Lighting up the
photo by Abelardo Gil
1992 Track & Field Outdoor Results
(Event: Name, Place, Time/distance, Meet)
100 meters: Sam Jefferson 8th 10.24 Run-Tex, 200 meters:
Sam Jefferson 5th 20.86 SWC Championships, 400 meters:
Shedrick Traylor 1st 1:52.47 UCLA 1,500 meters: Shedrick
Traylor 5th 3:51.91 SWC Championships, Mile: Monico
Rivas 3rd 4:19.65 Rice, Two Mile: Chad McLaughlin 4th
9:15.56 Rice, 3,000 meter Steeplechase: Dan Mallon 3rd
9:20.80 Rice 5,000 meters: Patrik Juhlin 3rd 14:45.15 SWC
Championships, 10,000meters: Monico Rivas30:46.6Texas
Relays, 110 Meter Hurdles: Stephen Adegbite 4th 14.31
SWC Championships, 400 meter Relay: Clarke, Ferguson,
Jefferson, & Ransom 6th 40.20 Texas Relays, 1,600 meter
Relay: Ferguson, Clarke, McKinney, & Ransom Preliminaries 3:10.26 Texas Relays, High Jump: Jon Vines 2nd 71 /2"
SWC Championships, Long Jump: Jermaine Johnson 1st
24' 41/4" UCLA /Triple Jump: Jermaine Johnson 3rd 51' 9"
Houston, Shot Put Matt Daake 9th 51' 11 3/4" SWC
Championships, Discus: Mike Ventura 3rd 164' 7' Rice,
Javelin: Charles Langston 3rd 202 '8" SWC Championships,
Decathlon: Joey Green 8th 6095points SWC Champion-
(Event: Name, Place, Time/distance, Meet)
100 meters Michele Collins 1 st 11.26 SWC Championships,
200 meters Michele Collins 1st 22.8 SWC Championships,
meters Kim McCallister 2nd 2:11.50 UCLA, 1,500 meters
Jennifer Standefer 3rd 4:41.50 TSU, 3,000 meters Karla
Garcia 4th 10:19.80 Houston, 100 meter Hurdles Dawn
Finn 1st 59.66 UCLA, 400 Meter Relay Burrell, Johnson,
Crockett & Collins 2nd 44.62,1,600 Meter Relay Johnson,
Collins, Crockett & Long 1st 3:32.62 Texas Relays, High
Jump Dawn Case 7th 5' 10 3/4" Texas Relays, Long Jump
Michele Smith 1 st 20' 51 /4" Carl Lewis Relays, Triple Jump
Starlie Graves 3rd 42' 4 3/4" Perm Relays, Shot Put Kim
Montgomery 2nd 42' 31/4" Houston, Discus Kim Montgomery 1 st 143'Houston, Javelin Ceci Gonzales 2nd 125'6"
I ohn Brown takes a leap from his football duties to
find a place on the track team. Photo by Abelardo Gil.
IVlatt Daake makes some noise in the discus. Daake
has thrown a Nebraska state record in the shot put
with a distance of 61' 1". Photo by Abelardo Gil.
iL ractice makes perfect as these two hurdlers,
Stephen Adegbite and Thomas McGaughey, work
in perfect harmony. Photo by Abelardo Gil.
to the front of track and field
drk Baptiste, Carl Lewis, Joe deLoach,
Leroy Burrell — all top sprinters in the
nation, all from UH. Soon to be added to
this list is Sam Jefferson.
Sam Jefferson grew up in a small
town near Waco and lettered in football,
basketball, and track. Last year, the freshman runner immediately set the SWC sprint
world on fire. There were a few setbacks
though, like in last year's Penn Relays where
a photo finish in the 100 meters made Sam
return the prize
awarded to him when
the pictures apparently showed him
Jefferson quips "I did
not know if I won or
not, really". However, he knows how
to bounce back from
be in better position to make the 1996 team
for the 96' Olympics in Atlanta.
Carl Lewis has boon helping
Jefferson improve, saying "He's the best
sprinter in the SWC, and as long as he
works on his starts he'll do well."
He also has the help of Coach lorn
Tellez. "We ha ve an advantage with Tellez,"
said Jefferson. "The man is the best in the
business and that's why I'm here. Carl has
helped me a lot, I really try to listen to him
as much as I can.
While concentrating on only the 100
last year, Jefferson
added the 200 meters
in his arsenal this year
and had his best time
in the SWC meet
placing 5th with a
time of 20.80 seconds.
photo by Thomas Nguyen
adversity as he has won several races since
despite slow starts.
This year, Jefferson did well in the
indoor season, coming in second at the
SWC indoor championships in the 100m,
but only by 1/100th of a second, and he
took the 55m with a 6.27 time. The sophomore has won the 100m in the Houston
Triangular, and the Penn Relays to avenge
his defeat last year, and in the SWC.
Jefferson felt pressure since the SWC
track and field championships were held
two weeks earlier than usual, due to Olympic Trials. He took the championship in the
100m with a time of 10.26 seconds, his best
college time. This gave Jefferson a place in
the NCAA outdoor Track Championship.
With the impressive time, Jefferson
was also invited to try for a spot with the US
Olympic Team, but with such stars as Carl
Lewis and Leroy Burrel, it might be a long
shot for '92, but many feel that Jefferson will
Like many athletes, Jefferson made
sure he got involved in the community. He
was active in his church and in volunteer
programs such as the YMCA. "I try to get
involved with the youth especially those in
the inner city". He wanted to be able to
spread and relate his experiences and how
he achieved success so far. On the day of
this interview, Jefferson was scheduled to
speak at Yates High School.
Jefferson looked forward to the UT
Invitational where he will run against Carl
Lewis. A few more meets later and then its
off to the Olympic Track and Field Trials in
New Orleans, Jefferson sounded enthusiastic about the trials and he hoped to surprise a lot of people <mu\ get his toot in the
door for'96. Indeed, do not be surprised if
you find Sam Jefferson's name among the
many track stars and Olympic Champions
that the UH track team has produced. -John
Mi j ares
Track & Field