Track & Field Concludes Day One of NCAA West Prelims
May 23, 2013
AUSTIN– The University of Houston track and field team took on a field of the region’s premier student-athletes during day one of the NCAA Division I Track & Field West Preliminary Round at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Thursday afternoon. Freshmen Eric Futch and Leshon Collins, along with senior Isaiah Sweeney advanced to tomorrow’s quarterfinals in their respective events.
Futch ran a season best of 50.94 in the men’s 400-meter hurdles to place second in his heat. His time was the third fastest overall, behind Jeffery Gibson (50.01) of Oral Roberts and Michael Stingler of Kansas (50.42). The Darby, Penn, native will take to the track at 7:45 p.m., tomorrow.
In the men’s 100-meter dash, the duo of Sweeney and Collins finished third (10.42) and fourth (10.46w) in their heats, respectively. With his third-place finish, Sweeney advanced automatically, while Collins advanced on his time.
Along with the 100m, Sweeney competed in the men’s long jump, but failed to qualify for the NCAA Championships after jumping a distance of 7.16m (23-6). On the women’s side, sophomore Alicia Perkins and junior Ngozi Onwumere also did not advance. Perkins jumped 5.88m (19-3.5), while Onwumere leaped 5.65m (18-6.5).
Junior Drevan Anderson-Kaapa fell just .24 seconds short of advancing to Friday’s quarterfinals in men’s 800-meter run. Anderson-Kaapa finished fourth in his heat with a time of 1:50.30. He was followed by teammate Anthony Coleman at the 1:51.61 mark.
In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Sade-Mariah Greenidge’s time of 1:01.51 was not fastest enough to push her to quarterfinals. Greenidge will look to redeem herself in the women’s 100-meter hurdles tomorrow at 6 p.m.