Jan. 11, 2014
HOUSTON - Sophomore Leshon Collins had a stellar performance that led to several broken records to kick of the 2014 indoor season during the Houston Indoor Opener Saturday.
Collins competed in the men's 60-meter dash open against other top competitors. The crowd was in awe when the sophomore won the event with a time of 6.60 seconds. His time crushed the meet record, the University of Houston school record and his own personal record of 6.67 set last year. During the prelims, Collins set the tone with a 6.65 time.
Senior pole vaulter Karley King broke the meet record for the second time this season with a 4.00m (13'-1.50") vault to win the women's pole vault competition.
John Horton jumped a 7.25m (23'-9.50") in the men's long jump to place first in the competition and set a collegiate personal record.
Three freshmen also led the Cougars with top marks in their respective events. Cameron Burrell took first in the men's 60m with a collegiate best time of 6.67. In her first meet as a Cougar, Bria Carter the gold in the women's 60m (7.60). Tori Williams also led the 200-meter dash crossing the finish line at 24.86 seconds.
Other top performers on the men's team were William Gibbs and Issac Williams. The two placed in the top three in the men's 60m hurdles beating the meet record. Gibbs placed second and set a personal record with a 7.94 and Williams finished closely behind with 7.95 in third.
Freshman Cameron Cornelius placed third in the men's shot put with a 17.61m (59'-9.50"), his first collegiate personal best and ranks in the top 20 of the nation.
Junior Justine Price threw another personal best in the women's weight throw. Her mark of 17.63m (57'-10.25") tied top athlete Talore Kelly (Texas State) and broke the meet record.
Sade Mariah Greenidge placed second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.60 in the finals. She recorded a season best of 8.48 during the prelims. Teammate Dominique Brisco followed in third at 8.61 in the finals. She ran an 8.60 during the semis to mark a personal best.
Finally, newcomers Mandy Nolan and Rae Ellison both set collegiate personal bests in their respective events. Nolan followed in her big brother's footsteps winning the 400m Section B with an indoor personal best 58.61. She finished sixth overall. Ellison took third in the 60m with a personal best time of 7.73.
Houston Track and Field returns to Yeoman Fieldhouse for the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational on Friday, Jan. 17.