Huge weekend for Cougars at Rice
The UH track and field teams rolled through the competition on the final day of the Victor Lopez Bayou Classic, winning six individual events and setting 26 personal records at Rice on Saturday.
Sophomore Zach Oliva started Saturday off right for Houston by winning the men’s discus. Nobody came close to Oliva as he threw a personal best 52.70m and won the event by over three full meters. Houston throwers set seven personal records in 11 attempts on Saturday.
Senior distance runner Drevan Anderson-Kaapa put the Cougar runners in the win column with his 1:49.92 first place finish in the 800m run, followed by more Houston wins in the 100m dash from James Arnett , the 110m hurdles from Issac Williams, the 400m dash from Mayorca Young, and Kiersten Brewer in the 200m dash.
In total, the Cougars tallied up 17 Top 3 finishes, including two from senior Sade Mariah Greenidge, who finished second in both the 100m and 400m hurdles. Sophomore Bria Carter also finished second in the women’s 100m dash.
The Cougars continued their winning ways in the relays. The women won the 4x100m relay in the afternoon session with a time of 45.41, while the men capped the meet with a win in the 4x400m Relay in 3:11.16.
Overall both the men and the women finished in the top three. The women finished second overall, racking up 118 points, while the men finished third with 99.5 points.
The Cougars hope to keep building on their success when they head back to Austin next weekend to compete in the Texas Invitational. The one-day event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11.