Houston Splits Squad for Two Meets (Program Records fall and Coogs position themselves for NCAAs)


Friday’s action at the Tyson Invitational opens with the women’s pole vault at 1 p.m., while the college division of the women’s mile kicks off running events at 2:15 p.m. Invitational running events begin with the men’s 60-meter hurdles prelims at 4:45 p.m.

Saturday will see the conclusion of the field events beginning at 11 a.m., with the women’s pole vault, while the second day of running action kicks off at 2 p.m., with the men’s 200-meter dash.

Including the Cougar men’s team, 15 squads ranked among the top-25 in the NCAA will be in action at the Tyson Invitational. The list on the men’s side includes No. 6 Arkansas, No. 9 Virginia Tech, No. 11 Indiana, No. 13 Houston, No. 14 Colorado, No. 16 Texas, No. 22 Florida State, No. 23 Kansas and No. 24 Auburn. On the women’s side, the ranked teams will feature No. 1 Arkansas, No. 7 LSU, No. 9 Texas, No. 14 Missouri, No. 16 Baylor and No. 23 Indiana.

A handful of nationally ranked sprinters will be in action for Houston at the Tyson Invitational, including senior Elijah Hall, who holds the No. 3 time in the NCAA in the 60-meter dash at 6.60 while also ranking No. 4 in the 200-meter dash at a school-record mark of 20.51. Hall will be joined by Mario Burke (36th; 6.71) and Joe Williams (73rd; 6.77) in the 60 and Jacarias Martin (39th; 21.33) and Amere Lattin (49th; 21.29) in the 200.

Lattin will also be in action in the 60-meter hurdles, where the Cougars enter a pair of ranked competitors. Lattin’s season-best time of 7.80 in the men’s hurdles ranks him 17th in the NCAA this season, while on the women’s side, freshman Naomi Taylor sits 47th in the nation at 8.38.

Elsewhere in the sprints, sophomore Brianne Bethel is scheduled to compete in each of the women’s 60- and 200-meter dashes. Bethel enters with the No. 32 time in the 60 at 7.37 while ranking 46th in the 200 at 23.78.

Junior Kahmari Montgomery rounds out Houston’s ranked sprinters in the men’s 400-meter dash. Montgomery clocked the third-fastest time in school history at the Charlie Thomas Invitational, when he cross the line in 46.28 to move to No. 10 in the NCAA.

Cameron Laverty enters the weekend as the nation’s No. 55 half-miler, after clocking a 1:50.77 in the 800-meter run at the Charlie Thomas Invitational. In the women’s distance, Maddie Brown enters as the 57th ranked student-athlete in the 3,000-meter run after winning the event in 16:53.99, the second-fastest time in school history.

Houston will have a trio of ranked competitors entering the horizontal jumps at the Tyson, including Tonye’cia Burks, who enters ranked No. 22 in the women’s triple jump with a top mark of 42-4.75 (12.92m) and holds a season best of 19-7.0 (5.97m) to rank 54th in the long jump.

Sophomore Samiyah Samuels leapt to a new personal best of 20-2.25 (6.15m) at the Charlie Thomas Invitational, and she enters action on the weekend ranked No. 19 in the NCAA in the event. Antwan Dickerson will be in action on the men’s side of the long jump, entering with the nation’s 39th best mark at a personal-best 24-7.75 (7.51m).

Action at the Howie Ryan Invitational begins with the women’s weight throw and the women’s long jump at 11 a.m. The opening gun will sound on the running events at 1 p.m., to signal the start of the women’s 60-meter hurdles, with the meet scheduled to wrap up with the women’s and men’s 4x400-meter relay at 7:20 p.m.

Junior multi-athlete Sebastian Russi highlights an impressive list of athletes in action at the Howie Ryan Invitational. Russi enters with the 57th best heptathlon score in the NCAA this season, with 5,011 points at the Houston Invitational and is set to compete in the 60-meter hurdles and long jump.

Heat sheets for the Howie Ryan:




Sprinter Elijah Hall continued to burn up the track in his senior season, picking up a victory in the 60-meter dash on Friday. Hall ran 6.60 in the semifinals to qualify second overall, before clocking the second-fastest time in program history at 6.58 in the final to take the gold. Hall’s time moves him into third place by himself on the NCAA list this season.

Junior Mario Burke finished seventh in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.84, however his mark of 6.67 in the semifinal round moves him to No. 17 in the nation in 2018.

Sophomore hurdler Amere Lattin continued to climb the rankings in the men’s 60-meter hurdles this season. Lattin qualified for the finals of the hurdles with the second fastest overall time at 7.83, before returning to the track to run 7.79 in the final and take the silver. Lattin’s time is a season-best and moves him into a tie for 14th in the NCAA this season.

Junior sprinter Kahmari Montgomery closed the opening day of the Tyson Invitational in a big way with a fourth place finish in the men’s 400-meter dash. Montgomery finished two laps around the track in 46.00 to tie for the second-fastest time in program history and move to No. 4 on the NCAA rankings this season.

Junior distance runner Meredith Sorensen opened competition in Arkansas with a runner-up finish in the women’s mile. Sorensen crossed the line in 5:06.36 to get the day started for the Cougars.

