C-USA Claims Gold, Silver and Bronze
June 15, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA closed the 2011-12 track and field season by earning 25 United States Track and Field/Cross country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) First and Second team All-America honors and a gold, silver and bronze medal at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Overall the league has won four national titles and placed seven athletes on the NCAA medal podium over the last two indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
Southern Miss' GANNA DEMYDOVA won a gold medal and First Team All-America honors when she turned in the top performance in the triple jump by recording a school- and NCAA Championship record leap of 14.20 meters (46-7.25) on her first attempt. The 2012 C-USA Outdoor Female Field Athlete of the Year, Demydova captured the Golden Eagles' third national title in track and field in the last two years as teammate TORI BOWIE won the 2011 indoor and outdoor crowns in the long jump. Demydova finishes her career with two All-America distinctions, a national title, a NCAA, conference and school triple jump record and two Conference USA gold medals.
Southern Miss also picked up a silver medal when Bowie finished second in the long jump. A member of the USTFCCCA All-America First Team, Bowie recorded a mark of 6.66m (21-10.25) in her final attempt. The Southern Miss women's team finished in a tie for 12th in the team standings at the championship.
Taking home the bronze medal for C-USA was sophomore high jumper TYNITA BUTTS of East Carolina. The junior and four-time All-America performer posted the program's best individual national finish when she cleared 1.87m (6-1.5) to tie a personal best as well as match the school's outdoor record.
Also making the finals of the NCAA Championships and earning USTFCCCA All-America First Team merits were UCF's senior JACKIE COWARD, sophomore AURIEYALL SCOTT and freshman OCTAVIOUS FREEMAN.
Coward and Freeman capped a successful season for UCF with solid efforts on the final day of the Championships. The pair narrowly missed out on medaling as Coward finished fourth (13.16) in the finals of the 100m hurdles. Freeman, the 2012 C-USA Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, placed fourth (23.25) in the finals of the 200m.
Coward and Freeman also earned All-America First Team honors earlier in the week by advancing to the finals of their respective events. Coward, Freeman and sophomore AURIEYALL SCOTT will represent the Knights at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which starts June 22 in Eugene, Ore.
Freeman and Scott also placed fifth (11.41) and eighth (11.59) in the 100m to earn All-America First Team honors. The All-America honor was the eighth career award for Scott, while Freeman now owns three for the year.
UCF placed 19th as a team and recorded a total of seven All-America honors at the event. The success at the NCAA Championships capped an impressive outdoor campaign for UCF, which included the program's third-straight C-USA Outdoor Championship title.
UTEP freshman ANTHONY ROTICH finished sixth in the men's 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 8:46.01 in his first NCAA Championship. The Kenya native time earned him All-American First Team honors in the event, an event he had only run five times prior to the national meet.
C-USA Champion CARL STONES of Tulsa finished in eighth place as he earned First Team All-America merits with a time of 8:46.67. The senior was the first Tulsa runner to advance to nationals in this event. Stones was also recently named C-USA Outdoor Co-Track Athlete of the Year, along with Houston's ERROL NOLAN of Houston.
Rice distance runner BECKY WADE earned her third All-America accolade for 2011-12 with an eighth-place finish in the 10,000m with a time of 33:13.57. The senior also earned All-America honors in cross country and for the 5,000m at the NCAA Indoor Championship. Houston women's 4x100m relay team ( TAI'SHEA REESE, KIERSTEN BREWER, ALICIA PERKINS and GRECIA BOLTON) captured All-America honors for a third-straight year after finishing sixth with a time of 44.11. Cougar THOMAS LANG earned Second Team All-America status in the men's triple jump with his 12th place finish leap of 15.76m (51-8.5).
USTFCCCA All-America Policy (NCAA Division I)
Those individuals and relays that place between nine and 16 overall (including ties) in an NCAA Track & Field Championship will earn USTFCCCA Second-Team All-America honors. Those who do not meet the criteria above, but participate at least a round of the finals site for an NCAA Championship will be listed as Honorable Mention All-America. If more than one round is contested in an event, prior round results will be used to classify (place) the remainder of the field outside of the finals.
2012 C-USA MEN'S AND WOMEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD ALL-AMERICANS
2012 C-USA MEN'S AND WOMEN'S NCAA RESULTS