Collins, Stewart Bring Home C-USA Titles
The Mean Green Placed Seven On Podium At C-USA Outdoor Championship
May 18, 2014
HOUSTON - The Mean Green's Clinton Collins and Chastity Stewart had top-performances in the men's 400m and women's 400m hurdles in the final day of competition, at the Conference USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Houston, Texas.
Stewart raced to gold with her time of 58.08, a school record and she now claims the top-three fastest times in program history. The junior also qualified for finals in the 100m hurdles, her time of 14.26 finished eighth.
"Chastity's race was a surprise but she finally put everything together," said head coach Carl Sheffield. "With her performance today I know we can expect even more for her."
Collins held his first-place seed in the 400m finals, his time of 45.76 was a school record and he now holds three of the five fastest times in program history. The Mean Green's Anthony Hamilton qualified fourth; his time of 47.08 improved his preliminary run by half a second.
"I've seen Clinton execute his race, how he did today, at least twice this season and his time finally showed his true performance," said Sheffield.
The Mean Green's Ashley Henry finished eighth on the women's side after recording a time of 55.54. Henry was a two-time finalist at the championships; she placed sixth in the 200m, posting a time of 24.32.
Troy Taylor was the runner-up in the men's 1500m, recording a time of 3:45.70, while Bryce McAndrew finished fifth in 3:48.64. Both surpassed their sixth and seventh place qualifying spots. Taylor lowered his preliminary time by seven seconds and McAndrew set a personal-best by four seconds.
The Mean Green put four men on the podium while the women had three, including Saturday's events, the 3000m steeplechase and long jump.
"We were hoping for a better team performance but having those athletes' step up in such a competitive conference, it was noticeable that we were key contenders in several events," said Sheffield.
Charlotte Wilson broke her own record in 3000msteeplechase at 10:13.10, earning a silver medal for North Texas. On the men's side, Alejandro Valencia set a personal-best of 9:02.56, earning a bronze medal.
Mona Landry finished third in the long jump competition after jumping a distance of 6.15m.
The North Texas men concluded the C-USA championships with 52 point finishing seventh, and the women closed out the competition with 32 points in 12th place.