In the men’s invitational 800-meter run, junior Cameron Laverty turned in another strong performance with a runner-up finish in the event. Laverty finished the half-mile race in 1:52.93, just seven tenths of a second behind the leader.

In the middle distance, the Cougars picked up a pair of top-5 finishes in the half mile. On the men’s side, Nicholas Hamilton clocked a personal best 1:52.85 to take third in the collegiate 800-meter run, while in the women’s collegiate race, Ebony White ran the 4-lap event in 2:14.22 to place fourth.

Jennifer Dunlap wrapped the distance action on the first day of the Tyson Invitational with a fifth place finish in the women’s mile Invitational, crossing the line in 4:58.86.

In a loaded field of sprinters in the women’s 60-meter dash, sophomore Brianne Bethel finished 13th with a semifinal run of 7.36. Bethel’s mark sets a new personal best, while moving her to third all-time on the Houston 60-meter dash list and ranking her tied for 28th in the NCAA this season.

Sophomore jumper Samiyah Samuels wrapped up the field events on the first day at Tyson with a fifth place finish in the long jump. Samuels’ top leap traveled 19-9.75 (6.05m) to secure the top-5 finish.

Day two of the Tyson Invitational resumes at 11 a.m., with the women’s pole vault, while running events are set to kick off at 2 p.m., with the men’s 200-meter dash final.

Houston’s top performance at the home meet came from freshman Priscilla Adejokun and junior Nora Monie, who finished 1-and-2 in the women’s shot put. With the competition coming down to the final throws, Adejokun exploded to a personal best of 50-7.5 (15.43m) to win the event, while Monie’s final throw traveled 50-6.25 (15.40m) to place her second.

Adejokun’s throw moves her to No. 2 on the all-time shot put list at Houston and places her No. 49 in the NCAA this season, while Monie’s throw moves her to third on the Houston list, and 52nd on the national rankings.

A triple jumper by trade, junior Cameron Prejean gave the Cougars their first win of the afternoon in the men’s 60-meter dash. Prejean ran the second-fastest time in the opening round at 6.80 before qualifying first overall for the finals at 6.74. Prejean returned for the finals and again clocked 6.74 to claim the victory.

Freshman high jumper Hawa Wague picked up Houston’s second podium finish of the day with a third place finish in the high jump. Wague went up-and-over the bar at 5-6.0 (1.68m) to take the bronze.

Houston picked up a pair of top-5 finishes in the men’s and women’s weight throw. On the men’s side, Jose Herrera launched the weight 54-8.75 (16.68m) to set a new personal best and take fourth in the event, while on the women’s side, Mikaila Martin also set a new personal record with a top mark of 54-5.25 (16.59m).

Sophomore Nikesha Keith and freshman Nicholas Fernandes picked up a pair of fourth place finishes in the women’s quarter mile and the men’s mile, respectively. Keith ran the 400-meter dash in 58.64, while Fernandes finished the 8-lap race in 4:24.13.

The men’s shot put wrapped up the Howie Ryan Invitational, where Guillermo Galvan finished third in the event. Galvan used his fifth attempt to throw the shot a personal-best 53-3.5 (16.24m).

Taylor Scaife was unattached in the hammer throw




Eli Hall’s win in the 60M




Senior sprinter Elijah Hall concluded an impressive weekend with his second victory of the meet, taking gold in the 200-meter dash. Running in the fourth heat, Hall crossed the line in 20.52, just one one-hundredth of a second off his school-record mark, to win the Invitational race. Hall also won the 60-meter dash in Friday’s competition with the second-fastest time in school history at 6.58.

Hall helped the Cougars close the meet with a program record in the 4x400-meter relay. The team of Amere Lattin, Hall, Mario Burke and Kahmari Montgomery finished the 8-lap relay in 3:04.18 to break the previous mark set by Lattin, Burke, Quivell Jordan and Montgomery earlier this year at the Mark Colligan Memorial. Houston’s time moves them to No. 4 in the NCAA this season.

The Cougars picked up a pair of top-10 finishes in the women’s distance. Senior Maddie Brown finished the 15-lap race in 9:56.12 to finish sixth, while Jahnavi Schneider crossed in 10:10.72 to place eighth. On the men’s side, G.J. Reyna finished 11th in 8:35.30.

In the jumps, Paige Lawrence qualified for the finals of the women’s triple jump with a ninth place finish in Arkansas. Lawrence’s third attempt traveled 37-7.25 (11.46m) to post her top mark of the day.

In the women’s sprints, sophomore Sierra Smith and freshman Ariele Adams finished 26th and 27th, respectively, in the women’s collegiate 200-meter dash. Smith crossed the line in 24.34, while Adams finished in 24.38.

Houston’s women wrapped up their competition in the 4x400-meter relay with a seventh place finish in 3:45.65.


Hall, track team run NCAA leading times at Arkansas meet

Hosted by the No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks, senior sprinter Elijah Hall helped the Cougars to wins in the men’s 60m, 200m invitational and 4x400m relay. All three times rank in the top 5 of the NCAA this season and the relay race broke the school record that was set earlier in the year.