May 14, 2014
Championship Central (C-USA)
HOUSTON, Texas - Coming off personal-best performances, long jumpers Mona Landry and Clinton Clarke and high jumper Elisha Peters will lead the Mean Green’s contingent of field athletes into the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week in Houston.
The meet begins Thursday, and the field events get under way on Friday.
“Mona broke out with a huge personal-record in the sand at the TCU invite, leaping to 6.04 meters, 19-feet 9-inches,” said assistant coach Derek Mackel. “Following that performance, she was ranked second in C-USA standings. At the Longhorn Invitational, she posted a season-best of 11.88 in the 100 meter. With rested legs and an eager exuberance to get out of the blocks, we should see special things from this Houston girl.”
In the long jump, Clarke surpassed his personal-best of 7.22m by 39cm coming back to earth at 7.61m 24’11”. This performance jumps him to fourth on the C-USA ranking lists.
“Clinton blasted through his lifetime best at the UTEP Invite,” said Mackel.
Peters will enter the conference championship third after a solid spring performance, setting a personal-best three times this season.
“Elisha had a stellar performance at the John Jacobs invite producing a new life-time best of 1.78m 5’10 in the high jump,” said Mackel. “She has solidified herself as a true contender and one of the best freshmen in the west.”
The Mean Green will begin the field events with the women’s hammer throw, Friday on. Ngozi Nweke is enters the weekend ranked 12th, followed by teammates Tori Clark, Deja McKnight and Kandace Rose.
“All four of our girls, Ngozi, Tori, Deja, and Kandace have trained hard all year to put themselves in position to breakthrough at this meet,” said volunteer coach Brendon Kelso. “They will have a chance to score unexpected points for our women's team. We are confident entering this meet and primed for a great weekend.”
In the women's shot put, McKnight enters the weekend ranked eighth, Clark is 10th, and Rose 14th.
In the men's javelin, Tom Kalisky is ranked No.4 the conference and 35th in the NCAA West Region with a throw of 210 feet or 64.02 meters.
“Deja McKnight and Tom Kalisky have been consistent performers for us all year and we are expecting big things from them, as well as the rest of our throwers,” said Kelso. “Tom Kalisky has a great opportunity to win a medal and score big points for our men's team.”