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April 12, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa track & field teams will travel to Norman, Okla., for the John Jacobs Invitational. The Hammer Throw is scheduled to take place April 13, with the remaining events taking place April 14. The throwing events will begin with the Long Jump and Pole Vault at 11 a.m., and the running events will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the 4x100m Relay. The last event is the 4x400m Relay, and it is scheduled to start at 4:45 p.m.

PINHEIRO WINS FIRST CONFERENCE USA WEEKLY HONOR
Senior Paulo Pinheiro was named the Conference USA Outdoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career on April 3. He finished second in the 3,000m run at the 2012 Arkansas Spring Invitational March 31 in Fayetteville, Ark. His time of 8:14.39 was the eighth-fastest mark recorded in the NCAA at that point of the season and shattered the school record by more than five seconds set by Dwight Davis in 2000.

TU COMPETES WELL AT ARKANSAS SPRING INVITATIONAL
Senior Paulo Pinheiro shattered the school record in the 3,000m by more than five seconds. He finished second in the event in 8:14.39, which was the eighth-fastest time in the nation this year. Senior Carl Stones won the 3,000m Steeplechase in 9:07.90, the 22nd-best mark in the NCAA this year. Junior Julian Frazier finished fourth in the 400m dash in 47.14, which was the second-fastest time in school history. For the women, junior Done' Vermaak placed fourth in the seeded 800m run with a mark of 2:11.16. Junior Sarah Macpherson was fourth in the seeded 1,500m run in 4:28.46, and TU's 4x400m relay team was fourth in 3:46.22.

TULSA WINS 4 EVENTS AT SEASON-OPENING TULSA DUELS
The TU men captured three victories, and the women posted one win and three second-place finishes at the season-opening Tulsa Duels. Sophomore Danny Thater won the 800m run with a mark of 1:56.87, while fellow sophomore Brian Tabb captured the 1,500m run title in 3:57.03. Tabb was trailing Oklahoma State's Neal Smith in the final 100 meters, but he was able to outkick the Cowboy and win the race. Tulsa's 4x400m relay team took top honors in 3:16.08. The team consisted of seniors David Fitter and Justin Smith, and juniors Matt Davis and Julian Frazier. Freshman thrower Chase Sammons recorded the third-best discus and shot put in school history. He finished second in the shot with a throw of 15.55m, and his toss of 49.31m in the discus was good for fifth. TU's 4x400m relay team won in 3:48.74. The four members were senior Racquell Powell, juniors Caroline Schuster and Done' Vermaak, and sophomore Audrey Jean-Baptiste. Freshman thrower Hartly Carlisle recorded the third-best discus in school history of 46.90m to finish seventh. She finished sixth in the shot put with a mark of 11.86m, which was the fourth-best throw in school history.

O'HARE WINS TU'S FIRST TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Junior Chris O'Hare led wire-to-wire for eight laps and won the mile national championship at the 2012 Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships March 10 at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. He posted a facility-record mark of 4:01.66 in the finals to become the first track national champion in school history, beating second-place Rich Peters of Boston University by 0.12 seconds. He was also named a USTFCCCA First Team All-American for his efforts. O'Hare pushed the tempo early and was able to outlast his competitors in his wire-to-wire victory, most notably defending champion Miles Batty of BYU who finished third in 4:01.86. The victory also gave Tulsa 10 points towards the overall team standings, which was the most in school history at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The team finished in 18th overall, which was better than Oral Roberts (22nd with nine points), Oklahoma (52nd with three points) and Oklahoma State (61st with one point).

O'HARE EARNS SECOND-STRAIGHT C-USA INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR HONORS
All-American Chris O'Hare was named the Conference USA Male Indoor Track Athlete of the Year for the second-straight season. This is the fourth-straight year that a member of the Golden Hurricane was bestowed the yearly honor. Previous winners were O'Hare (2011), John Beattie (2010) and Mark Davidson (2009). O'Hare won Tulsa's first track national title in the mile at the 2012 NCAA Indoor T&F Championships in Nampa, Idaho. He broke the facility record with a mark of 4:01.66 and was named a first team USTFCCCA All-American for the second-straight year. He also won both the 800 and the mile at the Conference USA Championship, and he has still yet to lose a race at the league meet in his three years. O'Hare owns the school record in three indoor distances: the 800, 1000 and mile.