Jan. 17, 2014
HOUSTON – The University of Houston track and field program finished with 13 first place finishes and eight personal best performances to wrap up the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational Friday in Yeoman Fieldhouse.
Senior Karley King finished on top once again in the pole vault with a mark of 4.10m (13’-5.25”), tying the third best performance in school history originally set by King. She cleared the height on the first attempt and moved up to attempt 4.21m (13’-9.75”) to beat the school record.
Redshirt freshman Damon Thompson set a personal record of 18.08m (59’-4”) in the men’s weight throw to win the competition. He beat his previous record by more than five feet.
Underclassmen dominated events throughout the day including freshman Morris Olumba who cleared 1.95m (6’-4.75”) in the high jump to take the win and improve his personal best. Thrower Cameron Cornelius took the top mark in the shot put with a 16.51m (54’-2”), his second meet with a top three finish. In the men’s 60-meter dash, freshman William Gibbs took third with a personal best time of seven seconds flat. Freshman distance runner Brian Barraza won the mile race with a time of 4:14.95. Fellow cross country teammate and freshman Chris Ibarra followed Barraza to finish second at 4:15.04.
Two of the women’s freshman class also had top performances today. Thrower A’Nease Linnear recorded personal bests in the weight throw (13.87m (45’-6.25”)) and the shot put (12.83m (42’-1.25”)). Sprinter In her first collegiate 60-meter race, Tori Williams finished on top with a time of 7.70, the third best time of the season by a Cougar.
Pole vaulter Michael Mahnke placed first with a height of 5.05m (16’-6.75”), a season best for the senior. Newcomer Dave Brown competed in the men’s long jump unattached and placed second with a personal best leap of 7.13m (23’-4.75”).
The women’s team had five top finishes including Samantha Taylor who threw a season best 14.23m (46’-8.25”) in the shot put. Justine Price won the weight throw with a mark of 17.09m (56’-1”). In the triple jump, Dominique Brisco recorded the top mark of 12.23m (40’-1.50”).
Other personal bests achieved by the women’s team were freshman Janae Bottoms in the mile run (5:02.27). She was also the top collegian to finish. Selena Sierra also had a personal best in the mile with a time of 5:14.48.