T&F Hosts Alumni Invitational


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WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The Houston Alumni Invitational will be action packed, especially in the relays, where the Cougars have posted some of the top times in the nation this season. In the men’s 4x100-meter relay, Houston is the only program in the NCAA to have two separate squads run top-5 times nationally, with its season best coming a week ago at 38.92 to win the Texas Relays. That time ranks No. 3 in the NCAA, while they have also run 38.95 (No. 4) and 39.96 (No. 28).

The women have two of the top 4x100 times in the NCAA at 45.15 (No. 42) and 45.61 (No. 69), while the men’s 4x400-meter relay team ran 3:07.81 at the Texas Relays to post the nation’s No. 19 time.

Houston enters with four of the nation’s top times on the men’s and women’s side of the 100-meter dash. John Lewis III leads a trio of men with the NCAA’s sixth fastest time this season at 10.13, while Mario Burke ranks 27th at 10.40 and Nick Alexander’s 10.54 places him 85th.

In the women’s 100, Brianne Bethel holds the 28th-best time nationally at 11.49.

Also in the sprints, NCAA Champion in the indoor 200-meter dash Elijah Hall enters the weekend with the fastest overall time in the outdoor version of the event with a time of 20.11.

Houston’s hurdle crew has looked strong this season with three athletes posting four of the NCAA’s best times. Amere Lattin holds top-10 times in each of the 110- and 400-meter hurdles at 13.72 (No. 7) on the straight track and 50.29 (No. 2) in the full lap race. Quivell Jordan holds the nation’s 12th-best time in the 400 hurdles at 51.11, while in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, freshman Naomi Taylor ranks 29th with a top time of 13.45.

Senior Brian Barraza will also be in action at the Houston Alumni Invitational. Barraza broke the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Victor Lopez Classic, when he ran 8:41.58 to post the nation’s third-fastest time this season.

Jack Thomas leads a laundry list of throwers on the national list into the weekend, with the sixth-best throw this season in the javelin. Thomas opened the season with the second-best mark in program history at 234-10 (71.58m) at the Cougar Spring Break Invitational.

Felipe Valencia leads four student-athletes into shot put competition on the weekend with a season-best mark of 59-4.75 (18.10m) at the Texas Relays to move to No. 31 in the NCAA. Cameron Cornelius also enters the men’s competition with a mark of 55-3.0 (16.84m) to rank No. 85.

For the women, Nora Monie enters competition fresh off a win at the Texas Relays, where she marked the second-best time in school history at 51-5.75 (15.69m) to move to No. 27 in the nation, while Priscilla Adejokun ranks No. 42 in the nation and third in school history with her mark of 50-4.0 (15.34).

Monie also enters with the 40th-best mark nationally in the discus after winning at the Texas Relays at 170-4 (51.91m), while on the men’s side, Zach Oliva enters at No. 82 in the nation with a mark of 169-10 (51.77m).

Taylor Scaife rounds out the ranked throwers after breaking the school record at the Texas Relays with the 34th-best mark in the NCAA at 195-6 (59.60m).

In the lateral jumps, Samiyah Samuels enters with the fifth-best mark this season in the long jump with a wind-legal 20-7.75 (6.29m), while for the men, Antwan Dickerson ranks 14th at 25-5.25 (7.75m) and Jared Kerr ranks 31st at 24-9.75 (7.56m).

Kerr ranks 92nd in the triple jump with a season-best 48-0.75 (14.65m), while Tonye’cia Burks holds the nation’s 22nd-best mark on the women’s side with a mark of 41-10.5 (12.76m).

A trio of Cougars hold top times in the vertical leaps, including a pair in the high jump in Hawa Wague and Colin George. George holds the men’s 34th-best mark at 6-10.75 (2.10m), while Wague’s mark of 5-7.0 (1.70m) ranks 70th for the women.

Freshman Ben Percefull holds the nation’s 87th-ranked pole vault mark this season after going up-and-over the bar at 16-0.75 (4.90m).


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Junior thrower Taylor Scaife stole the show for the Cougars after demolishing her own school record in the hammer throw. Scaife became the first woman in Houston history to throw the hammer more than 200 feet, posting a top throw of 203-9 (62.10m). The mark tops Scaife’s previous school record of 195-6 (59.60m) set a week ago at the Texas Relays and moves her to No. 16 in the nation.

Freshman Jennifer Ramirez also set a personal best in the event after her top throw of 154-7 (47.11m) placed her sixth.

