Universities excel in spring sports

While so much sports focus is on the Rockets’ run in the playoffs, the Astros’ hot start to the season and the upcoming NFL draft, area universities have been quietly stacking up accomplishments in spring sports.

On “the Hill,” the Prairie View A&M University men captured their second consecutive conference golf championship at the Oak Wing Country Club in Alexandria, La.  PVAMU placed a total of four golfers in the top 10 on their way to claiming back-to-back titles for the first time in decades. Panther Laurence Crea was named the conference Low Medalist, shooting two over par against a highly competitive field.   

For Panther head coach Kevin Jennings it’s his second title in three years on the job.

A strong start was the key to PVAMU’s win. The Panthers’first-round team score of 299 gave them a seven-stroke lead over Alabama State and a 10-stroke lead over Texas Southern University.  

The Panthers added five strokes to their final round with a 301 to seal the deal. Alabama State fired a 291 in the final round, but with the strong start PVAMU was able to hold off the Hornets and defend their conference title. 

Crea was named to the All-Conference first team while Panther teammates Jordan Stagg, Zane Brooks and Lorenzo Elbert were named second team All-Conference.

While PVAMU was grabbing the men’s title, the Texas Southern University women were finishing second in the SWAC conference championship. The Lady Tigers turned in a two-day total of 654. 

TSU’s Amber Kuykendall turned in rounds of 78 and 82 to lead the Lady Tigers, finishing with a 16-over par 160, good for sixth place in the individual standings. Her round of 78 on the first day of competition was the low score for the Lady Tigers in the event. Alabama State won the championship with a combined score of 605.

The University of Houston Cougars continue to outdo themselves on the track. Competing at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, Calif., the Cougar Men’s 4×100-meter relay team finished second in the invitational event with a time of 39.17. Travis CollinsMario BurkeTerence Ware, and John Lewis III combined for the fastest collegiate time in the event.

Burke continued to have a good day on the track, finishing fourth in the men’s 100-meter dash, posting the best collegiate finish of the day at 10.33. Obi Igbokwe finished the 400-meter dash in fourth-place, with the fastest collegiate time of the day at 45.91. 

In the 400-meter hurdles, Amere Lattin took top honors in his section, and second-overall in the event. The senior concluded the race with a time of 49.98.  

In the field events, Felipe Valencia took home top honors in the shotput invitational with a throw of 60-6.75 (18.46m).The men’s 4×400-meter relay squad closed out the meet for the Cougars on a high note, finishing in second place with a time of 3:05.05. The squad combined for the fifth fastest time in Cougar history