Freshman Cameron Cornelius finishes second in the shot put with a huge personal best throw.
May 3, 2014
TAMPA, Fla.- University of Houston men's track and field team moved from just six points to 53 points and third place after day two of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships Saturday at USF's Track & Field Stadium.
The Cougars scored in every final event today on the men's and women's side.
Louisville leads the men's team scores with 75 points, scoring most of their points today. Memphis follows with 65 points highlighted by the men's shot put title. Cougar men sit third with 53 points.
SMU still leads the women's field with 108 team points followed by Louisville with 49.20. The UCF women sit in third with 38 points and Houston is fourth scoring 34.20. Most of the Cougars points will come tomorrow after the final heats of the sprint events.
Houston men score 21 points in the long jump competition taking 2-3-4-7 in the finals. Freshman Antwan Dickerson was the top scoring Cougar in the event at second place with a mark of 7.26m (23'-10"). Junior John Horton followed in third with a season best mark of 7.24m (23'-9"). In fourth place, Cameron Burrell recorded a leap of 7.13m (23'-4.75") in his first attempt before passing the rest of his attempts to head to the 100m prelims. Finally, Marc Clerveaux leaped into seventh place with a mark of 6.97m (22'-10.5").
Freshman dominated the field events as Cameron Cornelius threw a personal best in the shot put with a second place mark of 18.36m (60'-3") and Jack Thomas took third in the javelin with a mark of 62.07m (203'-7").
Brian Barraza also finished in the top three of the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:25.14.
Senior Cassie Wiley led the women's team with a second place finish in the heptathlon. She racked up 5,216 points, a new personal best. Wiley also recorded personal bests in the 100m hurdles and 800m.
In the pole vault, senior Karley King cleared 3.98m (13'-0.75") to take second in the event and
Also scoring for the Cougar women was senior Ngozi Onwumere in the long jump and junior Angelica Thompson in the javelin. Both athletes took fourth in their respective events. Thompson threw a personal best of 43.93m (144'-1").
QUALIFIERS FOR FINALS
Houston has 24 athletes to qualify for a final tomorrow, 11 women and 13 men.
100m - 12:25 p.m. - Carter, Williams, Onwumere // Burrell, Collins
200m - 1:10 p.m. - Onwumere // Burrell, Nolan, Collins
400m - 12:15 p.m. - Wallace, Moody // Nolan, Boyd
800m - 12:40 p.m. - Coleman, Tesfai
1500m - 11:40 a.m. - Bottoms // Ibarra
100m Hurdles - 11:55 a.m. - Greenidge, Sellers
110m Hurdles - 12:05 p.m. - Gibbs, Williams
400m Hurdles - 12:50 p.m. - Greenidge, Sellers // Holl