Wendland was named the women's Freshman of the Year.
The 2000 C-USA Track and Field Championships were hosted by Tulane University.
WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES: 1. Houston, 162, 2. Tulane, 122, 3. South Florida, 111.50, 4. Southern Mississippi, 70.50, 5. Louisville, 65.50, 6. Marquette, 65, 7. Cincinnati, 64.50, 8. UNC-Charlotte, 49, 9. Alabama-Birmingham, 41, 10. Memphis, 35, 11. DePaul, 33.
MEN'S TEAM SCORES: 1. Houston, 165, 2. Tulane, 122, 3. Cincinnati, 110.50, 4. Memphis, 101, 5. Southern Mississippi, 94, 6. UNC-Charlotte, 73.50, 7. Marquette, 53, 8. DePaul, 35, 8. Louisville, 35, 10. South Florida, 24.
MEN'S INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
100 meters Larry Crawford (Memphis) 10.42
200 meters Robert Foster (Houston) 20.85
400 meters Justin Robinson (Tulane) 47.00
800 meters Karim Alston (Houston) 1:52.26
1,500 meters Solomon Kandie (Tulane) 3:51.36
3,000-meter steeplechase Solomon Kandie (Tulane) 8:57.95
5,000 meters Paul Kemei (Southern Miss) 14:33.73
10,000 meters Paul Kemei (Southern Miss) 30:58.42
110-meter hurdles Wenston Riley (Southern Miss) *13.82
400-meter hurdles Greg Christie (Houston) *50.05
4x100-meter relay Southern Miss 40.05
4x400-meter relay Houston 3:07.78
High Jump Jeff Mueller (Houston) *7-3 ? (2.23m)
Long Jump Rephel Martin (UNC Charlotte) 26-5 (8.05m)
Triple Jump Delvit Rogers (Memphis) 53-6 ? (16.32m)
Shot Put Jason Garrison (Memphis) 55-9 ? (17.01m)
Hammer Throw Carey Ryan (DePaul) *211-9 (64.54m)
Discus Greg Uher (Marquette) 180-8 (55.06m)
Javelin Nathan Junius (Tulane) *240-4 (73.26m)
Pole Vault Jamie Lewis (Cincinnati) 16-4 ? (5.00m)
Decathlon Jason Wilson (Southern Miss) *7,521
*Conference USA Championship Record
Athlete of the Year: Solomon Kandie, Tulane
Freshman of the Year: Robert Foster, Houston
Coach of the Year: Leroy Burrell
WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL WINNERS
100 meters Hellena Wrappah (Southern Miss) 11.57
200 meters Hellena Wrappah (Southern Miss) *23.21
400 meters Theodoesha Rivers (Houston) 53.50
800 meters Lana Garner (Tulane) 2:09.71
1,500 meters Hanne Lyngstad (Tulane) 4:26.54
3,000 meters Hanne Lyngstad (Tulane) 9:35.79
5,000 meters Hanne Lyngstad (Tulane) 17:13.35
10,000 meters Nicole McCarthy (South Florida) 37:04.09
100-meter hurdles Jenny Adams (Houston) 13.05
400-meter hurdles Nakeshia Jackson (UAB) 58.44
4x100-meter relay South Florida *44.92
4x400-meter relay Tulane 3:38.01
High Jump Ifoma Jones (Houston) 5-8 ? (1.74m)
Long Jump Jenny Adams (Houston) 21-3 ? (6.49m)
Triple Jump Kerine Black (South Florida) *43-6 (13.26m)
Shot Put Shola Kadri (Louisville) *47-6 ? (14.49m)
Hammer Throw Lori Perrie (Marquette) 167-5 (51.02m)
Discus Montina Gardner (DePaul) 151-4 (46.14m)
Javelin Trish Young (Louisville) 158-3 (48.24m)
Pole Vault Rhian Clarke (Houston) *12-2 (3.71m)
Heptathlon Ifoma Jones (Houston) 5009 points
*Conference USA Championship Record
Athlete of the Year: Hanne Lyngstad, Tulane
Freshman of the Year: Naomi Wendland, UNC Charlotte
Coach of the Year: Leroy Burrell, Houston