Sunday, April 24, 2016

HBU Track and Field Adds Eight More for 2017

One of the signees, Samara Hodges, is third in the nation and tied for the state lead in the high jump

From HBU Department of Athletic Media Relations Press Release

HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 24, 2016)  HBU head track and field coach Theresa Fuqua and her staff have announced eight more student-athletes, including one in the top three in the nation in the high jump, to National Letters of Intent to compete for the Huskies in 2017.

Samara Hodges comes from Mayde Creek High School in Katy, Texas. She is currently tied in the state lead in the high jump with a leap of 5’10”. Hodges’ mark also has her tied for third in the United States amongst high school girls. This season she has won seven of her eight high jump competitions.

Tatyana Jones is a hurdler from Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. She was the 2015 Idaho state champion in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.71.

Brandy Thomas competes in sprints at Lamar High School in Houston. Thomas’ specialty will be the 400 meters. She has a PR of 57.20 and is the 2016 District 20-6A Champion.

Sarah Tabor is a distance runner from Needville High School who will specialize in cross country and the longer distances on the track. Tabor finished fourth at the 2014 4A UIL State Cross Country Championships.

Imani Jacquet is a thrower from Goose Creek Memorial High School in Baytown, Texas. She is the 2016 District 22-5A Champion in the Shot Put and Discus. Jacquet has a shot put PR of 39-6.5 and is currently ranked 16 in Texas in the 5A division.

Chantel Ward is another thrower from West Columbia High School. She will specialize in all throwing events and is currently ranked eighth in the state of Texas in the 4A division.

Fuqua and her staff have signed two men who will specialize in jumps in Dominic Swoopes and Shemar Smith.

Dominic Swoopes will compete in hurdles and jumps and comes from Kingwood High School. He has PRs of 14.87 in the 110 Hurdles, 38.29 in the 300 Hurdles and 22-0.5 in the Long Jump. Dominic was the lead leg for Kingwood at the 2015 State Championships that won with a time of 3:12.44.

Shemar Smith competes in sprints and jumps at Whitehouse High School. He has PRs of 10.44 in the 100, 21.84 in the 200 and 22-5 in the Long Jump. Smith is the 2016 District 16-5A Champion in the 100 meters and his 10.44 mark puts him as the Texas leader in the 5A division.

2017 signees
Faith Crayton – distance – Tomball, Texas (Klein Oak)
Miracle Crayton – distance – Tomball, Texas (Klein Oak)
Ashlyn Dobson – hurdles – Baytown, Texas (Barbers Hill)
Samara Hodges – jumps – Katy, Texas (Mayde Creek)
Imani Jacquet – throws – Baytown, Texas (Goose Creek Memorial)
Tatyana Jones – hurdles – Boise, Idaho (Centennial)
Shemar Smith – sprints/jumps – Whitehouse, Texas (Whitehouse)
Dominic Swoopes – hurdles/jumps – Kingwood, Texas (Kingwood)
Sarah Tabor – distance – Needville, Texas (Needville)
Brandy Thomas – sprints – Houston, Texas (Lamar)
Chantel Ward – throws – West Columbia, Texas (West Columbia)

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