Futch Claims First in Men's 400m Hurdles During Day One of TSU Relays

Freshman Eric Futch claims gold in men's 400m hurdles

March 15, 2013


HOUSTON – The University of Houston track and field team opened its 2013 outdoor schedule Friday at the 62nd TSU Relays. Day-two of the meet will begin at 12:30 p.m., Saturday with the women’s 200-meter dash.

In his first outdoor competition for the Cougars, freshman Eric Futch took home the gold in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.55. Teammates, Jordan Hofbauer and Leon Bullock finished fourth and fifth respectively. Hofbauer crossed the finished line at the 53.69 mark, while Bullock clocked in at 53.80. On the women’s side, junior Amber Sellers finished with bronze medal after running a personal best of 1:01.70. Sophomore Sade-Mariah Greenidge followed in fourth at 1:02.93 seconds.

In the men’s hammer throw, senior John Fortune threw a personal best of 51.44m (168-9) for a third place finish. With his throw, Fortune landed in the No. 5 spot on the program’s all-time list. The Cleveland, Texas native, also took home a first place finish in the men’s shot put with a throw of 16.63m (54-6.75). 

In the women’s hammer throw, senior Emily Nnokwam placed fourth with a distance of 47.17m (154-9). She also placed third in the women’s discus with a personal best of 45.23m (148-5). Fellow throwers, Justine Price, Nicole Benton, and Samatha Taylor finished 4-5-6.



Freshman Angelica Thompson topped her competition in the women’s javelin with a distance of 37.25m (122-2).

Senior Michael Mahnke notched a second-place finish with a height of 4.90m (16-0.75), while freshman Joseph Beck rounded out the top-three when he cleared the bar at 4.75m (15-7).  Junior Sage Hintnaus eclipsed the bar at 3.35m (10-11.75) to place third for the Cougar women. Freshman Jennifer Blair followed in fourth at 3.20m (10-6).

Junior Cassie Wiley, who tied for second in the women’s high jump at the Conference USA Indoor Championships in February, took home a first-place finish in the event with a height of 1.75m (5-8.75). Fellow jumper, Khalysia Mayo was the runner-up with a jump of 1.70m (5-7).      

Day two of the meet with begin at 12:30 p.m. with the women’s 200-meter dash and will conclude with the men’s 4x400 relay at 8 p.m. 

Live results from the meet can be followed here.

Men’s 400m Hurdles
1. Eric Futch (52.55)
4. Jordan Hofbauer (53.69)
5. Leon Bullock (53.80)

Women’s 400m Hurdles
3. Amber Sellers (1:01.70)*
4. Sade-Mariah Greenidge (1:02.93)

Men’s Hammer Throw
3. John Fortune (168-9)*

Women’s Hammer Throw
4. Emily Nnokwam (154-9)
11. Nicole Benton (133-5)

Men’s Pole Vault
2. Michael Mahnke (16-0.75)
3. Joseph Beck (15-7)
T4. Jacob Fifi (14-1.25)
6. Zach Fifi (13-7.25)

Women’s Pole Vault
3. Sage Hintnaus (10-11.25)
4. Jennifer Blair (10-6)

Women’s High Jump
1. Cassie Wiley (5-8.75)
2. Khalysia Mayo (5-7)
7. Maureen Redmond (5-3)

Men’s Shot Put
1. John Fortune (54-6.75)
22. Sean Spiehler (34-9.5)

Women’s Discus
3. Emily Nnokwam (148-5)*
4. Justine Price (140-4)
5. Nicole Benton (139-3)
6. Samatha Taylor (129-6)

*Personal Best 

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