T&F to Compete at Red Raider Invitational (Scaife and 4x400 put up school records, Burke posts #1 time in country)

The 4x400 is going to be something to watch with Tech, LSU, and UH going at it with multiple teams.

Friday’s Red Raider Invitational will kick off at 10 a.m., with the women’s ‘B’ section 3,000-meter run and the women’s weight throw. A full schedule of events can be found by clicking HERE.

The meet will feature teams from the host school Texas Tech, Angelo State, Barton CC, Dallas Baptist, Eastern New Mexico, Hardin-Simmons, Incarnate Word, LSU, Lubbock Christina, Midwestern State, New Mexico JC, Prairie View A&M, South Plains, Stephen F. Austin, Tarleton, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Wesleyan, San Francisco, University of Southwest, UTSA, Wayland Baptist, West Texas A&M and Western Texas.

Live results for the Red Raider Invitational will be made available courtesy of FloTrack and can be found by clicking HERE.

Complete information for the Red Raider Invite can be found by clicking HERE.

Houston will see 20 nationally ranked student-athletes compete at the Red Raider Invitational, including a combined nine in the men’s and women’s sprints. Reigning American Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week, Obi Igbokwe leads a trio of ranked men’s 200-meter dash runners. Igbokwe enters with the nations’ third-fastest time at 20.91, which he ran in Lubbock a week ago, while Edward Sumler IV (21.46) ranks 23rd in the NCAA and Jordan Booker (21.71) sits 57th.

Four more men’s sprinters will bring some of the top times in the nation into competition in the 60-meter dash. Nicholas Alexanderleads the squad with a top-time of 6.73 to rank 18th in the country, while Mario Burke’s time of 6.75 places him 28th. All-American John Lewis III holds the 36th-fastest time at 6.77, while true freshman Jais Smith comes in at 68th in 6.82.

On the women’s side of the 60, Brianne Bethel and Ariele Adams will enter with two of the fastest times in the nation. Bethel ran 7.43 at the Texas Tech Corky Classic to move to 23rd in the NCAA, while Adams’ 7.51 at the Leonard Hilton Invitational slots her 53rd.

A trio of Houston hurdlers will race against the obstacles on Friday, including senior Amere Lattin, whose top-10 time of 7.82 at the season-opening Reveille Invitational gives him two top-10 marks so far this season (Ninth in 200; 21.06). Quivell Jordan holds the 51st best time in the men’s hurdles at 8.03, while Naomi Taylor will run the women’s hurdles with already having the 14th-best time at 8.33.

Two of the nation’s top long jumpers in the early season will be on display for the Cougars in Lubbock. Samiyah Samuels jumped 20-7.0 (6.27m) a week ago at the Leonard Hilton Invitational to move to No. 5 in the NCAA, while on the men’s side, redshirt freshman Lagarious McQuirter made his collegiate debut with the 12th-best men’s long jump this season at 24-11.0 (7.59m).

In the vertical leaps, Ben Percefull and Colin George enter the weekend with top-35 marks in the men’s pole vault and men’s high jump, respectively. Percefull (34th, pole vault) set a personal best at the Leonard Hilton Invitational when he cleared the pole vault bar at 16-6.75 (5.05m) while George (35th, high jump) jumped 6-10.25 (2.09m) to open the season at the Reveille Invite.

The Cougars will be well represented in the throws with four athletes entering inside the top-65 athletes in the nation, including two each in the men’s shot put and women’s weight throw. Felipe Valencia holds the 17th-best mark in the NCAA in the men’s shot put this season at 60-4.0 (18.39m), while freshman Triston Gibbons opened his career with a toss of 56-2.5 (17.13m) to rank 64th.

For the women, Taylor Scaife launched the weight 65-8.25 (20.02m) at the Leonard Hilton Invitational to sit at No. 20 in the NCAA, while Priscilla Adejokun holds the 57th-best throw in the country after a season-best 61-0.25 (18.60m) a week ago.

A full list of competitors can be found with the heat sheets by clicking HERE.

Great start for the indoor season so far. Coogs moved up to 3rd ranked nationally after last week’s performances.

Going to be a fun meet to follow.


Link to results.



Mario Burke and the 4x400 put up the top times in the NCAA this year.

Burke goes 6.56 in the 60m, which is only .04 off Eli Hall’s best time last year

4x400 puts up 3:03:31 which would have been the 7th best time (4th best as a team) and betters the mark the Coogs put up last year.

