March 23, 2013
HOUSTON - Senior thrower Rick Fenton topped his competition with a school-record breaking throw of 61.78m (202-8) in the men's hammer throw as the University of Houston track and field team continued its 2013 outdoor slate at day one of the Victor Lopez Classic on Friday.
The San Clemente, Calif., native erased the previous school record of 57.55m (188-9) held by William Krokey in 2008. Fellow thrower, John Fortune, threw a personal best of 54. 38m (178-5) to placed sixth. Fortune's throw is fifth on the program's all-time list. For the women, senior Emily Nnkowam threw 46.93m (153-11) to finish 11th.
In the men's 1,500-meter run, sophomore Mark Fernando placed 13th overall, followed by teammate freshman Trevor Walker in 14th. Fernando ran a personal best of 4:03.10, while Walker crossed the finish line at the 4:06.21 mark. On the women's side, three student-athletes set personal best. Sophomore Alexis Vick finished ninth with a time of 4:54.71, while freshman Selena Sierra and junior Yasiris Gonzalez finished at 4:56.38 and 5:09.70, respectively.
James Broussard, John Cantu and Zachary Stewart all ran for personal best in the men's 5,000-meter run. Broussard ran 15:34.89, while Cantu clocked in at 15:44.06 and Stewart at 17:38.78. For the Cougar women, sophomore Taylor Beer recorded a seventh placed finish with a time of 18:29.80. Senior Starla Garcia followed in eighth with a time of 18:32.19.
A LOOK AHEAD
The Cougars will compete in the final day of competition on Saturday. The Classic begins at 11 a.m., with the men's shot put and concludes with the women's 4x400 relay at 8:40 p.m.
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