COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Houston Cougar Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams opened the 2017-18 indoor season with four individual titles and 14 top-3 finishes at the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational on Saturday, in College Station, Texas.
Competition on the track began with the men’s 60-meter hurdles, where junior Amere Lattin claimed Houston’s first victory of the season. Lattin crossed the line in 7.98 to take first in the event, while freshman Quivell Jordan made his debut with a third place finish in 8.23. Lattin’s time ranks him tied for seventh in the nation in the early season.
The women’s side followed, where freshman Naomi Taylor made her collegiate debut with a second place finish in 8.54. Taylor’s mark places her 16th on the early NCAA list in the hurdles.
On the straight track, junior Mario Burke made his season debut with a win in the 60-meter dash. Burke crossed the line in 6.76, which ranks tied for seventh in the nation in the early season, while junior John Lewis III ran 6.87 to finish seventh overall and fourth among collegiate competitors.
Junior Jacarias Martin picked up Houston’s third Reveille Invitational title of the afternoon in the 200-meter dash. Martin went one full lap around the track in 21.30 to edge Jace Comick of Texas A&M (21.34). Freshman Joe Williams made his debut in the event, finishing fifth overall, and third among collegiate competitors in 21.68.
Field events opened with the women’s long jump, where the Cougars picked up their fourth top-3 finish of the day from junior Paige Lawrence. Lawrence used her third jump of the afternoon to travel 17-7.5 (5.37m) and take third.
The Cougars also picked up a top-3 finish on the men’s side of the long jump, when Jared Kerr finished as the runner up in the event. After a pair of fouls, Kerr picked up his top leap of the competition on his third attempt with a best mark of 22-11.75 (7.00m).
Junior Nora Monie followed with a third place finish in the women’s shot put. Monie used her final throw to move from sixth to third with a mark of 45-6.5 (13.88m), while freshman Priscilla Adejokun made her collegiate debut in the event with a fourth place finish and a top mark of 44-8.75 (13.63m).
Freshman Sarah Howe tallied a third place finish in the pole vault in her debut with the Cougars. Howe went up-and-over the bar at 11-4.5 (3.47m) to take bronze. In the men’s pole vault, freshmen Robert Platt and Ben Percefull tied for third with top marks of 14-10.0 (4.52m).
Freshman high jumper Hawa Wague earned the Houston women’s final top-3 finish in the field events at the Reveille Invitational, with a runner-up finish in the high jump. Wague cleared the bar at 5-7.0 (1.70m) to tie for second.
The Cougars ended the meet with their fourth victory of the afternoon, in what would prove to be an exciting shot put competition. Junior Felipe Valencia made his return to the ring after redshirting throughout the 2016-17 season to win the competition with a top mark of 59-4.25 (18.09m), while senior Cameron Cornelius used his final throw to register a best of 57-9.50 (17.61) to finish second.
The season-opening meet saw 17 Cougars make their individual debut with Houston, including Hawa Wague (high jump), Sarah Howe (pole vault), Ben Percefull (pole vault), Robert Platt (pole vault), Naomi Taylor (60-meter hurdles) and Quivell Jordan (60-meter hurdles) who each picked up top-3 finishes in their respective events.
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