The Houston Cougar Men’s Track & Field team will send three athletes to compete in four events, plus the 4x400-meter relay to the NCAA Indoor Championships, to be held across March 9-10 at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas.
Final rankings were released late Tuesday night, and Houston landed Elijah Hall (60- and 200-meter dash), Kahmari Montgomery (400-meter dash) and Nathaniel Mechler (heptathlon) as well as the 4x4 team on the list. Hall and Montgomery each enter the Championships with top-5 times in their respective marks, while the 4x4 squad enters fourth in the NCAA.
Hall becomes the first athlete at Houston to qualify for multiple individual events at the NCAA Indoor Championships since Darius Pemberton (55-meter hurdles and long jump) accomplished the feat in 1996. Hall ran the third-fastest time in the nation and the second-fastest time in school history in the 60-meter dash at 6.58 to win the Tyson Invitational earlier this season. At the Charlie Thomas Invitational, held at the same venue as the Championships, Hall broke his own school record in the 200 when he ran 20.51, the fifth-fastest time in the nation this season.
Montgomery will make his second trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships, and his first since transferring to the Cougars from Missouri prior to this season. Montgomery claimed The American Indoor Championship and broke the school record in the 400 a week ago, when he ran 45.53 to post the fifth-fastest mark in the NCAA this season.
Mechler will make Houston’s first appearance in the heptathlon since 2011 after a school-record setting performance at The American Indoor Championships. The sophomore claimed his second-consecutive title in the heptathlon after scoring 5,703 points in the seven-event competition, shattering Wesley Bray’s program-best mark.
Hall and Montgomery will join a combination of juniors Amere Lattin and Mario Burke, and freshman Quivell Jordan in the final race of the indoor championships, the 4x400-meter relay. Houston’s squad broke the school record twice this season and posted the fourth-fastest time in the nation, when they ran 3:04.18 to win the Tyson Invitational.