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)
7. Grecia Bolton(7.70)
Men's Weight Throw
2. Rick Fenton (18.05m; 59-2.75)
Women's Pole Vault
8. Sage Hintnaus(3.39m; 11-1.5)
13. Amber Sellers(58.22)
9. Xavier Boyd(48.60)
Women's Long Jump
8. Cassie Wiley(5.27m; 17-3.5)*
11. Alexis Vick(2:20.25)*
14. Yasiris Gonzalez(2:23.02)*
14. James Arnett(22.43)
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)