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Feb. 21, 2013

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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane track and field team will take its talents to Birmingham, Ala. to take part in the 2013 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championship on February 23-24. 

Quick Sprints: 

Senior Chris O'Hare broke the indoor collegiate mile record at the 106th Millrose Games with a time of 3:52.98.

O'Hare also set a school record the weekend prior at the Tyson Invitational, where he finished second in the 800-meter invitational with a time of 1:48.28.

O'Hare is the only athlete to have a top-ten time nationally in the 800-meter dash and the mile, as the senior holds the nation's top time in the mile, and the ninth-best time in the 800-meter.

Freshman Bryce Robinson now holds the school record in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, and his time of 6.61 in the 60-meter dash ranks third in the nation.

Sarah Macpherson set a school record in the 1,000-meters clocking in at 2:50.74 to win the event at the Meyo Invitational. 

The Tulsa men's distance group enjoyed a stellar cross country campaign in the fall  of 2012 as the team finished seventh at the NCAA Championships and won its third straight league title. 

Last Time Out (February 16, 2013):

106th Millrose Games

Tulsa senior Chris O'Hare shattered the indoor collegiate mile record at the 106th Millrose Games clocking a time of 3:52.98 in the Wanamaker Mile Saturday night at The Armory.

O'Hare's time of 3:52.98 obliterated the time of 3:54.54 set last year at the Millrose Games by BYU's Miles Batty. O'Hare's mark also is the second fastest time by a British athlete, and shattered his old personal best of 3:56.48, which also happened to be the school record.

Sooner Invitational

In its final tuneup before the Conference USA Track and Field Championship next weekend, a handful of members of the Tulsa track and field squad competed at the Sooner Invitational at the Mosier Indoor Facility.

Freshman John Teeters claimed second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.77, which ranks second in program history only behind teammate Bryce Robinson.

Fellow freshman Jake McDonnell won the mile clocking in at 4:18.16.

On the women's side, Melanie Hughes captured the mile crown with a time of 4:53.36, while Lauren Collette earned a second-place showing in the 800-meter run in 2:15.75.

A Year Ago (February 25-26, 2012):

  The University of Tulsa men's track and field team won the 2012 Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championship Sunday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

The Golden Hurricane unseated the five-time champion Houston Cougars 139-138 to win the first league crown in school history. UH had claimed eight of the last nine C-USA Indoor Championships.

Tulsa trailed the Cougars by 30 points through 15 of 17 events. The Golden Hurricane leapt into the lead with a near-flawless 3,000, earning 34 points in the event and taking the lead over Houston at 133-130.

Then came the final event - the 4x400m relay. Houston led the race through three legs, while Tulsa sat in fourth place.

UTEP's relay team was able to pass the Cougar anchor on the final lap, and TU junior Julian Frazier passed East Carolina's anchor in the final 50 meters to secure third place. UH earned eight points in the event and Frazier's effort gave the Golden Hurricane the six points needed to win the league title outright by a mere point.

Frazier finished second in the 400 (47.80) and third in the 200 (21.74). Senior Justin Smith also finished the 200 in a time of 21.74, and he earned five points for TU with his fourth-place finish.

Junior All-American Chris O'Hare continued his impressive undefeated streak at the conference meet. He took top honors in the 800 meters with a meet, facility and school record of 1:49.98. This was the second-straight year O'Hare won the 800.

Tulsa earned 24 points in the mile, highlighted by O'Hare's top finish of 4:07.81. He has now earned gold in the event the last three years. Junior Andrew Heyes was second in 4:09.78 and senior Tom Marshall was fourth with a time of 4:13.61.

In a meet where every point was crucial, freshman Tim Rackers finished eighth in 4:16.68 to give the Golden Hurricane an extra point in the mile.

The 3,000 proved to be the turning point for TU. Senior Paulo Pinheiro paced a wave of Golden Hurricane that had all top four finishers and six of the top seven spots. Tulsa earned 34 points in the event, and Pinheiro earned his second gold medal of the championship after winning the 5,000 Saturday.

Pinheiro's winning mark of 8:11.13 was both a meet and personal record.

Heyes finished second in 8:12.93, junior Sam Masters was third in 8:13.20 and senior Carl Stones had a PR mark of 8:15.44 to finish fourth. Senior Bill Martin was sixth in 8:19.72 and junior Geraint Davies placed seventh in 8:20.19.

Juniors Kolton Taylor and Alex Sementelli combined for eight points in the heptathlon. Taylor finished fourth with 4,599 points, which was the third most in school history. Sementelli placed sixth with 4,486 points.

Freshman Chase Sammons didn't factor into the team score, but his toss of 15.63m in the shot put broke his school record.

The TU women finished 10th with 30 points. The team was led by junior Done Vermaak, who recorded eight points with her second-place finish in the 800 (2:09.60).

Junior Erin Huddleston placed sixth in the mile with a mark of 4:57.53. The time was the fifth-fastest in school history. Freshman Emily Dunn placed eighth and earned one point for TU with a mark of 4:58.56.

Freshman Natasha Cockram placed fifth in the 3,000 with the fourth-fastest time in school history of 9:42.29. Senior Racquell Powell placed seventh in the 400m dash in 56.43 to give TU two points.

TU's 4x400m relay team placed fifth in 3:45.48. The team consisted of Powell, junior Caroline Schuster and sophomores Katherine Camp and Audrey Jean-Baptiste.

O'Hare Named USTFCCCA National Athlete Of The Week And Conference USA Athlete Of The Week

Tulsa senior Chris O'Hare was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Men's National Athlete of the Week and Conference USA Indoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week, the organizations announced on February 19. 

O'Hare shattered the collegiate mile record at the 106th Millrose Games clocking a time of 3:52.98 in the prestigious Wanamaker Mile against some of the worlds top athletes.

O'Hare's time of 3:52.98 obliterated the time of 3:54.54 set last year at the Millrose Games by BYU's Miles Batty. O'Hare's mark also is the second fastest time by a British athlete, and shattered his old personal best of 3:56.48, which also happened to be the school record.

This marked the second time in as many weeks O'Hare broke one of his school records, as last weekend he broke his record in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:48.28 at the Tyson Invitational. That time ranks ninth nationally, and O'Hare is the only runner in the country to have a top-10 national time in the 800 and mile.