Elijah Hall Named American Athlete of the Week for 5th time this year


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Senior sprinter Elijah Hall was named The American Athletic Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.

Hall helped lead the Cougars to three wins at the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, including an individual victory in the invitational 200-meter dash. Hall broke both the meet record and the Mike A. Myers Stadium record, when he posted a wind-legal time of 20.11. Hall, the NCAA Indoor Champion in the 200, now holds the fastest time in the nation this season.

Hall also ran as a member of the Cougars’ 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay squads that took gold at the relays. Hall anchored the 4x2, and chased down LSU in the final 100 meters to help the Cougars win with a time of 1:21.19.

Hall would return later in the afternoon as the second leg of the 4x1 that again edged out LSU, this time by four thousandths of a second, en route to running 38.92. That time moves Houston to No. 3 in the nation this season, and makes Houston the only program in the NCAA this season to have two different 4x1 teams post top-5 times nationally.

For his efforts, Hall was named the Texas Relays Track Athlete of the Meet following the event, and contributed to Houston being named the Men’s Team of the Meet.

The conference award for Hall is his first of the outdoor season, and his fifth combined of the indoor and outdoor slates.

For Houston, the Cougars have now claimed five outdoor Athlete of the Week honors and 11 overall in 2017-18. A week ago, Brian Barraza and Naomi Taylor swept the men’s and women’s track honors, while Samiyah Samuels claimed the field honor.

Amere Lattin earned the first outdoor (his second overall) honor of the season on March 20, while Tonye’cia Burks claimed the field honor during the indoor season.