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Junior Sarah Macpherson will compete in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA West Preliminary.
Junior Sarah Macpherson will compete in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA West Preliminary.
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May 23, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. -The University of Tulsa track and field teams had 10 individuals earn spots in the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary, which will be held May 24-26 in Austin, Texas at Mike A. Meyers Stadium.

The top 48 times in each individual event and top 24 times in relay events were selected from each region to compete. All competitors will be looking to qualify for the 2012 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.

The eight Golden Hurricane men selected were seniors Carl Stones (No. 5 - 3,000m Steeplechase), Paulo Pinheiro (No. 38 - 5,000m), Bill Martin (No. 30 - 1,500m) and Tom Marshall (No. 35 - 1,500m), juniors Chris O'Hare (No. 2 - 1,500m), Julian Frazier (No. 41 - 400m) and Sam Masters (No. 45 - 1,500m), and freshman Chase Sammons(No. 39 - Discus).

The two women selected were juniors Sarah Macpherson (No. 38 - 1,500) and Ashley Scott(No. 39 - 5,000).

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MEN TIE SCHOOL'S C-USA MARK WITH THIRD-PLACE FINISH AT C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP
The Tulsa men's track team placed third at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 11-13 in New Orleans, tying the school record for best finish since the team joined the league in 2005-06. TU edged East Carolina for third by a 127-126 margin. Houston (170.50) and UTEP (132) were the top two finishers. Senior Paulo Pinheiro (5,000, 10,000) and junior Chris O'Hare (800, 1,500) both won two gold medals. Senior Carl Stones won the 3,000m Steeplechase for the second-straight year, and freshman Chase Sammons won the discus. The Tulsa women placed 12th with 23 points. Sophomore Josie Wilcox led the way with her third-place finish in the 10,000. Fellow sophomore Katherine Camp was fifth in the 800, and junior Sarah Macphersonwas fifth in the 1,500.

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.

O'HARE WINS TU'S FIRST TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Junior Chris O'Hareled 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.

TULSA MEN UNSEAT 5-TIME CHAMP HOUSTON TO WIN 1ST C-USA INDOOR TITLE
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.