HOUSTON – Sophomore sprinter Elijah Hall broke his own school record in the 200-meter dash, as the Houston Cougar Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams wrapped up competition at the Charlie Thomas Invitational, on Saturday, in College Station, Texas.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Hall shaved two-tenths of a second off of his already program-best time in the 200-meter dash on Saturday. The Katy, Texas, native crossed the line in 20.51 to win the race and clock the second fastest time in the NCAA this season, his second top-2 mark in the nation (6.60; 60-meter dash) this year. Hall’s mark also moves him to No. 3 in the world.
Junior Jacarias Martin joined Hall on the podium, finishing second with a personal best time of 21.23 to move to No. 23 in the NCAA.
Kahmari Montgomery took home Houston’s second victory of the afternoon, when he won the 400-meter dash competition. Montgomery entered with a personal best of 46.83, the fourth fastest time in program history, before improving that to 46.28 on Saturday. Montgomery’s new mark is the third fastest time at Houston and moves him to No. 10 in the NCAA this season.
The Cougars picked up a trio of runner-up finishes in the vertical jumps at the Charlie Thomas Invitational, including sophomore Samiyah Samuels who took silver in the women’s long jump. Samuels used her first attempt to jump a personal best 20-2.25 (6.15m) and move to No. 19 in the nation.
In the men’s long jump, Antwan Dickerson and Jared Kerr finished 2-and-3 in the competition. Dickerson soared to a personal-best leap of 24-7.75 (7.51m) to take the silver and move to 39th in the NCAA, while Kerr garnered bronze after jumping 23-10.25 (7.27m) on his fifth attempt.
Kerr would return to finish as the runner-up in the triple jump competition later in the afternoon. Kerr’s second leap traveled 49-0.25 (14.94m) to give him a new personal best.
Cameron Laverty picked up another top-3 finish for the Cougars, when he took third in the men’s 800-meter run. Laverty crossed the line in 1:50.77 to move into the 800-meter rankings at No. 49 in the NCAA this season.
Houston picked up 27 personal bests on the second day of the Charlie Thomas Invitational, including three in the women’s 3,000-meter run, where Meredith Sorensen led the charge with a ninth place finish in 10:16.63.
In the women’s throws, Mikaila Martin picked up a fourth place finish en route to a big personal record, when her fifth attempt traveled 56-2.0 (17.12m).
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars split up the squad in three separate ways in the final tuneup weekend before The American Athletic Conference Championships. A select number of athletes will compete at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 9 & 10 in Fayetteville, Ark., while a handful of athletes will remain at home to run at the Howie Ryan Invitational inside Yeoman Fieldhouse. Houston’s distance runners will head west for the Husky Classic on Feb. 10, in Seattle.
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