MANHATTAN, Kan. – The University of Tulsa track and field squads started the 2011 indoor campaign with a successful trip to the Invitational Saturday. The Golden Hurricane claimed six individual titles, with the men and women each winning three.
The women went 2-1 in dual competition with victories over (43-24) and Oklahoma State. The Golden Hurricane fell to host K-State 42-35.
Five points were awarded for any first-place finish, three points were given to anyone finishing second, two points went to all third-place finishers, and one point was awarded to those finishing fourth.
Individually, sophomore Lenora Guion-Firmin started things off for TU with a meet record time of 40.36 in the 300-meter dash. She won the event by 1:23 over Denise Baker of Kansas State.
Senior Paula Whiting and sophomore Lauren Collette finished 1-2 in the 800-meter run. Whiting claimed the title with a time of 2:13.08, and Collette was right behind with a time of 2:13.84.
Senior Jennifer Mace brought home the 600-meter run title with a blazing time of 1:24.55.
Junior Racquell Powell finished second overall in the 400-meter run with a time of 58.75. She was narrowly defeated by Stacy Warrior of Oklahoma Baptist, who won the event with a time of 57.04.
The men also finished 2-1 in the dual competition. TU defeated Oklahoma State 40-15, and the Golden Hurricane toppled 45-24. The Wildcats were able to nip TU 52-32.
Sophomore Julian Frazier and junior Justin Smith were 1-2 in the 300-meter dash. Frazier claimed the honors with a time of 35.16, and Smith was just .04 behind his teammate.
As expected, the Golden Hurricane dominated the 800-meter run and the one-mile run.
Sophomore Chris O’Hare won the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.18. Sophomore Brian Tabb and junior Carl Stones finished third and fourth, respectively. Junior Bill Martin brought home the mile title with a time of 4:12.70.
Sophomore Alex Sementelli placed second in the long jump competition with a distance of 21 feet, 5.25 inches. Sophomore Kolton Taylor claimed third with a jump of 21-02.00.