HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams will split squads and head to three different meets this weekend. Houston will host the Howie Ryan Invitational on Friday, inside the Yeoman Fieldhouse, while distance athletes will travel to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Classic and the remainder of athletes will compete at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
ABOUT THE HOWIE RYAN INVITATIONAL
Where: Yeoman Fieldhouse | Houston, Texas | Feb 10 | 11 a.m.
Schedule of Events
Teams Competing: Rice, Lamar, Texas Southern, Texas State, Texas Wesleyan, Jackson State, Sam Houston State, UTSA
Houston hosts its final indoor meet of the 2017 season, when it welcomes eight teams to the Howie Ryan Invitational on Friday.
Each of the Cougars’ program record holders in the weight throw will be in action at the Howie Ryan, including Taylor Scaife, who set the school’s top mark last week at the Charlie Thomas Invitational. Scaife enters competition with the 13th best mark in the NCAA this season at 67-0.75 (20.44m). In the men’s weight, Damon Thompson will look to improve on his top mark of the season of 61-5.75 (18.74m) set at the Mark Colligan Memorial.
One of the American Conference’s top heptathletes will be compete in front of the home fans on Friday. Freshman Nathaniel Mechler is scheduled to participate in three events, including the men’s 60-meter hurdles, the men’s shot put and the men’s pole vault. Earlier this season, Mechler scored 5,401 points in the heptathlon at the Houston Invitational, the second best mark in school history.
Live results of the Howie Ryan Invitational can be found by clicking HERE.
Some of the top track & field athletes in the nation will head to Fayetteville Ark., to compete in the prestigious Tyson Invitational.
Senior Cameron Burrell will be competing in the invitational portion of the long jump and the second round of the 60-meter dash. Burrell enters with the seventh fastest time in the NCAA in the 60 at 6.64, and the nation’s 38th best mark in the long jump at 24-7.0 (7.48m).
Junior Eli Hall will also be competing in the 60 as well as the 200-meter dash. Hall set the school record in the 200 in his first competition as a Cougar, running 20.71 at the Mark Colligan Memorial for the fourth fastest time in the nation this season. Hall also has the No. 11 mark in the NCAA in the 60m at 6.65. He is tied with teammate Mario Burke who will also run the 60 and 200.
In the women’s sprints, senior Tori Williams brings one of the nation’s top 200-meter dash times to the Tyson Invitational. Williams ran 23.63 last week at the Charlie Thomas Invitational to rank No. 25 in the NCAA this season and earn American Conference Track Athlete of the Week Honors for the second time this season.
In the hurdles, sophomore Amere Lattin looks to continue his impressive season while competing in the second round of the 60-meter hurdles. Lattin clocked 7.82 in the finals of the Charlie Thomas Invitational to rank him fifth on the Houston all-time 60m hurdles list and No. 14 in the nation this season.
In the field events in Arkansas, junior Tonye’cia Burks will look to improve on the nation’s 41st best mark in the triple jump. Burks’ top mark this season was 41-3.25 (12.58m), which she set at the Houston Invitational in January. Freshman Samiyah Samuels will compete in the long jump for the Cougars. Samuels enters with the No. 38 mark in the nation at 19-11.5 (6.08m).
Live results of the Tyson Invitational can be found by clicking HERE.
Houston will send a handful of distance athletes to compete in the Husky Classic in Seattle. For the men, sophomore Cameron Laverty will be in action in the 800-meters, while senior Brian Barraza will compete in the 3000-meters. Barraza currently holds the school record in the event with a top time of 7:59.66 set last season.
On the women’s side, senior Selena Sierra will run the 5,000-meters for Houston. Sierra ran 17:14.43 during the 2016 season to break the school record set by teammate Maddie Brown just two weeks prior.
Houston will also get a first look at its distance medley relay teams in Washington. The women’s team will consist of Jennifer Dunlap, Debra Taylor, Britani Gonzales and Meredith Sorensen, while the men will run Blake Contreras, Cameron Laverty, Nicholas Hamilton and G.J. Reyna.
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