Jan. 12, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The University of Houston track and field teams resumed their 2012-13 indoor slate at the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational with the women finishing third with 57 points and the men taking fifth place with 56.50 points on Saturday at the Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium. The Cougars posted 24 top-10 finishes, including 13 in the top five.
Senior sprinter Brittany Wallace highlighted the afternoon topping the 400m with a personal best of 54.33. Wallace's performance is the second fastest time in program history and third in the nation. Junior sprinter Ngozi Onwumere was sixth in the race with a personal best of 56.66.
In her first meet for the Cougars, junior jumper Cassie Wiley took second in the high jump with a leap of 1.70m (5' 7"), followed by teammate Khalysia Mayo clearing the bar for a personal best (1.70m; 5` 7") to take third. Freshman Maureen Redmond also set a personal best, taking ninth with a 1.65m (5' 5") jump.
After qualifying for the finals earlier in the day, sophomore Kiersten Brewer took third overall with a personal best of 7.53. Brewer also took home an 11th-place (24.52) finish in the 200m.
On the men's side, Rick Fenton's third-place throw of 18.37m (60' 3.25") in the weight throw was the second best in school history, just behind his school record of 18.68m (61' 3.5").
Freshman sprinter Leshon Collins continued to improve in the men's 60m. Collins finished sixth in the event with a personal best of 6.75. Sophomore Mark Fernando shaved off two seconds off his time in the 800m. Fernando finished in third with a time of 1:54.56.
The Cougars' 4x400 relay teams were two of the top five performances. The men's team comprised of Xavier Boyd, Kelvin Furlough, Eric Futch and Errol Nolan placed second (3:09.83) with the fifth fastest time in program history, while the women (N. Onwumere, M. Young, K. Hardnett, B. Wallace) crossed the line at the 3:45.83 mark for third.
Houston will host the annual Leonard Hilton Invitational at Yeoman Field House on Friday, followed by the Carl Lewis High School Invitational on Saturday.
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3. Kiersten Brewer (7.53)*
Women's Shot Put
15. Samatha Taylor (11.94m // 39' 2.25")
11. Kiersten Brewer (24.52)
7. S. Sierra, K. Ducommun, A. Vick, M. Munoz (12:49.25)
Women's 4x400 Relay
3. N. Onwumere, M. Young, K. Hardnett, B. Wallace (3:45.83)
Men's (5th place, 56.50 pts.)
3. Isaac Williams (8.09)
Men's High Jump
T4. Sean Spiehler (2.01m // 6' 7")
6. Leshon Collins (6.75)*
Men's Weight Throw
3. Rick Fenton (18.37m // 60' 3.25")
1. Yonas Tesfai (8:29.15)
15. James Broussard (9:04.68)
7. J. Calloway, A. Coleman, K. Shirley, T. Walker (10:35.09)
Men's Pole Vault
T5. Joseph Beck (4.95m // 16' 2.75")
Men's 4x400 Relay
2. X. Boyd, K. Furlough, E. Futch, E. Nolan (3:09.83)
12. D. Charles, G. Hughey, J. Hofbauer, C. Mayes (3:20.88)
* Indoor Personal Best