- Inside Athletics
ADRIAN, Mich. -- Robert Crockett (Detroit, Mich./King) and Marcell Houston (Detroit, Mich./Mumford) took to the oval one last time this season Friday (May 2) to compete in the 2014 WHAC Championships hosted by Siena Heights University. Led by third year coach LaCema Womack, the Mustangs ran hard against one of the toughest track conferences in the NAIA.
Houston continued his late season push into form in the 800m at Friday's championships. One of two veterans on the squad, Houston hit his stride to clock in with a time of 2:05.13 – just shy of his season-best time of 2:04.05 set two weeks ago at Grand Valley State University's Al Owens Classic. The 800m event time placed Houston 20th out of 27 participants. Houston, normally a two-event entry for the Mustangs, only participated in the 800m to avoid fatigue due to the back-to-back nature of the championship setup.
Crockett entered a pair of events due to fortunate scheduling between his opening 1,500m event and the latter 800m run. Crockett, a junior, opened the day with a time of 4:34.87 in the 1,500m. The junior later toed the 800m line with Houston and finished 25th in the 27-participant field with a time of 2:10.13. The time placed Crockett an even five seconds behind his longtime teammate.
At the conclusion of the event, Houston was honored as Marygrove's representative on the WHAC Men's Track Champions of Character Team. The nomination was Houston's second of the 2013-14 year (indoor track) to match Crockett's total. Crockett earned a pair of character awards during the 2012-13 season.
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