Track and Field Wraps Up Day One of Howie Ryan Invitational and Multi's

Senior Emily Nnokwam threw a personal best in the women's weight throw

Jan. 25, 2013

HOUSTON– The University of Houston track and field team competed in day one of the Howie Ryan Invitational and Multi’s at Yeoman Field House on Friday.

In her first time competing in the pentathlon for the Cougars, junior Cassie Wiley walked away with a fourth-place finish (3441 pts.). The Wellington, Kan. native, tied for first in the high jump with a mark of 1.69m (5-6.5) and placed second in the shot put with a personal best of 12.22m (40-1.25). Wiley also racked up three other top-10 performances.

Senior Emily Nnokwam threw a personal best of 17.56m (57-7.5) in the women’s weight throw to place third overall. Nnokwam passed her previous mark by 0.01m.

In the men’s weight throw, Rick Fenton took home a fifth-place finish with a mark of 17.67m (57-11.75). Fenton now holds four of the top-five marks on the all-time list.

The Cougars will return to Yeoman Field House for day two of the Howie Ryan Invitational and Multi’s on Saturday. The meet will being at 9 a.m. with the men’s and women’s shot put and conclude with the men’s 4x400 relay at 5:15 p.m.

Live results from the meet can be followed here.

Fans wishing to buy tickets to the event must enter through the front doors of the Athletics/Alumni Center. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for youth between 3-18. Spectator seating is limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Ryan was a three-time letterwinner for the Cougars from 1965-1967 and helped lead the Cougars to Top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships during each of those seasons.

In 1966, he was an NCAA All-American and later pursued excellence as he qualified for the 1972 Olympic Trials in the 3000m run and in the steeplechase.



Following his competitive career, Howie began his coaching career at the high school level in 1970 before returning to his alma mater in 1976 where he was a coach for the Cougars for an impressive 26 seasons.After a coaching career that spanned decades and included the mentoring of numerous champions, he retired in 2002.

Howie passed away on June 3, 2008, at the age of 65.

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