Track & Field

Cougars end strong at Penn Relays, Rice

The Cougars’ big weekend came to close as the men’s 4x200m relay team placed third in the championship final of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Juniors LeShon Collins, James Arnett and Issac Williams as well as sophomore Curtis Brown ran the sixth best time in the NCAA this season to take the bronze, finishing behind two colleges from Jamaica.

Back in Houston at the J. Fred Duckett Twilight Invitational, the Cougars combined to set 19 personal records on Saturday.

Sophomore distance runner Brian Barraza was just shy of Patrick Picciano’s school record in the 1500m run of 3:44.48, which he set in 1988.

Selena Sierra was the top distance performer for the women after winning the 3000m steeplechase in 11:12.53.

Angelica Thompson posted two top-5 finishes for Houston. She finished fourth in the 100m hurdles (14.38) and second in the javelin (40.78m).

Houston’s long jumpers kept things rolling, putting up a pair of top-3 finishes to move up in the American Athletic Conference ranks. Marc Clerveaux finished third with a jump of 7.29m, which gives him the third best mark in the conference so far this year. For the women, Alicia Perkins jumped 5.84m to finish second and move into sixth in the conference.

Next up, Houston heads to Austin for the Longhorn Invitational on Saturday. Houston hopes to finish strong with the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships coming up next.

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