Too comfortable Cougars blow 31-point lead
The UH men’s team blew a 31-point lead to fall one point short of their sixth consecutive C-USA indoor title, placing second to Tulsa.
“The atmosphere was just too relaxing, we thought for sure that we were going to win,” junior sprinter Errol Nolan said.
The Golden Hurricane’s rally was solidified in the 3,000-meter run, they took six of the top eight spots for 34 points.
The Cougars were down by three points heading into the final event of the meet, the 4x400m relay. UH took second, claiming eight points, while Tulsa took third adding six points, leaving the Cougars one point short of the title.
“We just had one too many people not running through the line at their races, just needed that little effort,” Nolan said. “We just needed that extra effort in another event.”
Nolan set a new meet record in the 400m dash, as he won gold with a time of 46.74. He also took first in the 200m dash with a time of 21.01. Nolan was awarded Male Athlete of the Meet.
“I am excited to have the meet record and to be named Male Athlete of the Meet, it is just an honor altogether,” Nolan said.
Freshman John Horton took gold in the men’s triple jump. Teammate Isaiah Sweeney won the gold medal in the men’s long jump. Sweeney’s 23 points also earned him High Point Scorer of the Meet.
The women’s team placed third with 74 points falling behind UCF and winner East Carolina.
Megan Frausto captured gold for the Cougars in the women’s pentathlon, winning three of the five events. Karley King also took gold in the women’s pole vault with a mark of 4.06m.