TULSA -- Julian Frazier was anchoring the 4x400 relay, the final race of the C-USA Indoor Track & Field Championship. TU held a 3 point lead over Houston going into the event.
"We had to either beat them or finish within one place of them to maintain our lead," explains Frazier.
It did not look like it would play out that way. Houston, the heavy favorite in the event, was holding its lead followed by UTEP and East Carolina.
Frazier says, "I knew I could catch up to (ECU) but the Houston and UTEP guys were still a few strides away."
But TU caught their break. Frazier passed the ECU runner to move into 3rd place while UTEP caught Houston on the final turn to steal the event; meaning Tulsa won the meet by 1 point. (TU -139, Houston - 138)
Conference titles are a rarity to Tulsa University men's track & field. In fact the Golden Hurricane had never won one before this past weekend in Birmingham.
Houston had won the last five.
"They had to have an off meet, " said TU head coach Steve Gulley.
"And we had to hit on everything we could hit on with our small amount of kids."
Tulsa only brought 21 of the 28 maximum competitors allowed. It did not keep the Golden Hurricane from winning three individual events and almost sweeping the 3000 meter race (1st through 4th and 6th place.)
Distance runner Chris O'Hare is currently the TU competitor to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet.