Houston Wraps Second Day of NCAA Championships

June 7, 2018

HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Women’s Track & Field team wrapped up the second day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, on Thursday, in Eugene, Ore.

The 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are held June 6-9 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The men will open action on Wednesday before wrapping up their season on Friday, while the women will compete Thursday and Saturday.

All four days of the NCAA Outdoor Championships will air on the ESPN family of networks. Friday’s finals for the men opens at 5:20 p.m. CST, on ESPN3 before the conclusion of the meet will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. CST.

A full schedule for the NCAA Outdoor Championships is available HERE.

In addition to the live broadcast, live results will also be made available courtesy of the NCAA. Live results can be found by clicking HERE.

Sophomore Brianne Bethel opened the second day of the NCAA Championships with her debut at the season’s final meet in the 100-meter dash. Bethel completed the straight-track sprint in 11.32 to finish 16th overall.

Bethel would return to action later in the competition, this time running the curved sprint race, the 200-meter dash. Bethel finished the half-lap race in 23.05 to finish 16th.

For her efforts, Bethel earned USTFCCCA Second Team All-America honors in each event.

Houston’s only field competitor at the NCAA Championships, Samiyah Samuels, made her debut in Oregon with an 18th-place finish in the long jump. Samuels used her final attempt to mark 19-11.75 (6.09m) and earn Honorable Mention All-America honors.



In the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Birexus Hawkins also made her debut at the NCAA Championships. Hawkins earned Honorable Mention All-America honors, when she finished the full-lap hurdle race in 1:00.92 to finish 24th.

7:32 p.m. – Men’s 4x100-meter Relay final
7:54 p.m. – Brian Barraza, 3,000-meter Steeplechase final
8:22 p.m. – Mario Burke, 100-meter Dash final
8:22 p.m. – Cameron Burrell, 100-meter Dash final
8:22 p.m. – Elijah Hall, 100-meter Dash final
8:32 p.m. – Kahmari Montgomery, 400-meter Dash final
9:51 p.m. – Men’s 4x400-meter Relay Final

A full list of athletes competing at the NCAA Championships can be found via the start lists by clicking HERE for the men and HERE for the women.

2018 marks the 35th season (fifth consecutive) that the Cougars have been represented by the men’s team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. As a team, the Houston has finished inside the top-15 on 15 occasions, including a 10th-place finish in 2016 and a 12th-place finish a season ago.

The women’s team will send representatives to the NCAA Championships for the 23rd time in program history and the first since the 2015 season.

To celebrate the Houston Cougar Track & Field program’s incredible season, the Cougars will host Happy Hour from 6-8 p.m., Monday, June 11, at BB’s Café on Westheimer. The event is open to the public and guests will be treated to Head Coach Leroy Burrell and Assistant Coach Carl Lewis addressing the crowd and joining in the celebration.

The address for BB’s Café is 6154 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas, 77057.

Fans can keep up with the latest in University of Houston Cougar athletics by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/HoustonAthletics), Twitter (@UHCougars), Instagram (houstoncougars) and YouTube.com (Youtube.com/UHAthletics). In addition, the Track & Field team has established its own official Facebook (facebook.com/UHCougarTF) and Twitter pages (@UHCougarTF).

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