2013 C-USA Indoor Track & Field Championships

Go C-USA! 2013 C-USA Track Championships set for Feb. 23-24.
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2013 C-USA Track Championships set for Feb. 23-24.
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Feb. 20, 2013

IRVING, Texas - After several weeks of preparing for the 2013 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships UAB and the CrossPlex facility are set to host the two-day event in Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 23-24. This marks the second consecutive season UAB has served as hosts. Prior to the 2012 event Houston was the only school to host the Indoor Championship at its on-campus facility.

The preliminary events will begin at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday with the pentathlon and heptathlon events, followed by field events at 10 a.m. Sunday's action starts with the heptathlon 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run at 10 a.m. The championship field events will begin later that day with the women's shot put at Noon and the running events at 2 p.m. The championships will conclude with the final awards presentation set for 5:30 p.m.

The championship will be televised by Fox Sports Network on a tape delay with the first airing set for Friday, March 1 at 11 a.m. CT. However, live results will be posted at the C-USA Championship Central and provided by Flash Texas. Seven men's and 12 women's teams will compete for individual and team titles over the course of 17 events.

Headlining the list of individuals will be Tulsa senior Chris O'Hare in the mile and UCF junior Aurieyall Scott in the 200-meters. O'Hare shattered the NCAA Division I record in the mile after he clocked a time of 3:52.98 at the 106th Millrose Games Feb. 16 at The Armory in New York City. That performance moved the Golden Hurricane up 20 spots on the USTFCCCA National Poll to No. 20 heading into this weekend's events.

O'Hare's earned him USTFCCCA DI National Athlete of the Week honors as well as C-USA's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the week merits. O'Hare's mark also is the second fastest time by a British (Edinburgh, Scotland) athlete and shattered his personal- and school-record of 3:56.48.

Scott enters the C-USA Championships as the world's fastest woman in the 200-meters in 2013 with a school-record 22.68 clocked at the Tyson Razorback Invitational on Feb. 9. After that performance, she was named the USTFCCCA Division I Female National Athlete of the Week. She is set to guide the 10th-ranked Knights to their second C-USA Indoor title.

 

 

Conference USA and the SEC are the only two leagues to have captured male and female USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors.

A year ago, Tulsa men pulled off the upset, 139-138, to dethrone five-time champion Houston. The Cougars have won 12 of C-USA's 17 indoor titles but thanks to UTEP's 4x400m men's relay team edging out Houston's foursome in the final event of the 2012 meet, TU won its first indoor crown. The Golden Hurricane became the third program under the current membership to capture the team title. UTEP won the 2006 crown.

Also earning its first indoor title a year ago was East Carolina women's program. The Pirates upset defending champion UCF, 123-113.5. Houston women own a league-best five indoor trophies, while Rice boasts three and one each belongs to East Carolina, Tulane, UCF and UTEP.

Competing for the women's title will be all 12 members of C-USA - East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UCF and UTEP. Marshall, SMU, Tulane, UAB and UCF do not sponsor indoor men's track and field.

Admission prices are as follow; two-day pass $20 for adults and $10 for youth (12-17); single day ticket $15 per day for adults and $6 for youth (12-17). Admission is FREE for children age 11 and under and for students with valid ID cards who attend a C-USA member institution.

2013 C-USA TOP INDIVIDUALS & TIMES
EventMenWomen
60MBryce Robinson, FR, Tulsa | 6.61Octavious Freeman, SO, UCF | 7.19
60M hurdlesIsaac Williams, FR, Houston | 7.81Lutisha Bowen, SR, UCF | 8.22
200MErrol Nolan, SR, Houston | 21.06Aurieyall Scott, JR, UCF | 22.68
400MErrol Nolan, SR, Houston | 46.69Tiffany Harris, SR, East Carolina | 53.95
800MChris O'Hare, SR, Tulsa | 1:48.28Katherine Camp, JR, Tulsa | 2:07.85
MileChris O'Hare, SR, Tulsa | 3:52.98Mary Alenbratt, SR, SMU | 4:43.05
3,000MAnthony Rotich, SO, UTEP | 7:53.43 Rhiannon Johns, SR, UAB | 9:28.58
5,000MAnthony Rotich, SO, UTEP | 13:38.58Rhiannon Johns, SR, UAB | 16:26.52
4x400MHouston | 3:07.60UCF | 3:37.78
DMrTulsa | 9:57.00Tulsa | 11:40.07
High JumpDrew Kanz-O'Shea, JR, East Carolina | 2.16m/7-01.0Tynita Butts, SR, East Carolina | 1.90m/6-02.75
Pole VaultChris Pillow, SO, Rice | 5.30m/17-04.5Merrit Van Meter, SO, Tulane | 4.23m/13-10.5
Long JumpMark Jackson, JR, UTEP | 7.35m/24-01.5Sonnisha Williams, SR, UCF | 6.18m/20-03.5
Triple JumpMark Jackson, JR, UTEP | 15.86m/52-00.5Jasia Richardson, JR, Marshall | 12.92m/42-04.75
Shot PutChase Sammons, SO, Tulsa | 17.55m/57-07.0Helena Perez, JR, SMU | 15.29m/50-02.0
Weight ThrowMontrell Morrow, SR, East Carolina | 19.93m/65-04.75Elizabeth Murphy, SR, SMU | 20.34m/66-08.75
Pentathlon Xenia Rahn, SO, Memphis | 4,191 pts.
HeptathlonClayton Chaney, SR, Rice | 5,600 pts. 

