April 21, 2012
HOUSTON - The University of Houston track and field teams concluded the 54th annual Mt. Sac Relays on Saturday, as the women's 4x400 claimed first, while setting a new season best mark and Grecia Bolton reaches a season best in the 200m dash.
The women's 4x400m relay, Whitney Harris, Brittany Wallace, Ciera Johnson and Ngozi Onwumere claimed first in the event, while setting a season best time of 3:38.70. The group topped the Kawamoto All-Stars, Iowa State, UNLV and Cal St. Northridge in the Invite Elite division, as it drastically improved on its previous best mark of 3:42.20.
Senior sprinter Bolton ran a season best 23.68 in the 200m dash. She competed in the Olympic Development Elite division, placing third behind Margaret Adeoye of Great Britain and Laura Turner.
The women's 4x100m relay (Tai'shea Reese, Whitney Harris, Kiersten Brewer and Grecia Bolton) placed fourth in the Invite Elite section of the event with its time of 44.30.
For the men, Errol Nolan took fifth in the Invitational Elite section of the 400m dash as he ran a time of 45.86. Nolan was in competition alongside two of the world's top 400m athletes in Martyn Rooney and Jeremy Warner.
Nolan also returned with Xavier Boyd, Garrett Hughey and Doug Kelley to anchor the men's 4x400m team to a third place finish with its time of 3:07.18. Competing in the Invite Elite division, the team finished behind Great Britain and Nigeria.
The men's distance medley of Drevan Anderson-Kaapa, Anthony Coleman, Mark Fernando and Yonas Tesfai finished in 10:23.28, as they were the only team in competition.
The University of Houston throwers were in competition in Austin this weekend at the Long Invitational at Mike A. Myers Stadium, where Nicole Benton notched second and third place finishes and John Fortune claimed third for the Cougars.
Benton, Samantha Taylor and Emily Nnokwam took places three, four and five, respectively, in the women's shot put. Benton led the group with her 12.65m toss.
Benton also returned to take second in the discus throw with her toss of 48.15m, while Nnokwam took fourth with her throw of 43.23 and Taylor took seventh. She and Nnokwam also competed in the hammer throw, where they claimed places three and five respectively. Senior Morgan Swan was also in the field and placed seventh.
For the men, senior John Fortune claimed third in the hammer throw with his 48.17m/158-00 mark. Fellow senior Ray Lian took sixth in the discus throw with his mark of 49.53m, while Jacob Schultz also finished in the top-10, placing eighth with his throw of 47.47m.
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