UH freshman starts well in Bayou City meet

February 9, 2008 7:28:43 PM PST
Freshman Kalyn Floyd, younger sister of former UH standout Ebonie Floyd, made her collegiate debut and took second in the women's 400-meter dash with a clocking of 57.65 seconds to lead the University of Houston track and field team during the Bayou City Championships on Saturday in Yeoman Field House.Joining Floyd was senior sprinter Tremaine Smith, who finished fourth in the men's 60-meter dash with a time of 6.83 seconds. Smith now currently holds the two fastest times in that event in Conference USA this season with a best of 6.80.

In the women's 60-meter dash, junior Sean Adigun took second with a time of 7.60. Freshman Christi Jones grabbed fourth place, posting a 7.63 finish. Junior Dayo Ogunniyi improved her personal best in the event with a running of 7.76 in the prelims.

Sophomore Ashley Bryant finished third in the woman¹s weight throw with a toss of 16.01m (52 feet, 6 1/2 inches). Also competing for the Cougars was freshman Kiara Pulliam, who posted a mark of 13.51m (44-4), good for a 10th-place finish.

For the men, freshman William Krokey finished with a mark of 14.94m (49 feet, 1/4 inch) to finish eighth in the weight throw. The toss was the ninth-best in C-USA this year and improved on his previous best of 14.63m (48 feet) set at the Leonard Hilton Memorial Jan. 18. Sophomore Brandon Hubbard finished 11th with a mark of 14.74m (48 feet, 4 1/2 inches).

In the shot put, Foster posted a mark of 13.71m (44 feet, 11 3/4 inches) and Pulliam added a toss of 13.30m (43 feet, 7 3/4 inches). Foster finished fifth and Pulliam earned a sixth-place finish for Houston. Also competing for the Cougars was sophomore Brittani Williams, who posted a mark of 11.42m (37 feet, 5 3/4 inches).

On the men's side, freshman Sidney Flores recorded a toss of 14.17m (46 feet, 6 inches) in the shot put, bettering his previous long of 13.72m (45 feet, 1/4 inch) set during the Houston Indoor Opener. Hubbard added a mark of 12.56m (41 feet, 2 1/2) for the Cougars.

In the 800-meter run, senior Jennifer Harper finished eighth with a clocking of 2 minutes, 18.39 seconds. Also competing for UH was senior Adriane Guinn (2:21.67), sophomore Erica Hannemann (2:23.35), freshman Lindsey Marshall (2:30.46) and Williams (2:34.50). Mahmoud Hard competed for the men and posted a time of 2:07.67.

Sophomore Antony Keller took a sixth-place finish, posting a time of 16:20.48 in the men¹s 5000-meter run. Keller's clocking is currently the sixth-fastest in C-USA this year, bettering his own mark of 6:31.42.

In the pole vault, sophomore Alex Bentley tied for fourth, clearing 4.95m (16 feet, 2 3/4 inches). Bentley currently holds the top mark in C-USA this year with a clearance of 5.05m (16 feet, 6 3/4 inches). Freshman Derek Schutz took 10th with a best of 4.80m (15 feet, 9 inches). Fellow freshmen Morgan Lancaster and Shannan Arnold finished sixth and seventh, respectively for the women. Both cleared 3.40m (11 feet, 1 3/4 inches), setting a new personal best for Arnold.

Freshman Laura Allred finished in a tie for sixth place in the high jump with a mark of 1.64m (5 feet, 4 1/2 inches).

In the women's mile, senior Oumama Hallal placed for the Cougars with a time of 5:17.82, finishing seventh. Also running for Houston was freshman Jasmine Trier, who finished with a time of 5:45.98.

Junior Laneeka Allen finished 15th in the women's 200-meter dash, clocking a mark of 26:13. Sophomore Justin Davis competed for the men in the same event, posting a time of 23.00 flat to finish 14th.

In the men's long jump, freshman Thomas Lang finished 11th, clearing 6.74m (22 feet, 1 1/2 inches). Also competing were junior Morgan Floyd (6.43m (21 feet, 1 1/4 inches)) and sophomore John Patterson (5.97m (19 feet, 7 inches)). In the women's 3,000-meter run, Hallal posted a 11th place finish with a time of 10:46.53. Also competing in the event were junior Kelcee Keenan (11:09.36) and Guinn (11:10.05).

Up next: The Cougar track and field team travels to Arkansas to compete in the Tyson Invitational Feb. 15-16. Houston will also host the UH All-Comers Meet on Feb. 16. The Cougars will then prepare for the C-USA Indoor Championships, which UH will host starting Feb. 29.

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