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Clif Mitchell is one of Tulsa's top performers in the 800-meter run.
Clif Mitchell is one of Tulsa's top performers in the 800-meter run.
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May 5, 2005

Tulsa, Okla. - University of Tulsa track and field athletes Clif Mitchell, a junior from Edmond, Okla., and Mathew Musengezi, a sophomore from Harare, Zimbabwe, have registered two of the top-four times in the Western Athletic Conference this outdoor season and are hoping to provide a dangerous 1-2 punch for the Golden Hurricane in the 800-meters at the WAC Championships.

Musengezi, who currently has the second best time in the WAC, began his Tulsa career this winter. His first career victory came at the indoor JD Martin Invitational, Feb. 5, with a time of 2:34.52 in the 1,000-meter run. Musengezi won his second race for the Golden Hurricane, his first outdoors, as he finished with a time of 1:54.00 in the 800-meter at the Tulsa Duels.

In the outdoor season, Musengezi has placed among the top-four in four meets in which he has competed in the 800-meters. At the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., April 15, Musengezi ran a time of 1:49.96, to qualify him for the NCAA regional championships in Norman, Okla., with the third best time in school history. The 1:54.00 set a new meet record for the Tulsa Duels. Musengezi has turned in two second places finishes as well, the Michael Johnson Classic and the Ole Miss Invitational.

Clif Mitchell hasn't let Musengezi have all the 800-meter glory. Mitchell has consistently run in the 1:52.00-range. Mitchell turned in a first place finish at the Missouri Relays. At the Michael Johnson Classic, Mitchell finished one place behind Musengezi in third place, running his best time of the season, a 1:51.39, the fourth best time in the WAC.

Mitchell and Musengezi will participate in the preliminaries of the 800-meters on Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. Finals for the event are slated for Saturday at 8 p.m.

The University of Tulsa will host of the 2005 WAC Championships, May 11-14, at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. On the first two days, Wednesday and Thursday, only the decathlon and heptathlon will take place. The decathlon will begin at 4:30 p.m. on May 11 and at 4:00 p.m. on May 12, while the heptathlon begins at 5:15 p.m. on May 11 and 5:00 p.m. on May 12. There is no admission charge for the events on the first two days.

Field events will begin on Friday, May 13, at 2:00 p.m., while the running events start times are scheduled for 5:00 p.m. On the final day of competition, Saturday, May 14, field events begin at 1:30 p.m. and the running events begin at 6:30 p.m. The championships will end Saturday night with the running of the 10,000 meters. Admission for Friday and Saturday is $6.00 for adults, $2.00 for senior citizens, students and youth, all session passes can be purchased for $10.00

For Interviews: Student-athletes and track coaches are available for interviews. Contact Celya McCullah at 918-631-3720 (office) or 918-864-1705 (cell) to schedule interviews. For Credentials: Contact Celya McCullah at 918-631-3720 (office) or 918-864-1705 (cell). Go to tulsahurricane.com for information and daily results.