Track teams keep rolling at New Mexico meet
The Cougars continued their successful start to the 2010 track and field season with another strong performance this past weekend in the New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational on Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.
Collectively, the Cougars set three provisional marks, three personal records and turned in five of the top performances in program history.
Christie Jones got UH’s run into the record books started with her second straight provisional mark in the women’s 60-meter dash, finished in 7.44 seconds for the first-place victory. It was also the fifth-best time in program history. Whitney Harris came in second in 7.47.
In the men’s 60-meter dash, Errol Nolan clocked in at 6.7 — the fourth-best time in program history and good for a second-place finish. Tyron Carrier finished in 6.83 for a fourth-place finish, setting a personal record.
Nolan wasn’t done, earning a provisional mark while posting the fifth-best finish in UH history with a time of 21.20 in the men’s 200 meters. Isaiah Sweeney turned in a personal-best of 21.32 to capture third place.
Chris Carter notched a provisional mark with a leap of 15.87 meters (52-01.00) in the men’s triple jump, best among college competitors in the mixed field. Lamar Delaney came in third, jumping 15.35 meters (50-04.50). In the women’s competition, Quin’shundolyn McPherson earned first place with a jump of 12.35 meters (40-06.25).
Kalyn Floyd won the women’s 400 meters in 54.50, besting her own personal record by 1.5 seconds and landing in the record books with the third-best mark in UH history. For the men, Douglas Kelley finished third after clocking in at 48.37.
Nolan again found himself ahead of the field, this time teaming up with D’Korian Ford, Joseph Irabor and Kelley to take first in the men’s 1,600-meter relay in 3 hours, 13.99 seconds. The women’s 1,600-meter relay team — consisting of Harris, Tara Prier, Alysha Cook and Floyd — placed second in 3:46.45.
Other Cougars medaling included Cameron LaCour finishing second in the men’s 60-meter hurdles in 8.20 and Miles Beal-Ampah’s third-place leap of 2.04 meters (6-08.25) in the men’s high jump.
UH will be back in action when it participates in the Houston Indoor Opener on Friday and Saturday before hitting the road for the New Balance Invitational in New York on Feb. 5-6.