PREVIEW: Track & Field Heads to Penn Relay Carnival

April 23, 2014

Penn Relay Carnival
 Dates  April 24-26, 2014
 Location  Franklin Field
 Philadelphia, Pa.
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HOUSTON - The University of Houston is set to embark on its ninth Penn Relay Carnival appearance in the last 12 seasons this weekend in Philadelphia, Pa.

The Cougars plan to run several relay teams and 13 individuals against the nation's top competition at the prestigious meet this weekend. Starting the weekend off is junior Justine Price as she competes in the women's discus throw slated for Thursday at 9 a.m.

Junior Sade-Mariah Greenidge is slated to compete in the women's 400m hurdles Championship of America Thursday morning as well. Brian Barraza will wrap the Cougars Thursday night events with the men's 5,000m Championship run. This is the freshman's first 5,000m since the indoor season.

Last weekend, both of the Cougars 4x400m relay teams improved to season best times at the prestigious meet. The Cougar women recorded a 3:35.95 moving up to No. 2 in the conference, No. 13 in the region and the top 20 in the nation. The men's team recorded a time of 3:08.27, the conference's best time, No. 10 in the region and No. 24 nationally. 

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) came out with its weekly rankings on Tuesday afternoon and the Cougar men's team jumped 30 spots on the national list to No. 37 and is No. 8 in the South Central Region. The women's team is ranked No. 7 in the South Central Region.

Last weekend, sophomore hurdler Williams recorded the fourth fastest wind-assisted time in the world of 13.44w (+2.9) at the Mt. SAC Relays. He is one of three Cougars ranked in the world. Fellow hurdler Greenidge sits 12th in the world in the women's 100m hurdles with her fastest legal time of 13.24.

Houston has four freshman athletes listed on the USTFCCCA's U20 best list for the 2014 outdoor season. Barraza leads the Cougars as he ranks No. 1 in the 5,000m, No. 5 in the 3,000m and No. 9 in the 1,500m. Hurdler William Gibbs comes in at No. 3 in both the men's 110m and 60m hurdles while Cameron Cornelius is No. 2 in the Shot Put.

9 a.m. - Women's Discus - Justine Price
10 a.m. - Women's 400m Hurdles Championship of America - Sade-Mariah Greenidge
12:45 p.m. - Women's Shot Put - Samantha Taylor
12:55 p.m. - Women's 4x100
4 p.m. - Women's Long Jump - Alicia Perkins
6:15 p.m. - Women's 4x400
9:20 p.m. - Men's 5000m Championship of America - Brian Barraza

9 a.m. - Men's 400m Hurdles Championship of America - Jordan Hofbauer
11 a.m. - Women's Triple Jump - Dominique Brisco
12:30 p.m. - Men's 4x100
1:15 p.m. - Men's Shot Put - Cameron Cornelius
1:30 p.m. - Men's 4x200
1:50 p.m. - Women's 4x200
3:25 p.m. - Women's Shuttle Hurdles Championship of America
3:30 p.m. - Men's 100m - Cameron Burrell, LeShon Collins
3:30 p.m. - Men's Long Jump - Cameron Burrell
3:40 p.m. - Women's 100m - Bria Carter, Kiersten Brewer
3:50 p.m. - Men's 110m Hurdles - William Gibbs, Issac Williams
4 p.m. - Women's 100m Hurdles (heats) - Sade-Mariah Greenidge
4:15 p.m. - Men's 4x400 

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