Houston Travels to American Indoor Championship (COOGS WIN Men's and Women's Titles)

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With Scaife and Adejokun doing so well in the Weight Throw, Coogs go into Day 2 with the lead on the women’s side with 38 points. Wichita State is in 2nd with 31.5 points and Cincy is 8n 3rd with 27.5.

Men head into Day 2 in 6th with 17 points. Wichita State leads with 40, Tulsa has 34, and Cincy has 32.5. No worries as the Coogs will put up a ton of points tomorrow.

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I’m not smart enough to do the math, but with as many qualifiers as we have in the finals, are the Coogs even capable of losing the team championship? Or to put out another way, are all the other teams mathematically eliminated going into Day 2?

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On the men, it’s just a formality at this point. Only question is when the Coogs clinch the title.

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Houston ended the first day of The American Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships with Samiyah Samuels (long jump), Trumaine Jefferson (long jump) and Taylor Scaife (weight throw) claiming conference titles in Birmingham, Ala.

Coming out of the preliminary rounds, Houston will send 26 into day two’s finals to try to fight their way to the top and take home gold. Naomi Taylor is one of the 21 that had an outstanding day in the 60-meter hurdles by running the fastest time in UH history, setting a meet record and rising to No. 8 in the nation with a time of 8.08.

Samuels took home gold as she became a back-to-back long jump champion with a distance of 20-3.50 (6.18). Phedenia George-Mosbey joined Samuels in adding to the team points, finishing fifth with a jump of 19-1.50 (5.83).

Jefferson later gave Houston the long jump sweep and rose to No. 10 in the nation, and No. 5 in UH history, with a jump of 25-8.75 (7.81m). Friday’s win was Jefferson’s second career indoor conference title, having also accomplished the feat in 2017.

Scaife remained undefeated on the season as she took the lead in weight throw on her second attempt and never looked back, as she threw 70-9.75(21.58) to claim the win. Alongside Scaife on the weight throw podium, Priscilla Adejokun finished third with a personal best of 66-6.00 (20.27).

In prelims action, Houston had a number of athletes who were ahead of the game qualifying for Saturday finals. Brianne Bethelgrabbed the second-best time in the 60-meter dash qualifying, 7.31, and will be joined in the finals by Tristan Evelyn (7.45)… As always, Mario Burke (6.62), Travis Collins (6.71), Nicholas Alexander (6.74), Edward Sumlet IV (6.78) and John Lewis III (6.82) gave Houston a dominating finals field in the 60-meter dash.

Taylor is sitting in first in the 60-meter hurdles eager to beat her outstanding time. Amere Lattin (7.85), Devion Wilson (8.08) and Quivell Jordan (8.17) all advanced to the men’s 60-meter hurdles finals.

Bethel also is also looking to claim a title in the women’s 200-meter dash, running the best time on Friday, 23.23, and will be joined in the finals by Birexus Hawkins (24.09). On the men’s side, Houston lays claim to six of the eight finalist spots as Obi Igbokwe (20.96), Alexander (21.07), Burke (21.15), Lattin (21.30), Sumler (21.31) and Jordan Booker (21.35) all punched their tickets to the finals.

Hawkins is also sitting in second in the 400-meter dash, trying to make her way to first on Saturday. Kahmari Montgomery (46.19), Frederick Lewis (47.78) and Jermaine Holt (47.83) are itching to take the top three places in the men’s 400. Freshman Christian Gilmore is headed to the finals in the 800-meter run after winning the second prelims’ heat with a time of 1:53.42.

The women’s mile final will also have Houston representation with Britani Gonzales (4:58.64) and Jennifer Dunlap (5:00.34) advancing while freshman Devin Vallejo (4:18.20) grabbed the final qualifying spot in the men’s mile.

Another important athlete to note is Nathaniel Mechler who is sitting in second heading into day two of the heptathlon with 3,011 points. Mechler recorded PRs in both the 60-meter dash and shot put to highlight his day.

The women’s distance medley team made up of Dunlap, Erin Derrow, Gonzales and Meredith Sorensen finished fifth and clocked the third-fastest time in UH history at 11:45.93.

The Houston men picked up five points in the distance medley relay as the quartet of Aaron Hurd, Jordan, Nicholas Hamilton and Cameron Laverty finished fourth with a time of 10:06.95.

Hawa Wague claimed a fifth-place finish in the pentathlon with a personal-best total of 3,728 points after recording PRs in 60-meter hurdles, long jump and 800-meter run.

Ben Percefull added two points to the Houston men’s team total with a seventh-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 15-8.25 (4.78).

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