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May 9, 2013


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Out Of The Blocks:

The Tulsa track and field teams will travel to Houston, Texas, to take part in the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 9-12 at Holloway Field on the campus of Rice University. 



Last Time Out (April 27, 2013):


The Tulsa track and field squad claimed five victories at the Arkansas Invitational on Saturday, April 27, at John McDonnell Field.

On the men’s side, the Golden Hurricane had the top-three finishers in the 1500-meter race, as freshman Adam Palamar won the event in 3:50.87. Sophomore Danny Thater was second in 3:52.34, while junior Brian Tabb was third in 3:53.71.

            Sophomore Chase Sammons won two events, as he claimed a triumph in the discus with a heave of 169 feet, 10 inches. Hours later, he came back and won the shot put with a heave of 57 feet, 2.25 inches. Sammons has now won six titles this season.

Freshman John Teeters was victorious in the 100-meter dash crossing the line in 10.54.

Junior Andrew Heyes won the 3,000-meter race in 8:24.10, which marks the sixth-fastest time in school history.

The 4x400 relay squad of Matt Davis, Julian Frazier, Andrew Jameson and Isaac Sanders finished second in 3:13.41.

 On the women’s side, junior Katherine Camp was crowned the 800-meter champion crossing the line in 2:08.47.

Senior Sarah Macpherson claimed second in the 1500-meter race with a time of 4:26.74, while fellow senior Melanie Hughes was fifth in 4:37.28.

Senior Caroline Schuster was sixth in the 400-meter dash in 55.29, while junior Audrey Jean-Baptiste claimed eight-place in 55.85.

A Year Ago (March 12, 2012):

The University of Tulsa men’s track and field team finished third at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium.

This marked the third-straight year TU placed third, which is the highest the Golden Hurricane has ever finished at the league meet.

Houston won the conference championship with 170.50 points, and UTEP was second with 132. Tulsa placed third with 127 points, East Carolina was fourth with 126 points and Memphis rounded out the top five on the men’s side with 122 points.

The TU women finished 12th with 23 points, while UCF captured the women’s crown with 160 points.



The men were led by senior Paulo Pinheiro and junior All-American Chris O’Hare. Pinheiro completed a double by winning the 5,000m run in a mark of 14:17.43. His gold medal performance came two days after he won the 10K championship, and he helped the Golden Hurricane collect 29 points in the event.

Pinheiro now has four conference championships this season, as he won the 3K and 5K during the indoor season.

Senior Carl Stones placed second in the 5K with a personal-best time of 14:18.22. Sophomore Dennis Hodapp was fourth (14:29.21), freshman Tim Rackers placed fifth (14:32.53) and senior Mitch Johnson was seventh (14:37.67).

O’Hare became a 10-time conference champion as he won gold in both the 800 (1:49.46) and 1,500 (3:51.27). He has won the 800 each of the last two years, and he is the three-time 1,500 champ. He has still yet to lose a race at the indoor/outdoor league championships in his already historic career.

Tulsa has now won the 1,500 each of the last five years (Mark Davidson 2008, Justin Duncan 2009, O’Hare 2010-12).

TU picked up 24 points in the 1,500, led by O’Hare’s 10. Senior Tom Marshall finished second in 3:51.97, fellow senior Bill Martin was fourth in 3:53.44, and freshman Aaron Thornburg was eighth in 3:54.50.

Freshman Chase Sammons became the second TU athlete to win the men’s discus championship (Tim Nedow, 2009) as he won the gold medal with a toss of 51.06m (167-06).

Tulsa’s 4x400m relay team collected six points for the Golden Hurricane with a third-place effort. The school-record mark of 3:10.69 was recorded by seniors David Fitter and Justin Smith, junior Julian Frazier and sophomore Andrew Jameson.

Smith added eight more points with fifth-place finishes in the 100m (10.76) and 200m (21.57) dashes. Frazier contributed seven extra points with a fifth-place effort in the 400m dash (47.42) and a sixth-place finish in the 200m dash (21.69).

Another critical point came from the 4x100m relay team, which finished eighth in 43.86. The team consisted of Davis, Jameson and freshmen Bryce Cason and Colt Johnson.

Stones won the gold medal for the second-straight year in the 3,000m Steeplechase.His mark of 8:53.39 broke the meet record and scored 10 points for the men. Sophomore Emmett Cookson added another point for the Golden Hurricane with an eighth-place finish in the same event. His mark of 9:20.70 was the fourth best in school history. Junior James Keilbarth placed ninth in 9:26.22, and junior Kevin Mayer was 14th in 9:48.31. Both marks were personal bests.

Junior Alex Sementelli collected four points for TU with his fifth-place finish in the decathlon. He totaled 6,206 points in the event. His top events of the day were the 110m hurdles and the discus. He finished fourth in both and earned 747 points in the hurdles. He finished fifth in the javelin with a personal-best mark of 48.93m (160-06).

Senior Paulo Pinheiro picked up 10 points in the 10,000m run after he won the gold medal in 30:40.79. Juniors Kevin Mayer (31:26.29) and Sam Masters (31:26.35) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, to add five more points for the Golden Hurricane. Mayer scored at a conference track championship for the first time in his career.


TU’s two big events were the 800 and 1,500, as the team earned seven points in each. Sophomore Katherine Camp was fifth in the 800 in 2:10.94, and junior Done Vermaak was sixth in 2:11.06.

Junior Sarah Macpherson paced the Golden Hurricane with her fifth-place effort in the 1,500 (4:27.71). Junior Melanie Hughes was seventh in a season-best time of 4:33.33, and sophomore Lauren Collette was eighth in 4:34.38.

Junior Ashley Scott earned a point for Tulsa in the 5,000 with an eighth-place finish in 17:02.27.

TU’s 4x400m relay team also secured a point with an eighth-place finish. The team consisted of senior Racquell Powell, Vermaak, Camp and sophomore Audrey Jean-Baptiste.

Junior Carolin Imhof finished eighth in the heptathlon with 4,797 points.

Her best event was the javelin, where she recorded a second-place mark of 37.64m. She earned 688 points in the 800m run after finishing 10th in 2:30.42