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5 East Texans compete in Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships

Amber Sellers, Ngozi Onwumere, Cierra Johnson, Brittany Wallace, UH 4x400m Relay Amber Sellers, Ngozi Onwumere, Cierra Johnson, Brittany Wallace, UH 4x400m Relay

BIRMINGHAM, AL (KTRE) – Amber Sellers, former Lufkin Panther track standout, was among the medal winners at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Sellers ran with the University of Houston's 4x400m women's relay team which also included Ngozi Onwumere, Cierra Johnson, and Brittany Wallace.  The team took third with their time of 3:45:19.

Houston freshman Sade-Mariah Greenidge earned the first medal for the women on last Sunday, as she placed third in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.39. DeMeeka Jones, another former Lufkin Panther, and Alicia Perkins who also made it to the finals of the event, took places five and six, respectively.

Megan Frausto returned to take third in the high jump on Sunday after taking gold in pentathlon on Saturday.

Tai'shea Reese of Kilgore added a solid performance for the women, setting a new personal best mark in the 200m dash of 23.88, as she took fourth.

Also on the UH women's team is freshman Samantha Taylor of Corrigan who placed fourth in shot put with a throw of 14.23m.

Houston is coming off an outstanding weekend at the 2012 C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Ala. The Houston men placed second with 132 team points and the Houston women placed an impressive third, scoring 74 points, greatly improving on last season's seventh place finish.

WOMEN: THIRD - 74 pts.
60mH
3 - Sade-Mariah Greendige - 8.39
5 - DeMeeka Jones - 8.46
6 - Alicia Perkins - 8.48

60m
8 - Whitney Harris - 7.55

Mile
800m
4 - Cierra Johnson - 2:10.37

200m
4 - Tai'shea Reese - 23.88
8 - Whitney Harris - 24.38

4x400mR
3 - Houston (Ngozi Onwumere, Cierra Johnson, Amber Sellers and Brittany Wallace) - 3:45.19

Shot Put
4 - Samantha Taylor - 14.23m
10 - Nicole Benton - 13.86m

Triple Jump
8 - Key Richards - 12.01m

High Jump
3 - Frausto - 1.77m

The Cougars have three student-athletes competing this weekend at the Arkansas Last Chance Meet in Fayetteville, Ark.  Among them is Jones of Lufkin entered in the 60m Hurdles, where she currently ranks 32nd with her time of 8.32. Jones ran a season-best time 8.28 at the New Balance Invitational in New York, but the time was removed from the national list due to a rules violation by the meet, according to published reports.

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