Diggs Makes Return to Lead Track & Field Through TSU Relays
March 21, 2009
HOUSTON - After being forced to sit out the entire 2008 outdoor season due to injury, senior captain Ivan Diggs made his return to competition Saturday, winning the high jump to lead the University of Houston track and field team through the 58th annual TSU Relays held at the Texas Southern Alexander Durley Sports Complex.
A three-time NCAA All-American, Diggs set an NCAA regional qualifying mark competing in his first outdoor meet since the 2007 season, clearing 2.13m (6-11.75).
As a team, Houston posted 11 first place finishes and 24 top five finishes during the two-day meet.
The Cougars also racked up five first place finishes in the relays, including the women's 4X800m, 1,600m medley, 4X200m and the 4,000m distance medley relays and the men's 4X100m relay.
Junior Erica Hannemann led the freshman trio of Ciera Johnson, Clarissa Payton and Stephanie Aldea to a first place finish of 9:10.90 in the 4X800-meter relay. Hannemann, Aldea and Payton then teamed with sophomore Candyce Cross to win the 4,000m distance medley relay with a time of 12:14.25.
The men's team of sophomores Tyron Carrier and Ed Turner and freshmen Kevin Hobson and Isaiah Sweeney took first in the 4X100-meter relay with a time of 40.78.
Senior Seun Adigun took first in the 100-meter hurdles, posting an NCAA regional qualifying time of 13.60 in the prelims before running a 13.95 in the finals.
The 2008 Conference USA Champion in the 400-meter hurdles, junior Jason Perez posted the fastest time in the event at the meet, taking first place with a clocking of 52.12. Freshman D'Korian Ford finished second with a time of 52.36, while junior Darryl Cloud took eighth with a time of 54.10.
Sophomore Chris Carter placed second in the long jump, leading a trio of Cougar top 10 finishes with a leap of 7.22m (23-08.25). Joining Carter were junior Lamar Delaney, who finished sixth with a mark of 6.82m (22-04.50), and senior Grant Hightower, who took 10th with a jump of 6.52m (21-04.75).
Competing unattached, senior Jonathan Ochoa turned in a first place finish in the javelin with a mark of 59.27m (194-05). Fellow senior Morgan Floyd took second with a throw of 58.77m (192-10). For the women, junior Brittani Williams finished fourth with a best of 36.14m (118-07).
In the pole vault, junior Alex Bentley, who missed the indoor season due to injury, looked to be rounding back into shape taking first place with a clearance of 5.20m (17-00.75). For the women, sophomore Shannan Arnold finished second with a mark of 3.25m (10-08.00).
Sweeney finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.97, while Carrier finished sixth with a clocking of 11.07.
Junior Brandon Hubbard finished third in the hammer throw, setting a mark of 51.19m (167-11). In the shot put, freshman Adrian Edmonds took seventh with a toss of 14.74m (48-04.50), while sophomores Sidney Flores and Mike Sanchez finished 10th and 11th, respectively.
Sophomore Jasmine Trier finished ninth in the 3,000-meter run, posting a time of 11:28.12
The Cougars return to action on when they make the trip to Austin, Texas, to compete at the prestigious Texas Relays on April 1-4.