Track and Field to Host Two-Day Howie Ryan Invitational and Multi's

Senior Rick Fenton

Jan. 24, 2013

Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational
 Time  10 a.m - 7:45 p.m. (Friday) // 9 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. (Saturday)
 Location  Yeoman Field House
 Athletics/Alumni Center
 Houston, Texas
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston track and field team will host Howie Ryan Invitational and Multi's on Friday and Saturday at Yeoman Field House inside the Athletics/Alumni Center. This meet marks the final home event of the 2012-13 indoor season.

This two-day meet will be not scored between student-athletes from Grambling State, Houston, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, North Texas, Northwestern State, Prairie View A&M, Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU, Southern-New Orleans, Stephen F. Austin, Texas Southern, Texas State, Texas-Pan American and UTSA.

The meet begins at 10 a.m., Friday with the women's weight throw and will finish at 7:45 p.m., with the men's distance medley. On Saturday, the meet starts at 9 a.m. with the men's and women's shot put and concludes with the men's 4x400 relay at 5:15 p.m.

The Cougars kicked off their home meet schedule with the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational on Friday. Despite coming in second, freshman sprinter Isaac Williams tied the school record in the men's 60m hurdles with a personal best of 7.81.

Houston swept the men's and women's weight throw. Senior Rick Fenton threw 18.31m (60-1) for the third-best time in program history. Fenton now holds the top-three marks on the all-time list. For the women, junior Emily Nnokwam had a throw of 17.13m (56-2.5). Teammate Nicole Benton finished with a personal best of 16.75m (54-11.5) to place third overall.

Freshman Leshon Collins ran the second fastest time (6.67) in program history to place second overall in the men's 60m, while fellow freshman Eric Futch topped the men's 400m with a time of 47.92.

Fans wishing to buy tickets to the event must enter through the front doors of the Athletics/Alumni Center. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for youth between 3-18. Spectator seating is limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Ryan was a three-time letterwinner for the Cougars from 1965-1967 and helped lead the Cougars to Top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships during each of those seasons.

In 1966, he was an NCAA All-American and later pursued excellence as he qualified for the 1972 Olympic Trials in the 3000m run and in the steeplechase.

Following his competitive career, Howie began his coaching career at the high school level in 1970 before returning to his alma mater in 1976 where he was a coach for the Cougars for an impressive 26 seasons.After a coaching career that spanned decades and included the mentoring of numerous champions, he retired in 2002.

Howie passed away on June 3, 2008, at the age of 65.

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