Jan. 18, 2013
HOUSTON- The University of Houston track and field team kicked off its home meet schedule with the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational at Yeoman Field House inside the Athletics/Alumni Center on Friday. Freshman Isaac Williams tied the school record in the men's 60m hurdles with a time of 7.81.
The Cougars swept the men's and women's weight throw. Senior Rick Fenton threw 18.31m (60' 1") for the third best time in program history. Fenton now holds the top-three marks on the all-time list. For the women, junior Emily Nnokwam had a throw of 17.13m (56' 2.5"). Teammate Nicole Benton finished with a personal best of 16.75m (54' 11.5") to place third overall.
Three Cougars placed in the top-10 in the women's shot put. Sophomore Samatha Taylor joined Fenton as a gold medalist with a 14.30m (46' 11") throw, while Benton (12.57m; 41' 3") and junior Cassie Wiley(10.89m; 35' 8.75") placed fourth and 10th respectively.
In the long jump, Houston posted three personal best. Freshman Sean Spiehler improved with a length of 6.98m (22' 11"). For the women, junior Ngozi Onwumere finished fifth overall with a jump of 5.70m (18' 8.5"). Redshirt freshman Angelica Thompsonfollowed in 10th with a 5.29m (17' 4.25") leap. Onwumere also placed second in the women's 200m (25.03).
Freshman Joseph Beck finished second overall after posting a personal best (5.00m; 16' 4.75") in the men's pole vault. He was followed by twin brothers, Jacob (4.20m; 13' 9.25") and Zachary Fifi(4.00m; 13' 1.5"), who placed sixth and seventh overall.
In her first race for the Cougars, the Budapest, Hungary native, Anasztazia Nguyen took home a fourth-place finish in the women's 60m with a time of 7.67. On the men's side, freshman Leshon Collins ran the second fastest time (6.67) in program history to place second overall. Collins finished .02 behind Stanford Routt's2004 school record.
Freshman Eric Futch is no stranger to winning the gold. The Darby, Pa. native, and Penn Wood High product, topped the men's 400m with a time of 47.92. For the women, sophomore Sade-Mariah Greenidgecrossed the finish line at the 8.44 mark to place second overall in the 60m hurdles.
Despite coming in second, freshman Isaac Williams tied the men's 60m-hurdles when he clocked a personal best of 7.81. Williams holds the record with track and field alumni Andrew Carruthers and Darius Pemberton.
The Cougars will host their annual Carl Lewis High School Invitational on Saturday. They will then close out the home meet slate with a two-day event -- Howie Ryan Invitational and Multi's -- on Jan. 25-26.
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13. Sam Dufford(4:47.72)
Men's 60-meter Hurdles
2. Isaac Williams (7.81)* **
6. Leon Bullock(8.40)
Men's 60-meter Dash
2. Leshon Collins(6.67)
Men's 800-meter Dash
12. Eric Alexander(2:00.48)
Men's Shot Put
11. Kevin Johnson(11.53m; 37' 10")
Women's Pole Vault
9. Sage Hintnaus(3.40m; 11' 1.75")
23. Briana Faustino (5:58.10)
Women's 60-meter Hurdles
2. Sade-Mariah Greenidge(8.44)
Women's Shot Put
1. Samatha Taylor (14.30m; 46' 11")
4. Nicole Benton (12.57m; 41' 3")
10. Cassie Wiley (10.89m; 35' 8.75")
11. Emily Nnokwam (10.84m; 35' 6.75")
12. Angelica Thompson(10.80m; 35' 5.25")
* Indoor Personal Best
** School Record