C-USA Outdoor Track & Field Notebook & Top Times
May 1, 2012
IRVING, Texas -
Conference USA has named Tulsa's CHRIS O'HARE and JACKIE COWARD of UCF as this week's Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week. O'Hare posted the nation's second-best time of 3:37.95 in the men's 1,500 meters at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, while Coward clocked a 13.25 in the women's 100m hurdles at the Championship of America.
C-USA TRACK AND FIELD WEEKLY AWARDS
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
CHRIS O'HARE, TULSA
Junior, Middle-Distance, Edinburgh, Scotland
O'Hare posted the second-fastest collegiate time of 3:37.95 in the 1,500 meters at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. He finished ninth in a field of 36 runners that included Olympians and other elite runners. His time broke his own school record by more than four seconds (3:42.54) and was the second fastest collegiate runner as Lawi Lalang of Arizona finished in 3:36.77.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JACKIE COWARD, UCF
Senior, 100m Hurdles, Knoxville, Tenn.
Coward advanced to the Championship of America finals of the 100 meter hurdles by winning her heat and clocking the second-fastest qualifying time of the day at 13.25 (+2.7). The following day, Coward earned third place in the finals with a time of 13.34. The performance is her third legal time to rank among the NCAA's top 25 this season. She then went on to run anchor for the 4x400 relay, who churned out a season-best time of 3:42.11. That ranks among the top five performances in C-USA this season.
UPDATE: The 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship has been shortened one day and will conclude with the finals on Sunday, May 13. The now three-day event is being hosted by Tulane University at the Tad Gormley Stadium on May 11-13 in New Orleans, La. An all session pass is just $15 for adults and $10 for youth. C-USA students with valid I.D. are admitted free.
2012 OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
March 27 Darius Lynwood, Memphis
April 3 Paulo Pinheiro, Tulsa and Anthony Rotich, UTEP
April 10 Montrell Morrow, East Carolina
April 17 Anythony Wright, UTEP
April 24 Carl Stones, Tulsa
May 1 Chris O'Hare, Tulsa
March 27 Jackie Coward, UCF
April 3 Brittany Copeland, East Carolina
April 10 Octavious Freeman, UCF
April 17 Ganna Demydova, Southern Miss
April 24 Tori Bowie, Southern Miss
May 1 Jackie Coward, UCF