WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Action on Thursday opens in the field with Taylor Scaife in the women’s hammer throw at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Scaife enters with the nation’s 40th-best throw this season at 191-3 (58.30m).
Running events kick off on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., with the women’s and men’s 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Birexus Hawkins makes her return to the track in the women’s event, while Amere Lattin hits the track for the men at 5 p.m.
The first day of action concludes with Blake Contreras in the men’s 1,500-meter run at 7:20 p.m., while Maddie Brown will cap the evening in the 5,000-meter run at 9 p.m.
Field action opens the second day of competition as well, with Nora Monie in the first of her two events, the women’s discus at 9 a.m. Monie enters with the 34th-best mark of the season at 169-0 (51.51m).
A full day of running action starts at 9:35 a.m., Friday with the preliminary rounds of the women’s and men’s 4x100-meter relay. The women enter with the 29th-fastest time this season at 45.15, while the men ran 39.85 at the Prairie View A&M Relays to sit third in the nation this season.
The straight-track hurdle events will follow with the women’s and men’s races being contested simultaneously on opposite runways. Lattin returns to the track for the 110-meter hurdles with the nation’s 14th-fastest time at 13.93, and he will be joined by Quivell Jordan in the prelims. In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, reigning American Athletic Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week Naomi Taylor enters with the 16th-fastest time this season at 13.45.
The women’s and men’s 100-meter dash competition will follow the hurdles, again being run simultaneously on opposite straightaways. The men’s side will see a field led by John Lewis III’s second-fastest time in the nation at 10.13 and will also include Nick Alexander, Mario Burke and Cameron Prejean. On the women’s side, American Champion in the 60-meter dash Brianne Bethel leads a squad of Ariele Adams, Essance Sample and Sierra Smith into competition.
Jared Kerr opens his Texas Relays in the ‘B’ section of the men’s long jump at 10 a.m., and he enters with a season best of 24-4.5 (7.43m) to rank No. 40 in the nation this season. Also at 10 a.m. Friday, Monie returns to action with Priscilla Adejokun for the shot put, where they enter with the No. 20 and No. 29 marks in the NCAA at 51-7.25 (15.73m) and 50-4.0 (15.34m), respectively.
Tonye’cia Burks makes her return to action in the women’s triple jump at 3 p.m., while Kerr concludes his weekend in the men’s edition at the same time. Kerr enters with a personal-best of 48-0.75 (14.65m) to rank 61st.
Friday’s evening session opens with Jack Thomas in the ‘A’ section of the men’s javelin at 6 p.m. Thomas returned to action after missing the 2017 season to throw 234-10 (71.58m) at the Cougar Spring Break Invitational and post the fifth-best mark nationally this season.
Houston will run in three relay events on Friday afternoon, beginning with the men in the sprint medley relay at 5:20 p.m. Following the finals of the 400-meter hurdles, each of the men’s and women’s teams will compete in the distance medley relay at 7:15 p.m.
The final day of action opens with the relays and each of the men’s and women’s teams competing in the 4x200-meter relay beginning at noon. Finals of the 4x100-meter relay will follow shortly after, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Individual finals kick off with the 100- and 110-meter hurdles events beginning with the women at 2:10 p.m. Following the hurdles, the finals of the 100-meter dash will take place at 2:55, where Cameron Burrell will also compete in the invitational of the men’s 100-meter dash to cap the straight-track races.
Elijah Hall and Jacarias Martin will make their individual outdoor debuts in the invitational of the 200-meter dash at 3:55 p.m., while the 4x400-meter relay will end the show at 4:05 p.m.
Field events on the final day will open at 3 p.m., for Houston with Samiyah Samuels and Tonye’cia Burks in the ‘A’ section of the long jump. Samuels recently earned American Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week honors after posting the fifth-best mark this season at 20-7.75 (6.29m). Antwan Dickerson will compete in the men’s event simultaneously, entering with the 16th-best collegiate mark at 24-9.25 (7.55m).
Competition will conclude in the field with a pair of Houston men in the ‘A’ section of the shot put. Felipe Valencia holds the No. 25 mark of the season entering competition at 58-11.25 (17.96m), while Cameron Cornelius ranks 70th at 55-3.0 (16.84m).
A full list of competitors can be found daily on the Heat Sheets link on the Texas Relays Home Page.