Small group heading to Austin Friday and Saturday.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
American Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week, Taylor Scaife, will open the Texas Invitational for Houston in the women’s hammer throw. Scaife holds the 16th-best mark in the nation this season after becoming the first Houston woman to throw over 200 feet with her mark of 203-8.75 (62.10m) at the Houston Alumni Invitational.
Houston will also field a pair of nationally-ranked long jumpers on Friday, when Antwan Dickerson and Jared Kerr enter the competition. Dickerson opens action with the 16th-best jump of the season at 25-5.25 (7.75m), while Kerr ranks 16th with a mark of 24-9.75 (7.56m).
Also in the jumps, senior Tonye’cia Burks will look to improve on the 24th-best triple jump mark in the nation on Saturday. Burks enters the competition with a season-best leap of 41-10.5 (12.76m).
As always, Houston will be represented well in the sprints, including the 100-meter dash, where the Cougars will enter a top-ranked competitor on each of the men’s and women’s sides. Reigning American Conference Track Athlete of the Week, Brianne Bethel, enters with the 28th-best time this season at 11.42, while Mario Burke joins the men’s race with the 39th-fastest time at 10.40.
Nora Monie continues her impressive spring season by entering a pair of events with top-ranked marks. Monie enters the shot put with the 35th-best distance this season at 15.69m (51-5.75), while her discus toss of 170-4 (51.91m) sits 46th.
Priscilla Adejokun holds the 53rd best mark in the women’s shot put at 50-4.0 (15.34m), while Zach Oliva ranks 92nd in the men’s discus with a top throw of 170-10 (52.08m).