Track and Field Concludes Texas A&M Invitational

    Sophomore Yonas Tesfai ran the fourth fastest time in UH history in the men's mile
    Sophomore Yonas Tesfai ran the fourth fastest time in UH history in the men's mile
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    Feb. 9, 2013


    COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The University of Houston track and field team concluded its third and final trip to Aggieland this season on Saturday as it competed in the Texas A&M Invitational at the Gilliam Indoor Track and Field Stadium inside the McFerrian Athletic Center. Nineteen Cougars tallied personal best in their respective events.

    Junior Emily Nnokwam threw a personal best of 18.55m (60-10.5) in the women's weight throw to place second overall. With her throw, Nnokwam holds the second farthest in program history. Fellow thrower, Nicole Bentonplaced eighth with a personal best of 16.97m (55-8.25).

    In the mile, five student-athletes recorded personal best. On the women's side, sophomore Taylor Beer erased 26 seconds of her previous personal record to place 10th overall with a time of 5:09.17. Teammates, Selena Sierra (5:19.96) and Starla Garcia (5:23.76), also set personal best coming in 13th and 15th respectively. For the Cougar men, sophomore Yonas Tesfai ran a 4:07.04 to place second overall, while Drevan Anderson-Kaapa finished in 4:18.94 followed by Trevor Walker at 4:30.13. Tesfai's time puts him as the fourth fastest time in school history. The last time a student-athlete cracked into the top-five of the men's mile all-time list was Sesar Figueroain 2005.



    The Cougars also saw numerous personal best in the men's and women's 800m. Mark Fernando recorded a time of 1:52.71 to placed fifth overall, while teammate, Jamahl Calloway, ran a 1:59.48. For the women, sophomores Alexis Vick clocked in at 2:20.25 and Yasiris Gonzalezcrossed the finish line at the 2:23.02 mark.

    In the women's 200m, junior Ngozi Onwumere placed sixth with a personal best of 24.06. Onwumere also anchored the women's 4x400 relay team, helping them take second overall with a time of 3:41.74. Freshman, Kelli Hardnett, ran a personal best of 24.86 to place 16th.

    Sophomore John Cantu recorded a personal best of 9:12.60 in the men's 3K, while junior Cassie Wileyjumped a personal best of 5.27m (17-3.5) to take home an eighth-place finish in the women's long jump.

    In the women's 60m hurdles, sophomore Alicia Perkins took home a third-place finish with a time of 8.47, while Leon Bullock and Jordan Hofbauerplaced in the top-5 on the men's side. Bullock placed second with a time of 8.17 and Hofbauer clocked in a time of 8.60 to take home fourth.

    Senior Rick Fenton added another notable finish for the Cougars as he placed second overall in the men's weight throw with a mark of 18.05m (59-2.75). Fenton now holds the top-five spots on the Cougars all-time list.

    The Cougars will take a week off in preparation for the Conference USA Championships on Feb. 23-24 in Birmingham, Ala.

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    PERFORMANCE LIST Men's Pole Vault
    7. Michael Mahnke(4.63m; 15-2.25)

    Women's 60m Hurdles
    3. Alicia Perkins(8.47)

    Men's 60m Hurdles
    2. Leon Bullock (8.17)
    4. Jordan Hofbauer(8.60)

    Women's 60m
    7. Grecia Bolton(7.70)

    Men's Long Jump
    6. Simon Stewart (6.71m; 22-0.25)
    7. John Horton(6.67m; 21-10.75)

    Women's Mile
    10. Taylor Beer (5:09.17)*
    13. Selena Sierra (5:19.96)*
    15. Starla Garcia(5:23.76)*

    Men's Mile
    2. Yonas Tesfai (4:07.04)*
    11. Drevan Anderson-Kaapa (4:18.94)*
    18. Trevor Walker(4:30.13)

    Men's Weight Throw
    2. Rick Fenton (18.05m; 59-2.75)

    Women's Pole Vault
    8. Sage Hintnaus(3.39m; 11-1.5)

    Women's Weight Throw
    2. Emily Nnokwam (18.55m; 60-10.5)*
    8. Nicole Benton (16.97m; 55-8.25)*
    13. Justine Price(14.13m; 46-4.25)

    Men's Shot Put
    10. Kevin Johnson (10.66m; 34-11.75)
    11. Sean Spiehler(9.82m; 32-2.75)

    Women's 400m
    13. Amber Sellers(58.22)

    Men's 400m
    9. Xavier Boyd(48.60)

    Women's Long Jump
    8. Cassie Wiley(5.27m; 17-3.5)*

    Women's 800m
    11. Alexis Vick(2:20.25)*

    14. Yasiris Gonzalez(2:23.02)*

    Men's 800m
    5. Mark Fernando (1:52.71)*
    19. Jamahl Calloway (1:59.48)*
    21. Kenny Shirley(2:03.39)

    Women's 200m
    6. Ngozi Onwumere (24.06)*
    14. Grecia Bolton (24.80)
    16. Kelli Harnett (24.86)*

    Men's 200m
    14. James Arnett(22.43)

    Men's 3000m
    11. James Broussard (8.54.77)
    12. Nathan Pineda (8:59.70)
    13. John Cantu(9:12.60)*

    Women's 4x400 Relay
    2. Wallace, Young, Hardnett, Onwumere (3:41.74)
    8. Greenidge, Redmond, Sellers, Whitmire (3:51.74)

    Men's 4x400 Relays
    5. Charles, Fyffe, Hughey, Futch (3:15.73)

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