April 25, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Sunny, spring weather and a full crowd on day two of the 120th Penn Relays gave the University of Houston track and field team a pristine stage for competition.
The men's 4x100-meter relay team of LeShon Collins, Issac Williams, James Arnett and Cameron Burrell have qualified for the Championship of America final tomorrow at 1:50 p.m. with a time of 40.34, the sixth fastest time of the meet. They will take on the four of the nation's top 20 teams in LSU (No. 3), Auburn (No. 6) and East Carolina (No. 19). Houston's fastest time of the season (39.85) is currently No. 18 in the nation.
The last time Houston made the Championship final was in 2004 and the last time the team won the title was in 1989 when now head coach Leroy Burrell was apart of the team.
Collins and Burrell have also qualified for the championship final in the men's 100m dash. Collins had the third best time of the day (10.46) while Burrell followed with the fourth best time of 10.47. The two will race tomorrow at 3:45 p.m.
Williams recorded the third fastest time of the day in the men's 110m hurdles with a time of 13.85, his second fastest time of the season.
Freshman Cameron Cornelius threw his third best mark of the season in the men's shot put throw today. He finished third overall with a mark of 16.84m (55-3).
The women's 4x100m relay team (Bria Carter, Kiersten Brewer, Alicia Perkins, Ngozi Onwumere) took third place in the collegiate finals with a time of 44.99, the foursomes second fastest time of the season.
PENN RELAYS DAY 3 - Saturday, April 25
1:50 p.m. - Men's 4x100 Championship of America
3:20 p.m. - Men's 110m Hurdle Championship - Issac Williams
3:45 p.m. - Men's 100m Championship - Cameron Burrell, LeShon Collins
4:40 p.m. - Men's 4x800 Championship of America
5:35 p.m. - Women's 4x400 Collegiate Final
The rest of the Houston track and field team begins competition at the J. Fred Duckett Twilight meet at Rice University tomorrow afternoon. Field events begin at noon tomorrow with the men's discus and women's hammer throw. The afternoon running events start at 3 p.m. with the women's 100m hurdles while the evening events are slated for 6 p.m. with the women's 4x100m relay kicking off.