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Next Up For Track: C-USA Championships

Senior Tom Marshall is looking to defend his crown in the 3,000m run at this year's C-USA Championship.
Senior Tom Marshall is looking to defend his crown in the 3,000m run at this year's C-USA Championship.
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Feb. 23, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. -The University of Tulsa track and field teams will compete at the Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championships Feb. 25-26 at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Ala. UAB is hosting the event for the first time. Both the Tulsa men and women finished second at last year's championship in Houston.

The TU men return 14 athletes who scored (top 8 individual finish) at last year's championship and accounted for 94 of Tulsa's 107 points.

The leader for the Golden Hurricane is junior All-American Chris O'Hare. He enters this year as the two-time defending champ in the mile, and he also won the 800 last year. Senior Tom Marshall is the defending 3,000m champion, TU's Distance Medley Relay team won the 2010 and 2011 titles, and the 4x400m relay team was second last year.

Other scorers include senior Carl Stones (2nd, 5,000m/3rd, 3,000m), last year's C-USA Freshman of the Meet Dennis Hodapp (3rd, 5,000m/6th, 3,000m), sophomore Brian Tabb (4th, 800m), junior Alex Sementelli (5th, heptathlon), senior Bill Martin (6th, mile), senior Mitch Johnson (6th, 5,000m), senior Paulo Pinheiro (7th, mile/8th, 3,000m), junior Geraint Davies (7th, 3,000m/7th, 5,000m), and sophomore Danny Thater(8th, mile).

TU scored 107 points last year, and the defending team champion is Houston.

The Tulsa women feature nine athletes who accounted for 40 of TU's 76 points at last year's championship. Those are junior Melanie Hughes (4th, mile), junior Jaclyn Rollins (5th, 5,000m/7th, 3,000m), sophomore Josie Wilcox (6th, 5,000m/8th, 3,000m), sophomore Lauren Collette (5th, 800m), junior Sarah Macpherson (5th, mile), junior Carolin Imhof (7th, pentathlon), and senior Racquell Powell(8th, 400m). The two relay teams finished second (Distance Medley) and third (4x400m).

The TU women finished second with 76 points, and the defending champion is UCF.

Junior Andrew Heyes (3,000m, 8:00.29) and the men's 4x400m Relay team (3:14.83) both posted the second-fastest times in school history at the Tyson Invitational Feb. 10-11. Junior Done Vermaak (2:09.25) recorded the fourth-fastest 800m in school history, and freshman Natasha Cockram (9:47.63) ran the fifth-fastest 3,000m in school history). Junior Ashley Scott finished second in the 3,000m run (9:59.70) and sophomore Lauren Collette placed third in the 800m (2:12.91). Junior Erin Huddlestonran a personal-best mark of 4:59.71 to finish third in the mile.

Junior All-American Chris O'Harecompeted at the 105th Millrose Games Feb. 11. He finished sixth overall and third among collegians in the prestigious Wanamaker Mile with an NCAA qualifying mark of 3:56.63 at the New Balance Track & Field Center in New York, N.Y. The race was shown live on the videoboard inside the Reynolds Center after the conclusion of the TU men's basketball team's 72-48 victory over Houston. Miles Batty of BYU was the top collegian, and he set the NCAA record for the mile with a time of 3:54.54. Matthew Centrowitz won the race with a time of 3:53.92. O'Hare qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships that will be held March 9-10 in Boise, Idaho. He finished second in the mile at the NCAA Championship last season.

The University of Tulsa track and field teams will compete at the Meyo Invitational Feb. 3-4 in Notre Dame, Ind. Junior All-American Chris O'Hare won the 1,000m with a school, meet and track record time of 2:20.99. The time was also the third-fastest mark in the NCAA. Junior Julian Frazier finished third in the 400m dash. His mark of 47.36 was third fastest in school history and 31st in the NCAA. Junior Andrew Heyes finished fourth in the Meyo Mile with a time of 4:02.08, which was 24th in the nation. Junior Sam Masters was sixth in the 3,000m Ryan Shay 3K with a mark of 8:06.53. His time was third best in school history and 38th in the nation. Senior Justin Smith ran a time of 21.75 in the 200m dash to finish fifth, which was the third-fastest in school history. Freshman Chase Sammons broke his own school record in the weight throw with a toss of 50-07.08. For the women, junior Done Vermaakfinished fifth in the 800m run with a mark of 2:10.00. Her time was fourth best in school history and 42nd in the nation.

Junior All-American Chris O'Harewas named the Conference USA Indoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week on Feb. 7. He won the 1,000-meters at the Meyo Invitational with a school, meet and track record time of 2:20.99. The mark was the third-fastest time in the nation. O'Hare has won three of four indoor races he's competed in this year.

Julian Frazier was named the Conference USA Indoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 24. The junior won the 400 meters and finished sixth in the 200 meters at the Iowa State Open Jan. 20-21. He posted personal bests in both events. He ran a time of 47.60 in the 400, which was 15th in the nation and third-best in school history at the time. His mark of 21.88 in the 200 was just .02 seconds away from cracking Tulsa's all-time top five list. Frazier is the first TU sprinter and just the second non-distance runner to earn a weekly indoor Conference USA award (TU joined the league in the 2005-06 season).