March 29, 2014
AUSTIN - Both the University of Houston women's relay teams finished in sixth place against top competition in the finals during the 87th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Saturday afternoon.
Freshman William Gibbs was the lone individual to make the finals Saturday afternoon. He recorded a wind-aided time of 14.22 during the 110m hurdles, his second best time of the season. Gibbs ran a 14.01 during the prelims, tied for 13th best in the nation.
The men's 4x200m relay team finished with a sixth place time of 1:23.74, winning heat one. The women's team finished sixth as well with a time of 1:35.57. The last time the women's team ran in the 4x200m was in 2011 when the crew (K. Floyd, Harris, Reese, Bolton) took fourth with a time of 1:33.17.
Houston women continued a fast day with the relays as they placed fourth in the 4x100m relay with a season best time of 44.22. The time is the seventh fastest time in the nation.
The women's 4x400m relay also finished sixth in the competition with a time of 3:39.60. During prelims, the squad ran a 3:36.31, the fastest time of the season and was No. 3 in the nation.
VICTOR LOPEZ CLASSIC
Freshman Xavier Floyd, son of Cougar Great Stanley Floyd and brother to Ebonie & Kalyn Floyd, helped the Cougar men's team to a fourth place finish during the Victor Lopez Classic this weekend at Ley Field. He took the top spot in the men's 200m with a personal best time of 22.13 and finished third in the 100m with a time of 11.21.
After showing at the Texas Relays Friday, Cameron Cornelius took the gold in the men's shot put breaking his personal best by an inch with a throw of 17.23m (56'-6.5"). Also finishing on top was senior pole vaulter Michael Mahnke. Determined to have a better showing after the Texas Relays, Mahnke returned to Houston to compete at Rice this evening. He set an outdoor personal best clearing 5.20m (17'-0.75").
Newcomer Caleb Holl placed third in the men's 400m hurdles with a personal best time of 55.38 while the men's 4x400m relay team of Anthony Coleman, Eric Alexander, Chris Ibarra and Jalen Wade, took second with a time of 3:21.73.
Senior triple jumper Malcolm Howard leaped into third place with a mark of 13.75m (45'-1.5").
On the women's side, three athletes made it to the medal stand as they placed third or higher in their respective events. Janae Bottoms ran a 4:32.48 in the women's 1,500m section A to place second overall. Multi-event athlete Angelica Thompson took third in the women's javelin throw with a mark of 39.16 (128'-6"). Junior Justine Price led the Cougar throws squad with a mark of 46.65m (153'-1") to place third in the women's discus, her second best throw of the season.
Houston Track and Field sprinters, hurdlers and field athletes will have next weekend off while the distance squad heads to the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.
Six runners will compete in the 800m including junior Yonas Tesfai who will also compete in the men's 1,500m.
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