HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams opened the Texas Invitational with nine top-5 finishes on Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
ABOUT THE TEXAS INVITATIONAL
The two-day Texas Invitational is hosted by the University of Texas. The Cougars will compete alongside the host school, Texas, as well as Texas State, McNeese, UTSA, UTEP, SFA, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Princeton, Michigan, Baylor, UT Arlington and Northwood University.
The final day of action opens on the track with the women’s 5,000-meter run at 10 a.m., while the men’s discus starts field events at 10:30 a.m.
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HOW IT HAPPENED
Junior thrower Taylor Scaife has been the pace-setter for the Cougars this season, and after a lengthy weather delay, Scaife would once again start Houston off on the right foot, breaking her own school record in the hammer throw. Scaife topped her own mark for the third time this season, when her fourth attempt traveled 204-7 (62.37m) to place her fourth. That mark moves Scaife into 15th on the NCAA list this year.
Freshman Ben Percefull kept the momentum going for Houston in the men’s field events with a second-place finish in the pole vault. Percefull cleared the bar at a personal-best 17-0.75 (5.20m) to take the silver and move to 33rd in the nation this year.
In the women’s pole vault, Sarah Howe cleared 11-5.75 (3.50m) on her first attempt to finish fourth, while Olivia Winterkamp cleared the same mark on her third attempt to finish ninth with her personal best.
Houston would advance to pick up three top-5 finishes in the long jump, including Jared Kerr who took third on the men’s side. Kerr used his first attempt to jump 24-11.25 (7.60m) to take the bronze, while Trumaine Jefferson placed fourth at 24-8.5 (7.53m). On the women’s side, Justice Henderson used her final attempt to travel 18-10.75 (5.76m) to place fifth.
A 400-meter specialist normally, Kahmari Montgomery set his sights on the 200-meter dash on Friday, where he ran the 21st-best time nationally at a wind-aided 20.74. Montgomery placed fifth overall and fourth collegiately, while Mario Burke took sixth (fifth collegiately), in 20.84.
The Cougars picked up two more top-5 finishes on the track to end the night, with Meredith Sorensen and Jahnavi Schneider in the women’s 1,500-meter run. Sorensen crossed the line in 4:45.97 to take fourth, while Schneider finished fifth in 4:51.02.
On the men’s side, Blake Contreras finished sixth in the 1,500 in 3:56.63.
The night ended in the field, where the Cougars saw a pair of throwers reach the finals of the shot put. On the men’s side, Cameron Cornelius finished sixth with a season-best throw of 57-2.0 (17.42m), while on the women’s side, Priscilla Adejokun also took sixth with a mark of 46-4.0 (14.12m).
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