Houston, Texas – Trinity's men's and women's track & field teams enjoyed two days of strong performances at the Houston Invitational this weekend.
Trinity excelled against non-Division III competition at the indoor meet, which was just the second meet of the season for the Tigers.
Jordan Juran and Molly McCullough both finished in the top 10 in the women's 3,000 meter run, with Juran edging her teammate out for eighth place in a time of 10:42.17. Additionally, Melissa Whitman earned an 18th-place finish in the race to round out Trinity's distance highlights.
Michael Erickson and Jacob Hammond also had strong performances in the men's 3,000 meter race, finishing 14th and 15th, respectively. The Tiger duo reached the finish line in less than nine minutes. Benjamin Creasy was 20th in the 800 meter run.
All-American Cody Hall opened up his 2018 indoor season by finishing seventh in the 60 meter hurdles and eighth in the high jump with a mark of 6-02.75. Hall qualified for the finals with a sixth-place finish in the prelims, then hit the line in 8.31 seconds in the finals.
Fellow All-American Britney Sullivan showed vast improvement from the first meet of the year, finishing 12th in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump this weekend. Sullivan jumped more than a foot further that last time out with her mark of 17-06.75 in the long jump and was five inches better in the triple jump (37-10.00).
Sprinters Nkolika Nweke and Christopher Stewart both had solid races in the women's and men's 60 meter dash as well. Nweke was 24th with a time of 7.89 seconds in the prelims, then was 18th in the semifinals with a time of 7.88 seconds.
Stewart finished 17th in the men's race in just 7.15 seconds and was also 10th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.81 seconds to lead three Tigers in the race. Christian Matta was 11th and Raphael Martin was 14th in the race.
In the 60 meter dash, Stewart, Matta, and Naim Barnett all posted solid times, with Stewart leading the Trinity trio with his 17th-place finish.
Elizabeth Peters competed in her first indoor meet of the season, posting 26.53 seconds for a 14th-place finish in the 200 meter dash. She also finished the 60 meter dash in 8.06 seconds.
Blair Walker and Seve Rodriguez were sixth and seventh in the 400 meter dash, finishing in 51.96 and 52.13 seconds, respectively. Rodriguez shaved 0.6 seconds off of his time from the Leonard Hilton Invitational on January 12.
Both the men's and women's 4x400 meter relay teams saw their first indoor action of the season as well. Walker and Rodriguez were joined on the men's team by Martin and Benjamin Witt and finished eighth in a time of 3:33.62.
Schneebeck also raced to a 19th-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles, while Defteraios was in the top 25 in both the 200 meter dash and the long jump.
Triniti Lemmons and Edwards were both in the top 25 in the 200 meter dash and the 400 meter dash, respectively.
After a week off, the Tiger men and women return to Houston for the Howie Ryan Invitational on February 9.