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Men's Track Aims For Historic Treble

Senior Paulo Pinheiro won two gold medals at the 2012 C-USA Indoor Championships in February.
Senior Paulo Pinheiro won two gold medals at the 2012 C-USA Indoor Championships in February.
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May 9, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. -The University of Tulsa track and field teams will head to New Orleans, La., May 11-13 for the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium.

The opening day of competition will feature the multi-events, the hammer throw and the 10,000-meter run. The second day will wrap up the multi-event competitions, with field events beginning at 3:45 p.m. and running events starting at 5:30 p.m.

The final day of competition will feature field events beginning at 1:30 p.m. and running events starting at 5 p.m. The Tulsa men finished third at last year's championship with 133 points, and the women placed eighth with 58 points.

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MEN'S TRACK AIMS FOR HISTORIC TREBLE
The men will be looking to complete the hallowed "Treble" or "Triple Crown" - winning all three league championships in the same academic season (cross country, indoor track, outdoor track). Earlier this year, the TU men became just the third program in Conference USA history to win both the cross country and indoor track crowns in the same campaign. They will be looking to join the 2004-05 Houston Cougars and the 2005-06 UTEP Miners as the just the third program in Conference USA history to win all three titles in one scholastic year. All championships began in the 1995-96 season. Tulsa will have its word cut out, as the team must take down Houston one more time. The Cougars have won a combined 20 of the 34 contested track championships (both indoor and outdoor) in C-USA history, and they have also captured the last three outdoor crowns. TU won its first indoor track championship in school history in February after the team unseated five-time champion Houston by a 139-138 margin.

2 POST PR'S AT ARKANSAS TWILIGHT
Senior Justin Smith finished seventh in the 100-meter dash with a personal best time of 10.73. He also posted a time of 21.66 in the 200-meter dash to place 14th. Seniors Tom Marshall (3:46.45) and Paulo Pinheiro (3:46.68) finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 1,500m run. Junior Andrew Heyes was eighth in 3:47.52. Freshman Hartly Carlisle placed fourth in the women's discus with a toss of 46.26m. Junior Done Vermaak was fifth in the 800m (2:12.99), while sophomore Lauren Collette (PR of 4:33.99) and junior Melanie Hughes(4:37.75) were ninth and 11th in the 1,500m.

O'HARE NAMED C-USA OUTDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Junior All-American Chris O'Harewas named the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week May 1. He was honored after he posted the nation's second-fastest collegiate 1,500 mark of 3:37.95 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational April 29 in Palo Alto, Calif. He finished ninth in a field of 36 runners that included Olympians and other elite runners. His time broke his own school record by more than four seconds (3:42.54), and he was the second fastest collegiate runner in the event. His time was also an Olympic `B' Standard.

TULSA WINS THREE EVENTS IN WICHITA
Senior Bill Martin won the 5,000 meters in 14:48.29 at the 2012 Track-It Buster Invtational at Cessna Stadium in Wichita, Kan. Junior James Keilbarth competed in the 3,000m steeplechase for the first time in his career, and he won the event in 9:36.25. Freshman Chase Sammons finished second in both the shot put (15.92m) and the discus (49.93m), and his mark in the shot was second in school history. For the women, freshman Hartly Carlislepicked up an event title after recording a discus throw of 46.37m.

6 COMPETE IN DRAKE RELAYS
Junior Sam Masters finished 14th in the 5K with a mark of 15:10.40 at the 2012 Drake Relays at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Junior Kevin Mayer broke his personal best in the 10K by more than three minutes when he finished 17th in 30:49.09. Senior Mitch Johnson was 10th in the same event in 30:18.97. Freshman Natasha Cockram finished 18th in the women's 5K (17:13.20), while fellow freshman Janessa Dunnwas 21st in the 10K with a mark of 36:47.40.

O'HARE POSTS NATION'S SECOND-BEST 1,500 METERS IN STANFORD
Junior All-American Chris O'Harerecorded the nation's second-fastest 1,500-meter run when he posted a mark of 3:37.95 to finish ninth overall in Palo Alto, Calif. He was competing against other top collegiates and Olympians at Cobb and Angell Field on the campus of Stanford University. The mark set his PR and broke his own school record by more than four seconds. His time was also under the Olympic `B' Standard.

STONES EARNS C-USA WEEKLY HONOR
Senior Carl Stoneswas named the Conference USA Outdoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the second time in his career on April 24. He clocked the ninth-fastest time in the nation in the 3,000m Steeplechase April 20 at the Mt. SAC Relay's. His mark of 8:43.79 landed him a fifth-place finish, breaking his own school record by more than six seconds.

MARTIN PACES GOLDEN HURRICANE AT JOHN MCDONNELL INVITE
Senior Bill Martin paced the Golden Hurricane in Fayetteville, Ark., by capturing the 1,500m title in 3:46.11. Junior Julian Frazier ran the second-fastest 400m dash in school history of 47.12 to finish fourth. Sophomore Emmett Cookson ran the fourth-best 3K steeple in school history to finish sixth in 9:22.22. The best result on the women's side came from junior Sarah Macpherson, who finished second in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:25.86. The mark was the fourth-fastest in school history.

STONES ECLIPSES SCHOOL MARK AT MT. SAC RELAY'S
Senior Carl Stones broke his own school record in the 3,000m steeplechase and recorded the ninth-fastest time in the NCAA. Junior Ashley Scott recorded the fourth-fastest 5K in school history (16:38.91), while sophomore Josie Wilcox posted the fifth-best 10K (35:31.59) and senior Paulo Pinheiroran the fifth-fastest 5K of 14:08.36.

CARLISLE, SAMMONS CLAIM DISCUS TITLES IN KANSAS
Freshmen throwers Chase Sammons and Hartly Carlisleboth won the discus throw events. Sammons recorded a mark of 53.24m, which was the second-best in school history and the second-best in C-USA this year. Carlisle's mark of 46.60m was just shy of her personal-best.

GOLDEN HURRICANE TAKES 4 EVENTS IN NORMAN
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 Vermaakwon the women's 800-meter run in 2:13.06.

PINHEIRO WINS FIRST CONFERENCE USA WEEKLY HONOR
Senior Paulo Pinheirowas 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 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 Macphersonwas 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 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 Carlislerecorded 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.

TU MEN PLACE THIRD, WOMEN EIGHTH AT C-USA OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The University of Tulsa men finished third and the women took eighth at the 2011 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Rice. The men were in second place heading into the final event, but UTEP narrowly surpassed the Golden Hurricane, who took third with 133 points. Houston won the men's competition with 175 points, and UTEP placed second with 139 points. Juniors Chris O'Hare won gold medals in both the 800 and the 1,500, and he set a meet record in the 1,500 (3:42.81). Justin Duncan placed second in both events, and sophomore Brian Tabb was third in the 800. Senior Carl Stones won the 3,000m Steeplechase, and junior Geraint Davies and senior Mitch Johnson went 2-3 in the 5,000. Senior Paulo Pinheiro and Davies went 2-3 in the 10,000. Junior Alex Sementelli placed third in the decathlon with a school-record 6,686 points. Paula Whiting took gold both the 1,500 and the 5,000 as the women took eighth with 58 points.