April 12, 2014
AUSTIN - The University of Houston track and field program took home five individual wins and many personal records at the Texas Invitational Saturday.
Senior Errol Nolan led the Cougars to a second place finish (124 points) behind host team Texas (184 points). At his first showing of the 2014 season, Nolan took first place in the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 46.55, the best time this season by any Cougar. He also scored points for the Cougars after finishing third in the 200m with a personal best time of 20.62w (+4.9).
Nolan also anchored the men's 4x100m relay team to a redemption win with a time of 40.19, the second best time of the season.
The women's team finished third overall with 77.50 points, beating American Athletic Conference rivals SMU (67) and South Florida (65). The lady Cougars scored in 12 events for the day including both relays.
The women's 4x100m relay started off the meet with a second place finish and a time of 45.79. To close out the running events for the day, the 4x400m relay team won the event with a time of 3:43.82.
In his first showing of the season, junior John Horton won the men's triple jump competition with a leap of 15.17m (49-9.25).
Houston took first and third in the men's 800m. Junior Yonas Tesfai led the field to finish first overall (1:53.57) while senior Drevan Anderson-Kaapa followed in third with a season best time of 1:54.01.
In the sprint hurdles, sophomore Issac Williams and junior Sade-Mariah Greenidge placed second for the Cougars. Williams finished with a personal best time of 13.67w (+4.9) while Greenidge was .01 second off her personal best time recording 13.17w (+3.9).
Junior Justine Price out threw her conference competition in the women's discus as she took second place with a personal best mark of 51.35m (168-5).
Others to place in the top three of their respective events were freshman high jumper Morris Olumba who cleared a personal best of 1.98m (6-6), Damon Thompson who threw a personal best distance of 53.25m (174-8) in the men's hammer competition, and junior Dominique Brisco who leaped 11.84m (38-10.25) in the women's triple jump.
Brisco also placed fourth in the women's long jump competition.
Houston splits next weekend as the sprints and relays group heads to Walnut, Calif., for the Mt. SAC Relays and the UTSA Invitational in San Antonio. Only two weeks stand between the Cougars Track and Field squads and the inaugural American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships in Tampa, Fla.