HTownSpeedCity Hosting Houston Invitational (Scaife puts up NCAA #1 throw on Day 1)


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ABOUT THE HOUSTON INVITATIONAL
Action at the Houston Invitational begins in the field with the men’s weight throw at 10 a.m., Friday. Running events will kick off at 4 p.m. with the women’s 5,000-meter run. The women’s pentathlon as well as the first four events of the men’s heptathlon will also be held on Friday.

The action resumes Saturday at 11 a.m., with the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon. Individual events will open with the women’s shot put at noon, while the semifinals of the women’s 60-meter dash kick off the running events at 12:50 p.m.

A full schedule of events for the Houston Invitational can be found with the meet information by clicking HERE.

The weekend meet will feature women’s teams from SMU and USF as well as both men’s and women’s teams from Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar, Prairie View A&M, Rice, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Southern, Texas Wesleyan, UT Rio Grande Valley and UTSA.

Live results for the Houston Invitational will be made available courtesy of Flash Results Texas and can be found by clicking HERE.


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Taylor Scaife with a new meet and field house record in the women’s weight throw, at 22.65 m. That’s #1 in NCAA this season.

That distance would have been #1 at the NCAA Indoor Championship last year.


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Ugh…I so wanted to get out there today, but I’m a bit under the weather this weekend and won’t be able to make it.

It’s beginning to sound like a broken record, but Scaife continued to rewrite the history books in the women’s weight throw. Scaife left no doubt, obliterating her old record of 68-8.0 (20.93m), when she marked 74-3.75 (22.65m) on her final attempt of the competition.

Scaife, the reining American Athletic Conference Female Field Athlete of the Week, also broke the Houston Invitational meet record and the Yeoman Fieldhouse facility record with the effort. The mark moves her to No. 1 in the NCAA this season.

Scaife’s fourth attempt also broke her school record, when she threw 70-6.0 (21.49m).

Mikaila Martin grabbed third in the weight throw with a mark of 56-4.75 (17.19m) to set a personal record and improve on her fifth-best mark in program history.

Hawa Wague opened the first day of the Houston Invitational with her first collegiate pentathlon. A high-jumper by trade, Wague scored 3,640 points to place fifth overall in the five-event competition. Wague opened with 746 points in the 60-meter hurdles after a time of 9.82 before high jumping 5-7.0 (1.70m) to tally 855 points.

From there, Wague would throw the shot put 40-10.25 (12.45m) for 691 more points, before long jumping 17-6.75 (5.35m) for 657 points and running 2:30.12 in the 800-meter run for a final 691 points.

Jazmyn Tilford-Rutherford picked up Houston’s first victory on the track on Friday, winning the early section of the 400-meter dash. Tilford-Rutherford raced two laps around the track in 57.90 to take the victory.

In the qualifiers, a pair of Houston sprinters punched their tickets to Saturday’s final. Competing in the 60-meter dash, John Lewis IIIposted the fastest overall qualifying time at 6.81, while Terence Ware made his debut with the Cougars by qualifying fourth overall at 6.88.

ABOUT THE HOUSTON INVITATIONAL
The action resumes Saturday at 11 a.m., with the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon. Individual events will open with the women’s shot put at noon, while the semifinals of the women’s 60-meter dash kick off the running events at 12:50 p.m.

The weekend meet will feature women’s teams from SMU and USF as well as both men’s and women’s teams from Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar, Prairie View A&M, Rice, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Southern, Texas Wesleyan, UT Rio Grande Valley and UTSA.

Live results for the Houston Invitational will be made available courtesy of Flash Results Texas and can be found by clicking HERE.


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Montgomery’s winning time of 46.28 in the 400-meter dash bested the previous facility record of 46.77 set by 2008 400-meter Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt. The time is the fifth fastest in the nation this season and the best in The American Athletic Conference for the 2018 NCAA champion in the outdoor version of the event.

