HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams return to Yeoman Fieldhouse to host the second of their three indoor home meets, the Houston Invitational, running Jan. 26-27.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON INVITATIONAL
Field events on the first day of the Houston Invitational begin at 10 a.m., with the women’s weight throw, while the women’s pentathlon kicks off at noon, and the men’s heptathlon follows at 12:30 p.m. Running events on Friday begin with the 400-meter dash Section B finals at 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, action resumes with the women’s shot put at 9 a.m., and the completion of the men’s heptathlon is set to start at 10 a.m. The final day of running action opens with the semifinals of the 60-meter hurdles at noon and rolls through the women’s and men’s 4x400-meter relay at 5:15 p.m.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
A trio of the nation’s top athletes will be in action in the men’s and women’s 60-meter dashes at the Houston Alumni Invitational, including sophomore Brianne Bethel who enters with the No. 22 time in the NCAA this season at 7.37, and sophomore Sierra Smith, who ran 7.50 at the Mark Colligan Memorial to move to No. 73 in the nation.
On the men’s side of the 60-meter dash, freshman Joe Williams will look to improve on the nation’s 61st best time, which he clocked at the Mark Colligan Memorial, when he crossed the line in 6.77.
The Cougars’ hurdle crew will be back on display, bringing three of the fastest times in the NCAA to their home track. Junior Amere Lattin ran 7.85 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Corky Classic and sits 21st in the nation, while freshman Quivell Jordan’s 8.03 a week ago in Nebraska ranks him 54th.
In the women’s hurdles, freshman Naomi Taylor will look to improve on an already strong rookie campaign, hoping to better the nation’s 32nd best time at 8.36, which she ran at the Corky Classic.
Junior thrower Felipe Valencia puts his 3-meet winning streak in the shot put on the line at the Houston Invitational. Valencia won the Mark Colligan Memorial and was named thrower of the meet a week ago with a season-best 60-8.0 (18.49m) to move to 25th in the NCAA this season. Senior Cameron Cornelius sits 44th in the nation in the event after marking a throw of 57-9.5 (17.61m) at the season-opening Reveille Invitational.
The jumping events at the Houston Invitational will feature a bevy of talent, including freshman Hawa Wague who’s top mark on the season of 5-7.25 (1.71m) has her as the No. 67 high jumper in the collegiate ranks this season.
Moving horizontally, Samiyah Samuels (No. 39) and Paige Lawrence (No. 69) enter with season-bests of 19-7.5 (5.98m) and 17-10.75 (5.45m), respectively, while on the men’s side, Jared Kerr will compete in the long jump invitational after already landing the nation’s 50th best jump at the Leonard Hilton Invitational at 24-1.75 (7.36m).
A full list of Houston’s competitors can be found, via the heat sheets, by clicking HERE.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston hits the road, but will stay in the Lone Star State, for its second meet of the season at Texas A&M. The Cougars are set to compete in the Charlie Thomas Invitational, across Feb. 2-3 at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
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