T&F: Houston Primed for International Spotlight - Mario Burke wins Barbados 100M, 3rd in 200M, Eli Hall 3rd in US 200M

Current student-athletes Cameron Burrell, Brian Barraza, Eli Hall and Amere Lattin will be joined by alum LeShon Collins at the USATF National Championships in Sacramento, Calif., while sophomore Mario Burke will enter the Barbados Meet in Waterford, St. Michael, and freshman Brianne Bethel will head to Freeport, Bahamas, to compete in the Bahamas Senior National Championships.

Burke will run in each of the 100- and 200-meter dashes in Barbados. The sophomore will open with the 100 at 8 p.m., Friday before competing in the 200 at 4:40 p.m., Sunday. Burke set his top time in the 100 with a 10.19 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, while his top time in the 200 of 20.83 earned him a silver medal at The American Championships.

Bethel will also compete in each of the 100- and 200-meter dashes on Friday and Saturday, with the preliminary rounds for each race beginning at 8:15 p.m., and 9:30 p.m., respectively. Bethel ran a career-best 11.40 in the 100 to claim silver at The American Championships, while running 23.47 at the Tom Tellez Invitational to set her 200-meter mark.

Junior Cameron Burrell and alum LeShon Collins will open competition for Houston with the first round of the 100-meter dash at 8:35 p.m., Thursday. Burrell set his top time of 9.93 to break the school record and earn a runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships earlier this month. Collins, representing Team Perfect Method, ran 10.11 at the Penn Relays in April.

Redshirt senior Brian Barraza joins the action when he competes unattached in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at 7:45 p.m., Friday. Barraza enters with the 15th fastest time in the competition at 8:32.48 which he posted at the J. Fred Duckett Twilight at Rice in just his third attempt at the event.

Sophomore Amere Lattin hits the hurdles for the first time since the NCAA Championships when he competes in the 110-meter hurdles at 1:20 p.m., Saturday. Lattin posted a season-best 13.79 at the Texas Relays earlier this season to reach the qualifying mark.

Junior Eli Hall returns to action when he competes in the first round of the 200-meter dash at 1:48 p.m., Saturday. Hall posted his top wind-legal time of 20.40 in the half-lap race to qualify for the finals of the American Athletic Conference Championships. Hall would go on to run a wind-aided 19.96 to win the event.

SEE IT LIVE
Live action of the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships will be available for three of the four days of competition. Friday’s action will air on NBCSN from 9:30-11:30 p.m., while NBC will hold coverage of Saturday and Sunday’s competition from 3-5 p.m., each day.

Competing in heat four of the 100-meter dash, Burrell crossed the line in 10.11 to finish fourth in the heat and post the 11th fastest time in the preliminary round. Burrell’s mark advances him to the semifinal round at 7:31 p.m., Friday. The top four athletes from each of the two semifinal races will advance to the final at 10:02 p.m., Friday.

Burrell posted the fourth fastest time among collegiate athletes in the preliminary round and was one of just five NCAA athletes to advance to the next round.

Houston alum LeShon Collins ran 10.20 in the third heat to finish 19th overall.










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STILL TO COME
Houston will have two more athletes competing at the USATF Outdoor Championships including Eli Hall and Amere Lattin.

Lattin hits the hurdles for the first time since the NCAA Championships when he competes in the 110-meter hurdles at 1:20 p.m., Saturday. Lattin posted a season-best 13.79 at the Texas Relays earlier this season to reach the qualifying mark.

Hall returns to action when he competes in the first round of the 200-meter dash at 1:48 p.m., Saturday. Hall posted his top wind-legal time of 20.40 in the half-lap race to qualify for the finals of the American Athletic Conference Championships. Hall would go on to run a wind-aided 19.96 to win the event.

The sprint and hurdle races consist of three rounds each. The top three athletes plus the next four fastest times in the first round advance to the semifinals, where the top four from each semifinal heat advance to the final.

The top three athletes from each final will advance to the IAAF World Championships in August provided they have met the qualifying standard for the world meet.













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With a trip to the IAAF World Championships on the line in the finals, Burke exploded across the line in 10.12 to claim the national championship by a tenth of a second. With the win, Burke punches his second ticket to the world championship meet after being a member of the 4x100-meter relay squad that took silver at the IAAF World Relays earlier this year.

Burke will be back in action at the Barbados National Championships when he competes in the preliminary round of the 200-meter dash at 2:40 p.m. CT, Sunday.

Sophomore Amere Lattin hit the track at the USATF Outdoor Championships on Saturday, competing in the second heat of the 110-meter hurdles. Lattin crossed the finish line in 13.91 to place fourth in the heat and book the 16th best time heading into Sunday’s semifinal race. Lattin will return to action in the semis at 3:04 p.m., CT.

Junior Eli Hall made his return to the track to wrap up Saturday’s action for the Cougars at the USATF Outdoor Championships in the 200-meter dash. Competing in heat two, Hall crossed the line ahead of the competition in 20.60 to post the eighth fastest overall time heading into the semifinals. Hall will return to action at 2 p.m., Sunday with a trip to the finals on the line.

Freshman Brianne Bethel wrapped her competition at the Bahamas National Championship, competing in the final of the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Racing among her nation’s top athletes, Bethel took fifth in the 100 in 11.72 before returning to place sixth in the 200 at 23.85.

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Hall in lane 7

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