HOUSTON -- Houston's Amere Lattin moved into the nation's top 10 in the 60-meter hurdles Saturday while Sebastian Russi picked up a win in the heptathlon to lead UH at the Houston Invitational inside Yeoman Fieldhouse.
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HOW IT HAPPENED
Lattin blazed down the straightaway in a time of 7.80, to improve his season best and move from No. 21 nationally to No. 10 while increasing his season lead in the event in The American. The junior ranks third in Houston history with a PR of 7.74 at the 2017 Tyson Invitational.
Russi claimed the win in the two-day heptathlon with a personal-best 4,987 points, topping his previous high of 4,809 points at last season's American Indoor Championships. The effort moved Russi to sixth on The American's performance list in the event this season.
Russi entered Saturday in first after totaling 2,752 points on Friday and promptly ripped off two personal bests beginning with a time of 9.08 in the 60-meter hurdles. He eclipsed a PR in the pole vault, clearing 14-5.25 (4.40) to pick up 731 points. He closed the day in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:49.03.
Sophomore Samiyah Samuels claimed second in the women's long jump as she extended her lead in The American this season by four inches, finishing with a top attempt of 19-11.50 (6.08). The jump tied Samuels' PR set at last season's American Indoor Championships where she finished second overall.
Senior Tonye'cia Burks also hit a PR in the event, finishing fourth at 19-7.00 (5.97) to climb into second on The American's performance list this season.
Freshman Naomi Taylor, who owns The American's top time in the women's 60-meter hurdles this season, finished second overall and first among all collegiate competitors Saturday with a time of 8.60.
The men's 60-meter dash final saw a pair of Houston freshmen take two of the top three spots as Joe Williams finished second with a time of 6.78 while Nicholas Alexander took third with a PR of 6.80 to move into sixth on The American's performance list for the year.
The women's shot put saw junior Nora Monie claim a top-three finish, taking third in the event with a throw of 47-7.75 (14.52).
Freshman Ben Percefull cleared 15-7.00 (4.75) in the men's pole vault to claim a third-place finish in the event.
Joining the freshmen recording top-three finishes, Hawa Wague took third in the women's high jump, clearing the bar at 5-7.00 (1.70).
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston makes a short trip northwest for the Charlie Thomas Invitational on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. The two-day event kicks off on Feb. 2 with a field that includes Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Houston, Rice, South Plains JC, TCU, Texas Arlington and UTSA.
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