WOMEN'S RETURNING 2012 CHAMPIONS
Women's Events Champion Time/Distance
60M Octavious Freeman, SO, UCF 7.25
200MOctavious Freeman, SO, UCF23.54
400M Afia Charles, JR, UCF 54.17
High Jump Tynita Butts, SR, East Carolina 1.85m/6-0.75"^ | two-time champion, 2011&2012
Long Jump Sonnisha Williams, SR, UCF 6.32m/20-9.0"
Shot Put Helena Perez, JR, SMU 15.20m/49-10.5"
20-lb. WtTh Cyarra Wells, JR, Memphis 19.33m/63-5.0"
Track Athlete of the Year Octavious Freeman, UCF  
Freshman of the Meet Octavious Freeman, UCF  
High Point Scorer of the Meet Octavious Freeman, UCF^-C-USA Meet Record

MEN'S RETURNING 2012 CHAMPIONS
Men's Events Champion Time/Distance
60M Anthony Wright, SR, UTEP 6.74
200M Errol Nolan, SR, Houston 21.01 | two-time champion, 2010&2012
400M Errol Nolan, SR, Houston 46.74^ | two-time champion, 2010&2012
800M Chris O'Hare, SR, Tulsa 1:49.98^ | two-time champion, 2011&2012
Mile Chris O'Hare, SR, Tulsa 4:07.81 | three-time champion, 2010,2011&2012
3000M Paulo Pinheiro, SR, Tulsa 8:11.13
5000M Paulo Pinheiro, SR, Tulsa 14:11.79$
High Jump Darius Lynwood, JR, Memphis 2.17m/7-01.5"
Triple Jump John Horton, SO, Houston 15.12m/49-07.25"
35-lb. WtTh Montrell Morrow, SR, East Carolina 20.63m/67-08.25"
Pole Vault Karlis Pujats, SO, Memphis 5.23m/17-01.75" | two-time champion, 2011&2012
Heptathlon Clayton Chaney, SR, Rice 5,370 points
Track Athlete of the Year Chris O'Hare, Tulsa  
Field Athlete of the Year Clayton Chaney, Rice  
Freshman of the Meet John Horton, Houston  
Performance of the Meet Errol Nolan, Houston^-C-USA Meet Record; $-CrossPlex Record

C-USA IN THE USTFCCCA NATIONAL RANKINGS
NationalMenWomen
 20. Tulsa9. UCF
RegionalMen Women
Mountain6. UTEP12. UTEP
South Central5. Houston 6. SMU
 12. Rice10. Tulane
  11. Houston
Southeast 11. East Carolina8. East Carolina
Midwest10. Tulsa 
South 9. Memphis 4. UCF
  6. Memphis
  12. UAB


C-USA ATHLETES IN THE TOP 50 OF THE TFRRS
Men   Women   
60M36.61Bryce Robinson, FR, Tulsa60MT27.19Octavious Freeman, SO, UCF
 T146.67Leshon Collins, FR, Houston 57.2 Aurieyall Scott, JR, UCF
 T216.69Errol Nolan, SR, Houston T107.32Dominique Booker, JR, UCF
 T406.74Mark Jackson, JR, UTEP T197.37Stephanie Kalu, SO, SMU
 T456.75Justin Sims, SR, Southern Miss T277.39Tania Minkins, JR, East Carolina
     T497.44Tyshonda Hawkins, JR, East Carolina
200M1821.06Errol Nolan, SR, Houston    
    200M122.68Aurieyall Scott, JR, UCF
400M1346.69Errol Nolan, SR, Houston 923.4Octavious Freeman, SO, UCF
 T3547.17Eric Futch, FR, Houston T2523.75Tania Minkins, JR, East Carolina
     3223.83Dominique Booker, JR, UCF
800M901:48.3Chris O'Hare, SR, Tulsa T3523.89Tyshonda Hawkins, JR, East Carolina
        
MILE13:53.0Chris O'Hare, SR, Tulsa400M2553.95Tiffany Harris, SR, East Carolina
 63:57.8Anthony Rotich, SO, UTEP    
    800M4202:07.8Katherine Camp, JR, Tulsa
3,000M127:53.4Anthony Rotich, SO, UTEP    
 488:05.1Paulo Pinheiro, SR, TulsaMILE4404:43.0Mary Alenbratt, SR, SMU
        
5,000M513:38.6Anthony Rotich, SO, UTEP5,000M4316:26.5Rhiannon Johns, SR, UAB
     4616:28.9Elinor Kirk, JR, UAB
60M HurdlesT157.81Isaac Williams, FR, Houston    
 T217.84Joseph Samuels, SR, East Carolina60M Hurdles108.22Lutisha Bowen, SR, UCF
     T178.29Janice Jackson, JR, UTEP
4x400M803:07.6Houston T418.42Sade Mariah Greenidge, SO, Houston
        
DMR4009:57.0Tulsa4x400M2103:37.8UCF
     5003:41.2Houston
High JumpT242.16m/7-01.00Drew Kanz-O'Shea, JR, East Carolina    
 T362.14m/7-00.25Darius Lynwood, JR, MemphisDMR5011:40.1Tulsa
        
Pole VaultT255.30m/17-04.50Chris Pillow, SO, RiceHigh Jump31.90m/6-02.75Tynita Butts, SR, East Carolina
 T335.25m/17-02.75Austin Crenshaw, JR, Memphis    
    Pole VaultT104.23m/13-10.50Merrit Van Meter, SO, Tulane
Long JumpT507.35m/24-01.50Mark Jackson, JR, UTEP T433.98m/13-0.75McKenzie Johnson, FR, Rice

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