Feb. 28, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The University of Houston men’s distance medley relay set the meet record for the Inaugural American Athletic Conference as they took the gold, the first conference champions of the season.
Houston jumped to fourth place in team points with the win. Louisville leads the competition with 39 points followed by Memphis (36), UConn (26) and Houston (24).
After five events scored on the women’s side, Houston sits eighth overall with 15.50 points. SMU leads the meet with 36 points followed closely behind by UConn with 33 points.
Senior pentathlete Cassie Wiley had a great meet, setting personal bests in all five events. She started the meet in third place after running a 9.10 in the 60m hurdles. Wiley jumped into first place when she cleared 1.73m (5’-8”) in the high jump. She kept the top spot when she threw 12.39m (40’-7.75”) in the shot put and leaped 5.62m (18’-5.25”) in the long jump. Wiley dropped to third after the 800m, but had her best showing of her career finishing at 2:35.45. She scored a personal high of 3,828 points in the pentathlon and medaled to score the Cougar Women’s first points.
Senior Karley King also medaled for the women’s team. She tied for third in the women’s pole vault after clearing 3.98m (13’-0.75”).
Also scoring for the men’s team, John Horton medaled in the men’s long jump with a personal best of 7.51m (24’-7.75”). Damon Thompson placed sixth in the men’s weight throw with a mark of 16.68m (54’-8.75”).
The women’s DMR of Taylor Beer, Amber Sellers, Alexis Vick and Janae Bottoms recorded a season best time of 11:51.75 to place sixth. Thrower Nicole Benton also scored for the Cougar Women as she threw 18.05m (59’-2.75”) into sixth place.
Cougars have 21 qualifying times for the finals tomorrow afternoon.
200m Dash - Brittany Wallace - 23.84 (Top Qualifying Time, PR); Ngozi Onwumere - 24.04; LeShon Collins – 21.33 (Top Qualifying Time, 2nd best of the season); Issac Williams – 21.89; Cameron Burrell – 21.89
Mile – Yonas Tesfai – 4:15.10