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April 18, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa track & field teams will split for two meets this upcoming weekend. The Golden Hurricane will compete in the Mt. SAC Relays April 19-21 in Walnut, Calif., while other members of the team will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the John McDonnell Invitational April 21.

Tulsa won four event titles and recorded 17 top-3 finishes at the John Jacobs Invitational April 14 in Norman, Okla. Junior All-American Chris O'Hare won the 800 meters in 1:53.98, while junior Sam Masters won the 3,000m run in 8:58.16 and junior Alex Sementelli won the javelin with a personal-best toss of 47.89m. Junior Done Vermaak won the women's 800-meter run in 2:13.06

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.

Senior Paulo Pinheiro shattered the school record in the 3,000m by more than five seconds at the Arkansas Spring Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., March 31. 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.

The TU men captured three victories, and the women posted one win and three second-place finishes at the season-opening Tulsa Duels March 17 at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. 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.

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).

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.

The University of Tulsa men's track and field team won the 2012 Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championship Feb. 26 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. The Golden Hurricane men also became the first team since UTEP in 2005-06 to win the C-USA cross country and indoor track championships in the same season. 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. Seven different members of the Golden Hurricane scored in doubles figures, with 20 points each being earned by senior Paulo Pinheiro, junior Chris O'Hare and Frazier. Junior Andrew Heyes earned 16 points. Seniors Carl Stones and Justin Smith, along with junior Sam Masters all earned 11 points. 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 Natasha Cockram placed fifth in the 3,000 with the fourth-fastest time in school history of 9:42.29.