Junior Jermaine Holt joined Montgomery on the podium, taking third with a time of 47.80, moving to No. 4 on The American’s performance list.

Just 80 minutes later it was Igbokwe’s turn to rewrite the record books as he cruised to a win in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.85 to snap the previous facility record of 20.91 set by Merritt, and record the third-fastest time nationally this season. The time is also the fastest in The American this season and the fourth-fastest time in Houston history.

Ibokwe led a sweep of the event as Mario Burke took second with a PR of 21.08 and Amere Lattin was third with 21.23. Nicholas Alexander was fourth with a time of 21.73.

Senior Trumaine Jefferson improved his PR in the long jump by over five inches to claim a win in the event with a mark of 25-7.50 (7.81). The mark is the fifth-best jump in Houston history, the longest in The American and moves Jefferson to No. 7 on the NCAA list this season.

The men’s high jump saw Houston claim a 1-2 finish as Brendon Rivera took the event by clearing a height of 6-10.75 (2.10) to move to No.3 on The American’s performance chart. Colin George took second, clearing 6-8.75 (2.05).

In the final event on the oval, the quartet of Brandon Adams, Zion Smith, Frederick Lewis and Trumaine Jefferson claimed the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:16.40 as Jefferson took the baton for the anchor leg and deftly moved away from the competiton.

Lattin, who entered the day No. 8 in the nation in the 60-meter hurdles, claimed Saturday’s crown in the event with a time of 7.83.

Houston alum Chris Carter snapped his own two-year old facility record in the triple jump, winning the event with a world-leading mark of 56-4.50 (17.18).

Brianne Bethel clocked a time of 24.20 to take second in the 200-meter dash. The time moves Bethel to No. 4 on The American’s performance chart this season.

Houston took the top two spots among collegiate competitors in the women’s 3,000-meter run as Meredith Sorensen clocked a PR of 10:07.06 to take second overall and first among collegiate competitors. Jahnavi Schneider was just behind her with a time of 10:07.21.

Junior Justice Henderson clocked a PR of 7.50 to take third overall in 60-meter dash and move to No. 6 on The American’s performance chart. Classmate Samiyah Samuels was just behind in fourth with a time of 7.58.

Samuels advanced to the finals after clocking a personal best of 7.53 in the event’s semifinals while Henderson clocked a time of 7.54.

Samuels also took second in the invitational long jump, finishing the day with a top mark of 19-11.75 (6.09) from her sixth and final attempt. Henderson also competed in the event, taking seventh with a jump of 18-2.25 (5.54) while Naomi Taylor was eighth with a mark of 17-11.50 (5.47).

Taylor was back on the track shortly after the long jump for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles where she finished second overall and first among collegiate competitors with a time of 8.36. Whitney Ochiam finished fifth with a PR of 8.67 to move to No. 7 on The American’s performance list.

Taylor advanced to the finals by running away with the event’s first heat in a time of 8.34 while Ochiam ran 8.73.

Freshman Devin Vallejo-Bannister shaved over nine seconds off his PR in the mile, finishing sixth with a time of 4:19.07.


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Track and field team builds toward ‘monumental’ season

While individual records are great, a team title at the national level is the ultimate goal.

“We almost won the outdoor last year, but things happened,” Burke said. “We’re all older and stronger, so we can get it done this year.”

The sentiment is echoed across the whole team. Lattin believes this group of athletes has what it takes to bring home a national title.

“I know we do. We’re a confident team. We have the man power. No one on the team is mediocre. Everyone’s going for something, everyone’s shooting, everyone has a goal. We have our attention on our intentions,” Lattin said.

Burrell, an Olympic gold medalist, knows exactly what it takes to perform on the world’s biggest stage and knows what it takes mentally to achieve goals like a national title.

“I think we have a pathway. It’s just a matter of if you execute well,” Burrell said.

When asked about Elijah Hall and his own son Cameron Burrell and the shoes the team needs to fill in their absence, Burrell just said he thinks “Obi and Kahmari have pretty big feet.”