March 22, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - After two days of competition, the University of Houston women's track and field team finished fourth overall with 93.50 points while the men's team finished in fifth with 62.75 points during the inaugural UTSA Texas Challenge Invitational.
The Texas Tech women's team took the top spot and the Texas A&M men's team won the meet.
Senior Karley King was the lone Cougar to win an event as she cleared 4.10m (13'-5.25") in the pole vault, setting a personal best for the outdoor season.
Samantha Taylor was another outstanding performer for the Cougar women's team as she threw 14.38m (47'-2.25") to finish second in the shot put competition.
Six other Cougars placed in the top three including Justine Price who threw a personal best of 46.85m (153'-8") to place third in the discus competition. Freshman Bria Carter placed third in the 100-meter dash with her first collegiate time of 11.70 and senior Ngozi Onwumere ran a 23.82 in the 200m dash, taking third. Hurdler Sade-Mariah Greenidge finished the 100m hurdles with a third place time of 13.81 while both of the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams placed third.
On the men's side, freshman Emiliano Troitino finished his first decathlon in third place with 5,946 points.
The men's 4x100m relay team of LeShon Collins, Cameron Burrell, James Arnett and Errol Nolan placed second with a time of 39.85. Senior Michael Mahnke tied for second in the pole vault competition clearing 5.05m (16'-6.75").
Houston will split squads next weekend for the 87th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin and the Victor Lopez Classic hosted by Rice University. Those athletes invited to the relays will attend while the ones who aren't will stay in Houston for the meet at Rice.