Feb. 28, 2009
Sophomore Ugo Nduaguba captured the triple jump title and the Owls scored in all but one event while finishing third at the 2009 Conference USA Indoor Championships held at the Yeoman Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Houston on Saturday.
The Owls finished with 104. 5 points on the day, trailing Houston (147.5) and UTEP (113) in the team race.
"We had some good efforts and scored in all but one event, but we also did not have enough in the medal hunt to make up for some of the challenges that came our way over these two days," Owls' head coach Jon Warren said. "The way Houston performed, they were probably out of reach this weekend. UTEP had a very good meet, and with the things that happened to us, we could not hold them off," he noted.
Nduaguba captured the gold medal with a provisional vault of 15.44/50-08.00 to give the Owls their second individual champion of the meet. Chris Kato took home the pole vault gold on Friday.
The Owls were hit by injuries and illness that kept potential challengers for conference titles on the sidelines in several events, and then saw Jason Colwick, the nation's top pole vaulter, fail to clear a bar in the pole vault. But Warren sees the makings of an exciting outdoor campaign in the results from the indoor meet.
"Ugo winning the triple jump was evidence of his potential. Our freshmen (Clayton Chaney, Colin Shurbert, Dan Sloat) all competed well in their first conference meet. Our distance runners did well. I thought Simon Bucknell had a solid meet. The great thing about our sport is that I can stand here now and not say `wait until next year', but can shift our focus to the outdoor meet in two months," Warren stated.