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Men's Track Finishes Third At C-USA OTF Championship

Freshman Chase Sammons won the gold medal in the discus throw at the 2012 C-USA OTF Championship.
Freshman Chase Sammons won the gold medal in the discus throw at the 2012 C-USA OTF Championship.
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May 13, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS, La. - The University of Tulsa men's track and field team finished third at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium.

This marked the third-straight year TU placed third, which is the highest the Golden Hurricane has ever finished at the league meet.

Houston won the conference championship with 170.50 points, and UTEP was second with 132. Tulsa placed third with 127 points, East Carolina was fourth with 126 points and Memphis rounded out the top five on the men's side with 122 points.

The TU women finished 12th with 23 points, while UCF captured the women's crown with 160 points.

MEN
The men were led by senior Paulo Pinheiro and junior All-American Chris O'Hare. Pinheiro completed a double by winning the 5,000m run in a mark of 14:17.43. His gold medal performance came two days after he won the 10K championship, and he helped the Golden Hurricane collect 29 points in the event.

Pinheiro now has four conference championships this season, as he won the 3K and 5K during the indoor season.

Senior Carl Stones placed second in the 5K with a personal-best time of 14:18.22. Sophomore Dennis Hodapp was fourth (14:29.21), freshman Tim Rackers placed fifth (14:32.53) and senior Mitch Johnson was seventh (14:37.67).

O'Hare became a 10-time conference champion as he won gold in both the 800 (1:49.46) and 1,500 (3:51.27). He has won the 800 each of the last two years, and he is the three-time 1,500 champ. He has still yet to lose a race at the indoor/outdoor league championships in his already historic career.

Tulsa has now won the 1,500 each of the last five years (Mark Davidson 2008, Justin Duncan 2009, O'Hare 2010-12).

TU picked up 24 points in the 1,500, led by O'Hare's 10. Senior Tom Marshall finished second in 3:51.97, fellow senior Bill Martin was fourth in 3:53.44, and freshman Aaron Thornburg was eighth in 3:54.50.

Freshman Chase Sammons became the second TU athlete to win the men's discus championship (Tim Nedow, 2009) as he won the gold medal with a toss of 51.06m (167-06).

Tulsa's 4x400m relay team collected six points for the Golden Hurricane with a third-place effort. The school-record mark of 3:10.69 was recorded by seniors David Fitter and Justin Smith, junior Julian Frazier and sophomore Andrew Jameson.

Smith added eight more points with fifth-place finishes in the 100m (10.76) and 200m (21.57) dashes. Frazier contributed seven extra points with a fifth-place effort in the 400m dash (47.42) and a sixth-place finish in the 200m dash (21.69).

Another critical point came from the 4x100m relay team, which finished eighth in 43.86. The team consisted of Davis, Jameson and freshmen Bryce Cason and Colt Johnson.

WOMEN
TU's two big events were the 800 and 1,500, as the team earned seven points in each. Sophomore Katherine Camp was fifth in the 800 in 2:10.94, and junior Done Vermaak was sixth in 2:11.06.

Junior Sarah Macpherson paced the Golden Hurricane with her fifth-place effort in the 1,500 (4:27.71). Junior Melanie Hughes was seventh in a season-best time of 4:33.33, and sophomore Lauren Collette was eighth in 4:34.38.

Junior Ashley Scott earned a point for Tulsa in the 5,000 with an eighth-place finish in 17:02.27.

TU's 4x400m relay team also secured a point with an eighth-place finish. The team consisted of senior Racquell Powell, Vermaak, Camp and sophomore Audrey Jean-Baptiste.

Tulsa will now head to Austin, Texas, May 24-26 for the NCAA West Preliminary.

2012 CONFERENCE USA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 13, 2012 at New Orleans, La.
(Tad Gormley Stadium)

MEN'S FINAL STANDINGS 1. Houston - 170.50 2. UTEP - 132 3. Tulsa - 127 4. East Carolina - 126 5. Memphis - 122 6. Rice - 73.50 7. Southern Miss - 57 8. Tulane - 11

TULSA MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 100m Dash Finals (4 points for TU) 5. Justin Smith - 10.76 (four points)

200m Dash Finals (7 points for TU) 5. Justin Smith - 21.57 (four points) 6. Julian Frazier - 21.69 (three points)

400m Dash Finals (4 points for TU) 5. Julian Frazier - 47.42 (four points)

800m Run Finals (10 points for TU) 1. Chris O'Hare - 1:49.46 (10 points)

1,500m Run Finals (24 points for TU) 1. Chris O'Hare - 3:51.27 (10 points) 2. Tom Marshall - 3:51.97 (eight points) 4. Bill Martin - 3:53.44 (five points) 8. Aaron Thornburg - 3:54.50 (one point, personal best)

5,000m Run Finals (29 points for TU) 1. Paulo Pinheiro - 14:17.43 (10 points) 2. Carl Stones - 14:18.22 (eight points, personal best) 4. Dennis Hodapp - 14:29.21 (five points) 5. Tim Rackers - 14:32.53 (four points, first time in event) 7. Mitch Johnson - 14:37.67 (two points) 9. Tom Marshall - 14:43.72 12. Bill Martin - 14:49.41 17. Emmett Cookson - 15:08.62 (first time in event) 18. Aaron Thornburg - 15:17.76 (first time in event) 19. Geraint Davies - 15:20.71 22. Adam Johnson - 15:26.01 (personal best)

4x100m Relay (1 point for TU) 8. Tulsa - 43.86 Bryce Cason, Andrew Jameson, Colt Johnson, Matt Davis

4x400m Relay (6 points for TU) 3. Tulsa - 3:10.69 (six points, school record) David Fitter, Justin Smith, Andrew Jameson, Julian Frazier

Discus Throw (10 points for TU) 1. Chase Sammons - 51.06m (167-06) (10 points)

WOMEN'S FINAL STANDINGS 1. UCF - 160 2. East Carolina - 132.16 3. Southern Miss - 81 4. Houston - 74 5. Rice - 60.50 6. SMU - 60 7. UAB - 58 8. Memphis - 55 9. UTEP - 54 10. Tulane - 33.33 11. Marshall - 28 12. Tulsa - 23

TULSA WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 800m Run Finals (7 points for TU) 5. Katherine Camp - 2:10.94 (four points) 6. Done Vermaak - 2:11.06 (three points)

1,500m Run Finals (7 points for TU) 5. Sarah Macpherson - 4:27.71 (four points) 7. Melanie Hughes - 4:33.33 (two points, season best) 8. Lauren Collette - 4:34.38 (one point)

5,000m Run Finals (1 point for TU) 8. Ashley Scott - 17:02.27 (one point) 10. Josie Wilcox - 17:16.24 (personal best) 15. Natasha Cockram - 17:32.11 19. Brandi Krieg - 18:01.04 (personal best) 21. Janessa Dunn - 18:10.90 (first time in event) -- Sarah Macpherson - DNF

4x400m Relay (1 point for TU) 8. Tulsa - 3:47.40 Done Vermaak, Racquell Powell, Katherine Camp, Audrey Jean-Baptiste

Javelin Throw 10. Carolin Imhof - 36.40m (119-05)

Discus Throw -- Hartly Carlisle - Foul