Track and Field Golden Eagles Claim Two Event Titles, Advance Six to Finals

Go C-USA! Rachel Polk
Rachel Polk

May 13, 2012


Robert Collingwood

NEW ORLEANS, La. - In the second day of competition at the 2012 Conference USA Championship, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles claimed two event titles as seniors Tori Bowie and Marcus Norwood, Jr., each won their respective events.

The women's team finished the day in first place with 36 points while the men's team scored 30 points for seventh.

Bowie, who ranked first in the league heading into the championship, took the lead for good on her fourth attempt with a mark of 6.70m (21-11.75). She then followed with school-record and personal-best performance of 6.78m (22-3). Ganna Demydova placed fourth in the event and added five points to the team's total. The win for USM was the first since 2007 when Tanika Liburd won the event.

Norwood won his second consecutive high jump competition with a personal-best jump of 2.17m (7-1.50). Courtland Wells finished sixth with a mark of 1.97m (6-5.50).

Robert Collingwood started the day recording a season-best throw of 17.36m (56-11.50) in placing second in the shot on his second attempt. Richard Collingwood finished with a mark of 15.35m (50-4).

Rachel Polk placed second in the shot with a throw of 15.08m (49-5.75).

Jocelyn Lockhart advanced to the finals in the 1,500 meters after posting a time of 4:39.54.

Randy McCoy and Courtland Wells advanced to the finals of the 110-meter hurdles with times of 14.29 and 14.93, respectively.

Dale Dunn and Julien Bousquet advanced to the finals of the 800 meters, posting times of 1:51.64 and 1:51.22, respectively.

Tori Bowie advanced to the finals of the 100 meters with a time of 11.58 in winning her heat.

Sarah Omotayo recorded a personal-best time of 14.29 in the 100 meter hurdles.

The finals of nine field events are on tap for Sunday as well as 20 running events. The 4x100m relays will set the pace for the elite runners in the league starting at 6 p.m. The Championships awards presentation will close the ceremonies at approximately 9:25 p.m. Fox Sports Network is set to televise Sunday's final events on tape delay.

Women - Team Scores - 6 Events Scored
1) Southern Miss 36
2) SMU 32
3) East Carolina 28
4) Rice 26
4) UCF 26
6) Memphis 23
7) UAB 17
8) UTEP 15
8) Houston 15
10) Marshall 9
11) Tulsa 7

Men - Team Scores - 7 Events Scored 1) Houston 54 2) Rice 43 3) Memphis 41 3) UTEP 41 5) Tulsa 32 6) East Carolina 31 7) Southern Miss 30 8) Tulane 1




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