Track & Field Improves Marks In Front of 1,700 Fans

Junior John Horton jumps a collegiate best to win the men's long jump competition.

Feb. 1, 2014

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HOUSTON - The University of Houston Track and Field program wrapped its largest home meet of the season, the Howie Ryan Invitational & Multi's, Saturday evening in the Yeoman Fieldhouse.

More than 1,700 spectators and athletes were in attendance on day two alone.

The men's 4x400-meter relay team ran its fastest time of the season to win the Howie Ryan Invitational with a time of 3:17.94. Freshman Cameron Burrell led off the relay, followed by Xavier Boyd, Jermaine Fyffe and Dominique Charles anchoring.The time is now the third fastest time in the American Athletic Conference.

Junior John Horton had a career day as he jumped a personal best 7.35m (24'-1.50") to win the long jump.

In his first multi-meet, Chris Morales finished in second place in the heptathlon (4,771 points) after finishing day one tied for seventh. Morales ran a 8.72 in the 60m hurdles for a personal best and vaulted 4.45m (14'-7.25") in the pole vault to tie his collegiate best. He ended the competition with a time of 3:00.89 in the 1000m.

Eight of the distance runners improved their personal bests today. In the women's 3000m, Janae Bottoms was the top collegiate finisher in third place with a time of 10:07.53. Taylor Beer (10:18.26) followed in fourth. James Broussard (8:46.13), Gabe Lara (9:16.66) and Zach Stewart (9:21.34) improved their times in the men's 3000m.

Teammates Trevor Walker (4:23.90) and Matthew Parmley (4:36.45) both recorded personal best times in the men's mile run.

In the 60m hurdle finals, Sade Mariah Greenidge shaved off time of her season best with a second place finish (8.43). Issac Williams also improved his season time with a third place finish (7.92).

Long jumper Alicia Perkins makes it into the top three with a leap of 5.79m (19'-0"). Teammate Dominique Brisco recorded a personal best mark of 5.67m (18'-7.25") to place fifth in the competition.

Other field event athletes recorded personal bests in the men's pole vault. Jacob Fifi and Mitchell Schuster cleared 4.47m (14'-8").

In the women's shot put, Samantha Taylor threw a season best of 14.51m (47'-7.25") to take third in the competition.

Houston travels to College Station, Texas, once again for the Texas A&M Invitational slated Feb. 7-8. Following the meet, the Cougars will split the team for the Houston Tune Up meet on Feb. 14 and the Tyson Invitational, hosted by the University of Arkansas, Feb. 14-15.

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