HOUSTON – Senior Selena Sierra returned to the Cougars in a big way, breaking her own school record in the 5,000-meter run as the Houston Cougar Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams split for a trio of weekend meets, on Friday.
Sierra and the distance team were in Seattle, Wash., for the opening day of the Husky Classic. Competing in the second heat of the race, Sierra posted a 17:00.35 to break her own school record of 17:14.43, which she set last season at the American Indoor Championships. The race for Sierra was her first competition with the Cougars this season.
Each of the men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams were in action on the opening night of the classic. The women’s team combined to finish fifth in 11:53.89, while the men followed with a fourth place finish in 10:10.40.
Houston will run two more competitors on the second day of the Husky Classic. Sophomore Cameron Laverty will be in action in the 800-meter run, while senior Brian Barraza will compete in the 3000-meter run. Barraza currently holds the school record in the event with a top time of 7:59.66, set last season.
ABOUT THE HOWIE RYAN INVITATIONAL
Where: Yeoman Fieldhouse | Houston, Texas | Feb 10 | 11 a.m.
Schedule of Events
Teams Competing: Rice, Lamar, Texas Southern, Texas State, Texas Wesleyan, Jackson State, Sam Houston State, UTSA
Some of the Cougars’ top field athletes were on display in front of the home crowd at the Howie Ryan Invitational.
Sophomore Taylor Scaife followed her record-setting performance in the weight throw a week ago with a win in the event inside her home ring. After struggling to find a rhythm early, Scaife needed just one through to launch the weight 59-8.25 (18.19m) to win the event.
Elsewhere in the throws, Houston picked up a 1-2 finish in the men’s shot put. Junior Cameron Cornelius picked up his fourth win of the season when he launched a personal-best 59-7.0 (18.16m) to edge out teammate Alex Garza. Garza’s top mark of 56-9.25 (17.30m) placed him second overall.
Sophomore Colin George tallied Houston’s third win of the meet with the top mark in the men’s high jump. George went up and over the bar at 6-4.75 (1.95) to match the mark of Jackson State’s Aaron Ross Jr., however George cleared the height first to win the event.
Full results of the Howie Ryan Invitational can be found by clicking HERE.
Hurdler Amere Lattin continued to impress in his sophomore season. Running amongst the nation’s best at the Tyson, Lattin ran a personal-best 7.74 in each of the preliminary and final rounds of the 60-meter hurdles to finish third. Lattin’s new top time ranks him No. 6 in the NCAA this season and is the third-fastest time in school history.
On the straight-track, Houston had a pair of sprinters make the finals of the 60-meter dash. In the prelims, senior Cameron Burrell ran 6.67 to qualify second, while sophomore Mario Burke’s 6.71 qualified him eighth. In the final round, Burrell crossed the line in second at a season-best 6.63, while Burke finished sixth in 6.71. Burrell’s time keeps him at No. 7 in the NCAA according to TFRRS.org.
The Cougars picked up two more top-10 finishes, each coming in the middle distance. In the men’s 800, junior Chris Ibarra ran 1:53.98 to finish eighth overall, while in the women’s edition of the race, junior Ebony White placed 10th in 2:17.36.
Houston returns to action at the Tyson Invitational on Saturday in the 200-meter dash, 4x400-meter relay, and men’s and women’s triple jumps.
Live results of the Tyson Invitational can be found by clicking HERE.
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