Houston – Strong showings in the 200 highlighted a day of solid competition for Texas A&M on Saturday at the Houston Invitational, held at Tom Tellez Stadium on the University of Houston campus.
In addition to season best marks for a number of Aggie sprinters, A&M freshman Gerald Phiri claimed the Zambian national record in the 200 with a time of 20.62.
The weekend effort included nine victories, five as the top collegiate, for Texas A&M in its final regular season meet. In two weeks the Aggies will compete for conference titles at the Big 12 Championships.
Overall A&M winners included Porscha Lucas taking the 100 in a wind-aided 11.26 seconds over former Cougar Ebonie Floyd (11.37) along with the men’s and women’s 4 x 400 relay, where times of 3:07.87 and 3:38.78 claimed victories.
Top collegiate finishes for A&M included Allison George (200), Gerald Phiri (200), Cade Liverman (110 hurdles), and Jennifer Williams (400 hurdles).
While Phiri posted a wind-legal 20.62 in the men’s 200, George recorded a windy 23.35 while Liverman produced a windy 13.93. Having to face a stiff wind for half of her race, Williams ran 1:01.51 in the 400 hurdles.
Earlier this season Phiri equaled the Zambian 100 record of 10.20, also held by Clifton Bufuku from 1995. Phiri’s 200 time in Houston bettered Bufuku’s national mark of 20.77 from 1994.
Phiri also became the No. 10 performer on the Aggie all-time list. His previous best marks in the event were a 21.34 and a windy 20.92.
Chris Dykes finished behind Phiri in the 200 with a 20.69 clocking. The race was won by Chris Lloyd, of API Track Club, in 20.31 seconds. Other marks from Aggie sprinters included Dominique Stafford (21.32), Bryan Miller (21.52w), and Trinity Otto (21.64w).
Following the top two marks from Nike sprinters Natasha Hastings (22.97w) and Ebonie Floyd (23.02w), George led a 1-2-3-4 Aggie finish among the collegians.
Khrystal Carter (23.40w) was the second collegian and fourth overall with Elizabeth Adeoti (23.52w) and Jessica Beard (23.55w) taking the next pair of positions. Other marks for A&M sprinters included Sandey Wooten (23.97w) and Katie Baker (24.28w).
A late charge allowed Houston’s Jason Perez to slip past A&M’s Nick Robinson for the win in 400 hurdles. Perez crossed the line with a 50.62 winning time while Robinson was runner-up in 50.65. NCAA All-American Hamza Deyaf of Texas placed third in 51.54. Liverman ran 55.62.
In the 400 the Aggies went 2-3 with A.C. Robinson running 46.75 and Justin Oliver posting 46.92. Other marks for the Aggies included Morquise Cleveland (47.80) and Jonathan Collins (48.34).
Running on the winning 4 x 400 relay for the A&M men were Miller (47.1), A.C. Robinson (46.6), Dykes (48.1) and Oliver (46.1). They defeated Texas (3:08.11) and Prairie View A&M (3:09.17).
Nick Robinson (47.4) led off a second 1,600-meter relay that placed fourth in 3:09.65. Others on the squad were Cleveland (46.7), Collins (47.7) and Otto (47.9).
The Aggie women won the 4 x 400 relay with a foursome of George (53.9), Lucas (55.1), Simone Facey (55.6) and Baker (54.1).
Josh Tiemann hit a mark of 177-1 (53.98) to place second in the discus while teammate Dylan Conway finished fifth with a toss of 172-4 (52.53).
Anteneshia Lindsey placed second in the women’s discus with a toss of 160-0 (48.76). Jordan Kana finished seventh (139-6 / 42.51) while Emalie Humphreys was 11th (125-10 / 38.36).
With a windy distance of 49-4 ½ (15.05) Terry Dike finished third in the triple jump and was the second collegian.
Kevin Ondrasek led a 3-4-7 finish for A&M among collegians in the 800. Ondrasek recorded a time of 1:52.31 while Wes Caceras posted a career best1:53.15 and Michael Marek ran a personal best of 1:54.19.
Dusty Langwell ran 3:59.38 for fourth place in the 1,500. Graham Northcutt clocked 4:04.92 for seventh. Whitney Holmes finished fourth overall in the 100 hurdles with a wind-aided 13.69 and was the second collegiate finisher.
With a time of 14.16w Melvin Echard finished fifth in the 110 hurdles and was the third collegian. Trinity Otto clocked a time of 15.00.
Following the winning time by Lucas in the women’s 100, Carter and Adeoti each recorded a time of 11.60 to place sixth and seventh, respectively as they were the second and third fastest collegians.
Brandon Letsinger placed seventh in the high jump with a clearance of 6-4 ¾ (1.95). Vincent Scillitani produced a mark of 23-6w (7.16) for seventh place in the long jump. The event was won by Fabrice Lapierre, a former Aggie, with a windy jump of 26-3 (8.00).
Another former Aggie in the meet was Clora Williams, who ran an impressive 52.01 to place second to the 50.82 recorded by Hastings. Sandy Wooten ran 55.39 to place seventh overall.