And this is only the 2nd meet of the spring. Good things happening on the track.

Coogs take it with a school record, 3:03.31.

Best I can tell, it’s the 11th fastest NCAA indoor 4x400 EVER!

Exciting stuff…I’d like to find a video of it.

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Same. Hope some videos start to float out at some point. I know the feed was on the Tech subscription service so hopefully someone captures it.






Houston saved perhaps its best show for last, wrapping up the meet with a historic effort in the 4x400-meter relay. The Cougar squad of Obi Igbokwe, Amere Lattin, Jermaine Holt and Kahmari Montgomery ran a combined eight laps around the track in a school-record 3:03.31 to take home the event. That time for the Cougars places them No. 1 in the NCAA this season in the relay.
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A trio of Houston throwers put on a show to open competition on Friday, when Taylor Scaife, Priscilla Adejokun and Mikaila Martinfinished one, two and four in the women’s weight throw, respectively. Scaife broke her own school record in the event when her third attempt traveled 68-8.0 (20.93m), moving her to No. 10 in the country this season.
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Adejokun posted the second-best mark in Houston history when her first attempt of the finals flew 63-10.5 (19.47m). Adejokun became just the second Cougar to break the 19-meter barrier and moved to No. 32 in the NCAA this season with the effort. Martin also set a personal best with a mark of 56-2.75 (18.41m), giving her the fifth-best mark in program history.
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The Cougars qualified three sprinters for the finals of the men’s and women’s 60-meter dash. Mario Burke picked up Houston’s first victory on the track after running 6.56 in the finals of the straight-track race. Burke’s time converts to 6.58 with the elevation change and moves him into a tie for No. 2 all-time at Houston and also places him second in the NCAA this season.
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For the women, Brianne Bethel picked up a podium finish in the 60, crossing the line in 7.43 to finish third, while Nicholas Alexanderalso qualified for the final for the men, finishing fourth in 6.74.
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Houston saw a pair of Cougars qualify for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with Amere Lattin on the men’s side, and Naomi Taylorfor the women. Lattin ran the third-fastest time in program history at 7.73 (converted from 7.71 for elevation) to take silver in the event, which moves him to No. 3 in the NCAA this season. Taylor ran 8.34 to finish fourth.
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Houston’s next win came from Cameron Laverty, who picked up his first victory of the season in the 800-meter run. Laverty finished the middle-distance event in 1:50.70 to take the gold and move to No. 5 in the NCAA this season. Christian Gilmore finished third in the 800 with a personal best of 1:51.37 to move to No. 10 in the NCAA.
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In the middle distance, Britani Gonzales picked up a podium finish for the Cougars. Gonzales completed four laps around the track in a personal-best 2:13.06 to finish third in the 800-meter run. Gonzales’ time places her 40th in the nation.
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Senior jumper Trumaine Jefferson made his season debut with a third-place finish in the men’s long jump. Jefferson’s only mark of the day traveled 24-7.25 (7.50m) to place him third in the competition and move him to No. 19 in the NCAA this season.
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Freshman Eddie Sumler IV took second in the morning session of the 200-meter dash. Sumler finished one lap around the track in 21.41, which moves him to No. 24 in the NCAA this season.
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In the vertical jumps, Hawa Wague picked up a bronze in the women’s high jump. Wague went up-and-over the bar at a season-best 5-7.0 (1.70m).
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The Cougars wrapped up the throws at the Red Raider Invitational with a runner-up finish for Felipe Valencia in the shot put. Valencia used his final attempt to throw 59-2.25 (18.04m) to take second, while Triston Gibbons placed fourth with a mark of 55-7.75 (16.96m).


Wow, Great job athlete’s. Thank You Leroy for hanging in there when I know the Athletic Dept. wasn’t in position to help. Again Thank you. Thank you Carl also for always being there when your University called. Shoot I remember during the mid 90’s when we moved back to Robertson and I forget how much it actually cost, 2-3 million, but the state of the art Track you paid for had to be pulled up and moved to where it is now. Just wanted to say from this little peon Thank You.
And I would be remiss if I also didn’t Thank all the other coaches that prepare our Athletes. Great start.


Question. Did we win the meet? How did the point totals result? Or do they not calculate that for this type of meet?

They don’t really calculate until the championships

Thanks Pray10

There is video! But you have to have a FloTrack subscription. :unamused:


Here’s the anchor leg of the 4x400


Here’s Burke’s 6.56


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