HOUSTON – The University of Houston Track & Field program put on a plethora of strong performances, winning multiple events and securing both season and lifetime best at the Boots Garland Invitational on the campus of LSU on Saturday.
Nu’uausala Tuilefano provided one of many highlights on the day as the sophomore shattered the 34-year-old program record in the Shot Put. Tuilefano etched her name in the record books with a toss of 16.49m (54-01.25) on her second attempt of the day.
Nora Monie got things going for the Cougars with the first top finish of the day for the team. Monie finished atop the standings in the Discus Throw with a toss of 51.64m (169-05) on her second attempt of the day.
Mikaila Martin earned the highest collegiate finish of the day in the Hammer Throw, improving upon the second-best throw in program history with a toss of 65.27m (214.02) on her sixth attempt.
The Cougar women matched the fifth-fastest time in program history in the 4×100-meter relay to take third place in the event. Justice Henderson, Brianne Bethel, Cecilia Tamayo-Garza and Tristan Evelyn combined for a time of 43.72. On the men’s side the Cougars took second place as Nicholas Alexander, Travis Collins, Edward Sumler IV and Shaun Mawanganyi combined for a time of 39.00.
The Cougar men secured a podium sweep in the pole vault as Christyan Sampy and Antonio Ruiz secured the third-highest clearance in program history at 5.31m (17-05.00). Ben Percefull finished in third place with a PR of 5.16m (16-11.00).
Brandon Seagreaves earned the second first-place finish of the day for UH with a win in the 1500-meter. Seagreaves clocked a lifetime best of 3:54.85.
Miles Marhofer bettered his previous personal-best in the Hammer Throw, securing a first-place finish and the second-best throw in program history. His best throw of the day was 62.17m (204-00) on his fourth attempt.
Brianne Bethel had a stellar day on the track with a top finish in the 400-meter, securing a personal-best in the process. Bethel crossed the finish line at 52.87.
The Cougar sprints did not disappoint as Tristan Evelyn earned the highest collegiate finish of the day in the 100-meter at 11.33 for third place on the women’s side and four Cougar men finished among the top-10 led by Shaun Maswanganyi at 10.18.
Christian Gilmore put on a strong performance in the 800-meter, winning the event at 1:51.60.
Houston had a fantastic day in the horizonal jumps as both squads combined for a trio of top-three finishes in the long jump. Samiyah Samuels posted a season-best leap of 6.27m (20-07.00) for second place. On the men’s side Benjamin Okafor secured a second-place finish at 7.44m (24-05.00), followed by Dayo Akindele in third place at 7.37m (24-02.25).
In the triple jump the Cougars posted a trio of podium finishes as Destiny Lawrence secured a third-place finish on the women side with a jump of 12.19m (40-00.00). On the men’s side former Cougar Chris Carter won the event, while Jadon Brome finished in second place at 15.49m (50-10.00) and Caleb Malbrough secured third at 15.17m (49-09.25).
The Cougars will return to action next week at the Drake Relays from April 21-24 in Des Moines.
HOUSTON ATTENDANCE POLICY
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