Sophomore Leshon Collins highlights the athletes to watch in the 60-meter dash during the Houston Indoor Opener Saturday.
Jan. 9, 2014
HOUSTON – The 2013-14 indoor season officially begins this Saturday as the University of Houston Track and Field program hosts the Houston Indoor Opener at Yeoman Fieldhouse.
Athletes from Houston Baptist, UT-San Antonio, Texas Southern, Prairie View A&M, Lamar, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State and various club teams will be competing at the one-day meet.
The opener will begin at 11 a.m. with the men and women’s weight throw followed by the high jump at noon. The rest of the field events will follow while the running events begin at 1 p.m. and continue throughout the day on a rolling schedule.
For complete coverage of the Houston Indoor Opener, visit UHCougars.com.
ATHLETES TO WATCH
Sophomore Leshon Collins kicked off the season with a national top mark in the men’s 60-meter dash during the Reveille Invitational (6.70 seconds). Senior Karley King also made a statement in the opening meet as she reached a personal best in the pole vault with a 4.15m (13’-7.25”) mark, breaking the Reveille Invitational meet record. The two earned the first American Athletic Conference accolades of the season, the Male Track Athlete of the Week and the Female Field Athlete of the Week (Dec. 17).
Senior distance runner Drevan Anderson-Kaapa also returns for the Cougars. He also recorded a personal best in the mile run at the Reveille Invitational. Anderson-Kaapa finished with a time of 4:17.97, beating his previous best by a full second.
The women’s 4x400-meter relay team – Kiersten Brewer, Kelli Hardnett, Ngozi Onwumere and Mayorca Young – ranks third in the nation with a top time of 3:43.27 this season. The quartet finished third at the opening meet with a time of 3:43.27.
Newcomer Cameron Burrell joined the Cougars in the fall and will compete in his second collegiate meet. During the Reveille Invitational, the freshman placed third in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6.75 seconds.