TRACK: Houston earns 100-meter, 4×100 NCAA titles

Published 12:01 am Saturday, June 9, 2018

The University of Houston might be the world’s fastest school.

Cameron Burrell and Elijah Hall went 1-2 in the 100 meters to become only the second pair of teammates ever to share the same podium in the event, and the men’s 4×100-meter relay team won gold as well Friday to give Houston a third-place team finish in the NCAA championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Burrell ran the 100 in 10.13 seconds, edging Hall by .04. That, coupled with the relay team’s 38.17-second run, helped the Cougars make a podium finish for the first time since 1959.

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Ohio State was second in the relay, followed by Florida and Arkansas. Northwestern State of the Southland Conference was seventh.

Brian Barraza nearly brought another championship to Houston when he ran into a barrier and fell down while leading with 300 meters to go in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He came back to finish 10th, more than 11 seconds behind winner Obsa Ali of Minnesota.

Georgia won the national championship with 52 points. Florida was second with 42, followed by UH (35), Southern California (34) and Alabama (33).

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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