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University of Houston Honors Leonard Hilton with Invitational Meet

January 16, 2014

The first Texan and Cougar to break the 4-minute Mile barrier; 1972 Olympian at 5000 meters

From Your Houston News

HOUSTON – The University of Houston Track & Field program returns to the Yeoman Fieldhouse for the second indoor home meet of the season as they host the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational Friday afternoon.

Student-Athletes from Houston and Southern University will face off in the collegiate meet action. Competitors from various club teams will also be in attendance.

The one-day meet will begin at noon with the men and women’s weight throw followed by the pole vault at 1:00pm. The long jump will start at 1:30pm immediately followed by the triple jump. The running events begin at 3:00pm and continue throughout the day on a rolling schedule.

Leonard Hilton is the only UH runner and first Texan to break the 4-minute barrier in the Mile and attained the feat 32 times. After completing his running career at Houston, Hilton ran for the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team in Munich, Germany. He qualified for the team with a third-place finish in the 5000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials. During his running career, Hilton was the 1973 U.S. Mile champion (3:55.9, his personal record). On July 4, 2000, he passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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