HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Men’s Track & Field team will send three individual athletes to compete in four events, plus the 4x400-meter relay to the NCAA Indoor Championships, to be held across March 9-10 at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas.
ABOUT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships head to College Station for the second consecutive year. Action on each day opens with the men’s heptathlon, starting at noon on Friday and Saturday. Individual running events open at 5:35 p.m., on Friday with the men’s mile prelims, while final round action starts with the mile at 4:10 p.m., Saturday. A full schedule of events can be found by clicking HERE.
Each day of the NCAA Indoor Championships will air live courtesy of the ESPN Family of Networks via Watch ESPN. Action for the first day of the championships beginning at 5:30 p.m., can be found by clicking HERE, while final day coverage, beginning at 4 p.m., can be seen HERE. A tape-delay broadcast of the championships will air on ESPN2 on Sunday, March 11, beginning at 6 p.m.
Live results will also be available for each day of the meet, courtesy of Flash Results and the NCAA. To access live results, click HERE.
Senior Elijah Hall became the first athlete at Houston to qualify for multiple individual events at the NCAA Indoor Championships since Darius Pemberton (55-meter hurdles and long jump) accomplished the feat in 1996. Hall ran the third-fastest time in the nation and the second-fastest time in school history in the 60-meter dash at 6.58 to win the Tyson Invitational earlier this season. At the Charlie Thomas Invitational, held at the same venue as the Championships, Hall broke his own school record in the 200 when he ran 20.51, the fifth-fastest time in the nation this season.
The Katy, Texas, native is the only athlete in the NCAA to rank among the top-5 in each of the 60- and 200-meter dash. Hall will run the prelims of the 60 in Heat 1 at 6:05 p.m., Friday, while following with the preliminary round of the 200 at 7:35 p.m., while running in Heat 3.
Junior Kahmari Montgomery will make his second trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships, and his first since transferring to the Cougars from Missouri prior to this season. Montgomery claimed The American Indoor Championship and broke the school record in the 400-meter dash at The American Championships, when he ran 45.53 to post the fifth-fastest mark in the NCAA this season.
Montgomery will compete in Heat 1 of the preliminary rounds, where he is set to run at 6:25 p.m., Friday.
Mechler will make Houston’s first appearance in the heptathlon since 2011 after a school-record setting performance at The American Indoor Championships. The sophomore claimed his second-consecutive title in the heptathlon after scoring 5,703 points in the seven-event competition, shattering Wesley Bray’s program-best mark.
Mechler begins heptathlon action on the first day starting at noon with the 60-meter dash, while the final three events will be held on Saturday, also beginning at noon, with the 60-meter hurdles.
Hall and Montgomery will join a combination of juniors Amere Lattin and Mario Burke, and freshman Quivell Jordan in the final race of the indoor championships, the 4x400-meter relay. Houston’s squad broke the school record twice this season and posted the fourth-fastest time in the nation, when they ran 3:04.18 to win the Tyson Invitational.
A top-5 time in the 4x4 relay makes Houston the only program in the nation to have a top-5 time in each of the indoor sprint categories. The men’s 4x4 will wrap the meet on Saturday in Heat 4 beginning at 6:40 p.m.
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