J. FRED DUCKETT TWILIGHT INVITATIONAL
Back home in Houston, a pair of Cougar sprinters won their events at the Twilight Invitational, hosted by Rice. On the straight track, freshman Sierra Smith picked up a victory in the 100-meter dash. Smith crossed the line in 11.66 to win the race.
Freshman Birexus Hawkins set a new personal best on Saturday en route to winning the 400-meter dash. Hawkins finished the quarter mile in 54.07 to climb to No. 73 on the NCAA rankings list this season.
A duo of Houston jumpers took home runner-up finishes at Rice on Saturday. In the men’s long jump, junior Antwan Dickerson leapt 24-1.5 (7.35m) to take second, while in the pole vault, sophomore Haley Houston went up-and-over the bar at 12-1.25 (3.69m).
With one of its top legs competing internationally in Burke, the Cougar men’s 4x100-meter relay team took silver at Rice. The squad of John Lewis III, Daniel Ford, Colin George and Jared Kerr crossed the line second in 39.90.
Jennifer Dunlap picked up a podium for the distance crew while competing in the 1,500-meter run. Dunlap finished the nearly 4-lap race in 4:35.50 to place third.
In the men’s pole vault, Hayden Flores picked up another bronze performance for the Cougars. Flores went up-and-over the bar at 14-11.0 (4.55m) to set a new season best.
Sophomore Cameron Prejean tallied Houston’s final podium finish of the night. A triple jumper by trade, Prejean took third in the 100-meter dash, when he crossed the line in 10.58.