PREVIEW: Track & Field Heads to Penn Relay Carnival
April 23, 2014
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.
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.
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