Track and Field Concludes Texas A&M Invitational
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.
PERFORMANCE LIST Men's Pole Vault
Women's 60m Hurdles
Men's Weight Throw
Women's Pole Vault
Women's Long Jump
14. Yasiris Gonzalez(2:23.02)*
Women's 4x400 Relay
Men's 4x400 Relays