May 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS -
After day one and four complete events, UTEP men and Rice women lead the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
UTEP scored 17 points in the men's 10,000m and eight points in the hammer throw to give the Miners a Day 1 best 25 points at a very wet the Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. Lighting delayed events for 30-minutes earlier in the day but it didn't stop defending champion Elkana Rotich of UTEP in taking silver medalist honors in the 10,000m with a time of 30:50.99. Freshman Elphas Maiyo (31:00.54) and junior Solomon Gardea (31:07.63) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Rookie Demetris Elia also tallied eight points with a second-place toss of 59.67m/195-9" in the hammer.
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Tulsa junior Paulo Pinheiro picked up his first conference 10,000m title with a gold-medal performance of 30:40.79. He was assisted by sophomore Kevin Mayer (31:26.29) and junior Sam Masters (31:26.3) to give the Golden Hurricane 15 points on the day.
In third-place is Memphis. The Tigers took fourth through sixth in the men's hammer and eighth place in the 10,000. Sophomore William Hubber tossed a mark of 52.32m/171-8" for five points, followed by junior Andrew Miller's throw of 50.55m/165-10 and sophomore Tom Willcox heave of 50.45m/165-6". In the distance race, freshman Dan Kuhman took eighth in 31:35.91.
On the women's side, Rice tops the 12-team field with 19 points, followed by East Carolina with 12 and SMU with 11.
Junior Sharae Robinson scored first for the Owls as she placed fifth in the hammer with a mark of 49.65m/162-11". Winning the 10,000m and knotting 10 points was junior distance specialist Becky Wade. She blew away the field of 16 runners with a time of 34:54.57. Teammate Allison Pye crossed in 36:09.67 for fourth-place honors.
Junior Kim Kanala collected East Carolina's first gold medal of the championships as she won the hammer throw with a heave of 53.55m/175-8". Also scoring a point for the 2012 C-USA Indoor Champion were juniors Ashley Clasen in the hammer (45.82m/150-4") and Tara Wilson in the 10,000 (37:03.25).
SMU got on the scoreboard with 11 points with two top eight finishers in the hammer throw. Senior Ayla Gill achieved a silver medal mark of 53.50m/175-6" while sophomore Helena Perez placed sixth with a toss of 46.98m/154-2".
After four complete heptathlon events, Houston sophomore Megan Frausto leads the 12-person field with 3,212 points. Frausto won the high jump with a clearance of 1.76m/5-9.25". She also placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the shot put (10.89m/35-8.75") and 200m (25.72). The final three events, long jump, javelin and 800m, will take place Saturday morning.
With half of the 10-event decathlon completed, Rice's Clayton Chaney boasts 3,894 points. The junior won the 100m (11.04), long jump (7.15m) and 400m (50.34). He also placed second in the shot put (12.47m) and high jump (1.95m). He has the 110m hurdles and 1500m running events remaining as well as the discus, pole vault and javelin throws.
The decathlon and heptathlon kick things off at 11 a.m. CT Saturday morning followed by five field event finals at 5 p.m. and prelims of the running events at 6 p.m. The steeplechase finals will take place at 8:55 p.m. for the men and 9:15 p.m. for the women.
Live video streaming of the championships will be available on Saturday on all 12 member institutions' All-Access players as well as the C-USA All-Access player beginning at 5 p.m. CT. A subscription is required to view the C-USA Live Streaming on Saturday. Fox Sports Network is set to televise Sunday's final events on tape delay.
Fans can purchase an all-session ticket for $20 for adult and $10 for youth (12-17 year olds) that is good for all three days of the championship. Single day tickets are $15 for adult and $6 for youth (12-17 year olds). Admission is free for children age 11 and under, and for students with valid ID cards who attend a C-USA member institution.
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2012 C-USA OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tad Gormley Stadium / New Orleans, La.
FRIDAY, MAY 11
1. Montrell Morrow, East Carolina 60.55m/198-08"
2. Demetris Elia, UTEP 59.67m/195-09
3. Suyi Georgewill, Southern Miss 57.25m/187-10
1. Paulo Pinheiro, Tulsa 30:40.79
2. Elkana Rotich, UTEP 30:50.99
3. Gabe Cuadra, Rice 30:55.89
1. Kim Kanala, East Carolina 53.55m/175-08
2. Ayla Gill, SMU 53.50m/175-06
3. Britta Jaarats, Memphis 50.93m/167-01
1. Becky Wade, Rice 34:54.57
2. Kathya Garcia, UTEP 35:25.52
3. Josie Wilcox , Tulsa 35:43.06
2012 MEN'S TEAM OUTDOOR STANDINGS (after four events)
1. UTEP 25
2. Tulsa 15
3. Memphis 13
4. East Carolina 10
5. Southern Miss 9
6. Rice 6
7. Houston 0
8. Tulane 0
2012 WOMEN'S TEAM OUTDOOR STANDINGS (after four events)
1. Rice 19
2. East Carolina 12
3. SMU 11
4. UTEP 10
5. Southern Miss 9
6. Memphis 8
7. Tulsa 6
8. UAB 3
9. UCF 0
10. Houston 0
11. Tulane 0
12. Marshall 0
2012 C-USA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SATURDAY, MAY 12
11:00 AM Decathlon - Day 2
11:00 AM Heptathlon - Day 2
5:00 PM Long Jump - Men Final
5:00 PM Shot Put - Men Final
7:00 PM Shot Put - Women Final
7:30 PM Long Jump - Women Final
7:30 PM High Jump - Men Final
6:00 PM 1500 - Men Prelims
6:15 PM 1500 - Women Prelims
6:30 PM 110 Hurdles - Men Prelims
6:45 PM 100 Hurdles - Women Prelims
6:55 PM 400 - Men Prelims
7:05 PM 400 - Women Prelims
7:15 PM 100 - Men Prelims
7:25 PM 100 - Women Prelims
7:35 PM 800 - Men Prelims
7:45 PM 800 - Women Prelims
8:00 PM 400 Hurdles - Men Prelims
8:15 PM 400 Hurdles - Women Prelims
8:30 PM 200 - Men Prelims
8:40 PM 200 - Women Prelims
8:55 PM 3000 Steeple - Men Final
9:15 PM 3000 Steeple - Women Final
SUNDAY, MAY 13 (FSN)
11:00 AM Javelin - Men Final
1:00 PM Javelin - Women Final
3:00 PM Pole Vault - Men Final
3:00 PM Discus - Men Final
4:00 PM Triple Jump - Women Final
5:00 PM Discus - Women Final
6:00 PM Pole Vault - Women Final
6:30 PM Triple Jump - Men Final
6:30 PM High Jump - Women Final
6:00 PM 4 x 100 Relay - Men Final
6:05 PM 4 x 100 Relay - Women Final
6:15 PM 1500 - Men Final
6:25 PM 1500 - Women Final
6:35 PM 110 Hurdles - Men Final
6:45 PM 100 Hurdles - Women Final
6:55 PM 400 - Men Final
7:00 PM 400 - Women Final
7:10 PM 100 - Men Final
7:15 PM 100 - Women Final
7:25 PM 800 - Men Final
7:30 PM 800 - Women Final
7:40 PM 400 Hurdles - Men Final
7:50 PM 400 Hurdles - Women Final
8:00 PM 200 - Men Final
8:05 PM 200 - Women Final
8:10 PM 5,000 - Men Final
8:35 PM 5,000 - Women Final
9:00 PM 4 x 400 Relay - Men Final
9:10 PM 4 x 400 Relay - Women Final
9:25 PM Awards Ceremony