HOUSTON – Taylor Levine’s second-place finish in the men’s long jump invitational event Saturday highlighted the Texas Southern men’s track and field team’s performance this weekend at the Houston Invitational.
At the University of Houston’s Yeoman Fieldhouse, Levine’s second jump of 7.78 meters (25 feet, 6.25 inches) was his best jump of the day and propelled him to second place in the event. He finished three-hundredths of a meter shy of the best jump by Houston’s Trumaine Jefferson.
Levine’s jump is the best by a SWAC competitor this season, and currently ranks 12th in the nation.
Other Tiger performers continued to climb the Southwestern Athletic Conference rankings in their respective events.
In the 60-meter dash, Roman Turner qualified for the finals of the event, where he ran 6.78-second dash. That result placed sixth in the overall finals, and third among collegiate athletes. In the 60-meter qualifying rounds, teammate Javan Martin ran the event with a time of 6.88 seconds, which currently ranks seventh in the SWAC.
The 60-meter hurdle race saw TSU’s Mykele Young-Sanders qualify for the finals, where he finished sixth with a time of 8.3 seconds. That time currently ranks fifth among all SWAC competitors.
In the longer distances, both Jorge Martinez and Jacob Price turned in performances this weekend that currently rank second in the conference in their respective events. Price placed sixth in the finals of the Houston Invitational’s 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 56.44 seconds.
Meanwhile, Martinez ran a 9:01.94 race in the 3,000-meter run, which also ranks second among SWAC competitors this season.
Price and Young-Sanders were also part of TSU’s 4×400-meter relay team which finished fifth out of 15 teams with a time of 3:18.47. Bronshaye Bolden and Kenneth White were also part of the quartet.
The Tigers will return to action this weekend when they take part in LSU’s Bayou Bengal Invitational.