Cross-Country Squad Hero Of UH Track And Field Season
Saving the UH track and field season from a
bad case of the "blahs", the cross-country squad
proved to be one of the best teams in the nation.
Johnny Morriss' team of cross-country runners
started the season successfully by capturing five
of six triangular and quadrangular meets. The
Cougar harriers lost their first meet at South McGregor Hills to Abilene Christian but came back
to edge ACC in the Texas Invitational.
The regular track season started successfully as
Tony Pickett, one of the two Aussies on the squad,
took first in the 300-yard run at the Will Rogers
Indoor Track Meet and set a new school record of
21.2. Pickett came back in the Houston Invitational at Butler Stadium to win the 440-hurdles
for UH. Doug Mathews proved to be the surprise
of the Cougar-captured meet as he won first in
the javelin throw.
Things slowed down for the Cougars at the
Border Olympics where they had to settle for run-
nerup again and at the Texas Relays in Austin
where UH put on a weak showing. At Austin the
best UH could do was a second in the 440-yard
relay run by the team of Warren McVea, Gary
Friend, Pickett and Mike Simpson.
Simpson starred again in the Mexico City Invitational as he grabbed firsts in the 100 mete!"
and 200 meter springs. UH athletes operating
under the Houston Track Club banner won the
Individual stars Pickett and Dave Cole stood
out during the season and went on to enter the
NCAA championship meet.
Howie Ryan takes the baton, and the lead, from Scott Clark in the distance
medley in the Houston Invitational at Butler Stadium.
FRONT ROW: Charles Parks, Bennett Harvie, Charlie Gilberti, Terry
Sweeney, Howie Ryan, Mike Spratt, Victor Lopez, Ben Rosario, Greg
Weis, Dave Massey. SECOND ROW: J. B. Keys, Bill Ross, Scott Clarke,
Mike Wjlson, Warren McVea, Gary Friend, Doug Mathews, Mike Simp
son, Bob Gardiner, David Roeber. BACK ROW: Graduate Assistant Al
Lawrence, Doug Wilson, David Cole, Johnny Morriss III, Tony Pickett,
Pat Studdert, John Lengers, Rene Hancock, Coach Johnny Morriss.