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WHAC Results: Houston Tabbed Champion of Character

ANGOLA, Ind. – Staples of Marygrove’s indoor track team, Robert Crockett (Detroit, Mich./King) and Marcell Houston (Detroit, Mich./Mumford) finished Saturday’s (Feb. 22) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships on a high note as they move on to prepare for the outdoor campaign.  The league’s indoor championships were held in Angola, Ind., at Trine University’s Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Athletic and Recreation Center – a venue head coach LaCema Womack and the Mustangs have visited on a few occasions in the past.

The pair of Mustangs entered the one-day championship with assignments in two events each. Crockett was tabbed as the Green & Gold’s representative in the mile and 800m events, while Houston competed in the 600m and 800m.

The double duty would take its toll later in the day as Houston was forced to run back-to-back events in the 600 and 800m. In the 600m event, Houston willed his way to a season-best time of 1:27.61. The time landed Houston in the top 10 of Saturday’s conference pool.

Minutes later, Houston was called to the starting line once more to run in the 800. This time, Houston fell victim to the short turnaround and finished the second portion of the back-to-back events by clocking in at 2:35.14.

Crockett – rested after taking a small break – was able to finish 17th in the 800m event with a time of 2:13.20. The time place Crockett two spots ahead of a spent Houston.

In the mile race, Crockett ended the indoor season with a stellar showing. The junior chimed in at 14th overall after posting his first sub-five minute mile time of the season. At 4:56.33, Crockett set a season-best mark and missed his PR by less than seven seconds.

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Crockett’s time in the 800m would also be just shy of his personal best. Crockett’s top times in both events were set during the 2012-13 indoor campaign.

At the conclusion of the championships, Marcell Houston was tabbed as Marygrove’s representative on the 2013 WHAC Champions of Character Team. Houston was honored, along with a member from each participating institution, for being a sound representative of the NAIA’s Five Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Servant Leadership, and Sportsmanship.

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