Feb. 14, 2014
HOUSTON - School records continue to fall as the University of Houston Track and Field team competed at the annual Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday night.
Senior Brittany Wallace placed in the top 10 of the women's 400-meter dash, becoming the fourth Cougar this season to break a school record. She recorded a personal best time of 53.25, the top of the American Athletic Conference and 11th in the nation.
Wallace has made a great comeback this season after suffering a season-ending injury midway through the season.
"I'm extremely proud of Brittany Wallace. I don't think I have had any athletes who endured as much difficulty as she has," head coach Leroy Burrell said. "To watch her deliver a performance and break a school record like she did today is very special. We have had two Olympians who contested the 400 meters here and to come away the school record holder is a great accomplishment. What I am most excited about is that she has more and I think she will do it again."
Freshman Brian Barraza took his second school record of the season in the men's 5000m run championship section with a time of 14:23.29. Last weekend, Barraza broke the men's 3000m school record with a time of 8:16.84. The record previously set by teammate Yonas Tesfai last season. His 5000m time is good for 34th in the nation and tops the American standings.
"We had an outstanding day at probably the most talent laden meet we've bet to in quite some time. I am really excited about how we performed across the board," head coach Leroy Burrell said. "We won heats and qualified several athletes to the finals and set several personal bests in the process. That, combined with setting two school records and winning two events at a meet of this quality speaks volumes about the progress our program."
Cameron Burrell stunned the 60m dash competition taking the win with a time of 6.57. He beat No. 2 Dentarius Locke of Florida State and his USA 4x400m relay teammate Trayvon Brommell of Baylor. The two ran together at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships in Colombia. LeShon Collins placed sixth in the 60m with a time of 6.69. The sophomore recorded a 6.66 in the semi-finals.
Tesfai placed in the top five of the men's mile championship section with a season best of 4:08.05. In the men's 60m hurdles, sophomore Issac Williams recorded a season best time of 7.85 to place fourth.
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Sophomore James Broussard led the Cougars winning the men's mile with a personal best time of 4:19.47.
Freshman Cameron Cornelius placed second in the men's shot put with a mark of 16.76m (55'-0"), the second best this season by a Cougar. Damon Thompson also had a second best throw of the season in the men's weight throw 17.06m (55'-11.75") to take fourth place in the competition.
On the women's side, Nicole Benton recorded a 17.39m (57'-0.75") placing second overall.
Rounding out the field events, freshman Morris Olumba tied his personal best in the men's high jump of 1.95m (6'-4.75") to take third.
The Cougars will be back in action tomorrow afternoon for Day Two of the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Saturday's events will begin at noon with the women's shot put followed by the running events at 1 p.m.
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