In a first day that was full of field action, the Cougars picked up a pair of top-5 finishes in each of the first two events. For the men, senior Jose Herrera tallied a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw with a top-mark of 175-10 (53.60m). Multi-athlete Cassie Leal followed with a fourth-place finish in the javelin with a personal-best toss of 122-2 (37.24m).

Multi-athlete Luke Barksdale closed the day of field action for the men with a third-place finish in the javelin. Barksdale’s second attempt traveled 150-0 (45.72m) to set a new personal best.

A pair of women finished the afternoon for the Cougars in the pole vault. Sarah Howe and Olivia Winterkamp each went up-and-over the bar at 11-1.75 (3.40m), however Howe cleared on her second attempt to finish third, while Winterkamp went over on her third attempt to take fourth.


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Action began in the field on Saturday, where Nora Monie wasted no time in picking up Houston’s first win of the day in the women’s shot put. Monie used her fourth attempt to throw 49-7.75 (15.13m) to take the top spot. Priscilla Adejokun took third in the event with a top-throw of 45-9.75 (13.96m).

Monie would return later in the day to take second in the women’s discus with a throw of 161-4 (49.17m).

Senior Brian Barraza picked up Houston’s first win of the afternoon on the track with a victory in the 1,500-meter run. Barraza finished the nearly four-lap race in 3:46.82 to run the 42nd fastest time in the NCAA this season and break the Carl Lewis Complex record and meet record in the event.

Blake Contreras took third in the 1,500 at 3:56.72, while Devin Fahey placed sixth in 4:00.5.

Amere Lattin followed on the track with a win in the 110-meter hurdles. Lattin crossed the line in a wind-aided 13.92, while Quivell Jordan finished third with a time of 14.62.

The Cougars would follow with a sweep of the men’s and women’s 100-meter dash competitions. Brianne Bethel took first on the women’s side in 11.42, while Cameron Burrell posted a season-best 10.49 to win on the men’s side. John Lewis III took second in the 100 in 10.54.

The Cougars tallied another win in the field with a 1-2 finish in the men’s long jump. Jared Kerr used his fifth attempt to leap 24-8.25 (7.52m) to take the victory, while Antwan Dickerson finished second with a top mark of 23-10.25 (7.27m).

Kerr would return later in the day to take third in the triple jump at 46-10.0 (14.27m).

Samiyah Samuels completed the long-jump sweep for the Cougars with a win on the women’s side. Samuels jumped 19-8.25 on her first attempt and built a comfortable lead to pass on her final three attempts and take the win. Tonye’cia Burks took fourth in the events with a jump of 18-7.75 (5.68m) on her first attempt.

Burks would also take second in the women’s triple jump, setting a new meet record with a wind-legal mark of 40-5.5 (12.33m).

Birexus Hawkins returned to the track after missing the indoor slate to win the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday. Hawkins completed the full-lap hurdle race in 1:00.13 to take the gold. Quivell Jordan took second on the men’s side with a time of 52.16.

Felipe Valencia continued his strong season in the shot put with another win in the competition on Saturday. Valencia used his final attempt to mark 59-2.75 (18.05m) to take the gold.

Running events began with the relays, where the Cougars picked up a pair of second-place finishes in the women’s and men’s 4x100-meter relay. The women’s team of Justice Henderson, Brianne Bethel, Essance Sample and Naomi Taylor ran 45.50, while the men’s team of John Lewis III, Cameron Prejean, Trent McDonald and Trumaine Jefferson ran 40.88.

Freshman Hawa Wague picked up a third-place finish for the Cougars in the women’s high jump. The top-5 finishers all jumped 5-5.0 (1.65m), however Wague cleared on a later attempt to finish with the bronze.

Kahmari Montgomery took to the track for the 400-meter dash for the first time during the outdoor slate. Montgomery, an indoor All-American in the event, ran 47.10 to finish third. In the women’s 400, Jasmyn Tilford-Rutherford took third in 56.73 and Nikesha Keith ran fourth in 57.01.

Bethel would return later in the afternoon to take second in the women’s 200-meter dash. Bethel clocked a 23.10 in the half-lap race to move to No. 15 in the NCAA this season. On the men’s side, Daniel Ford also took second in 21.77, while Lewis III ran 21.80 to finish third.

Houston picked up two more top-3 finishes in the women’s and men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Kristin Powell won the women’s race in 12:21.24, while Chris Wallace took bronze in the men’s race in 9:42.00.

The Cougars capped the day with a third-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay in 3:22.57.


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