SACRAMENTO -- Junior sprinter Cameron Burrell advanced to the semifinals of the USATF Outdoor Championships as the Houston Cougar Men's and Women's Track & Field teams opened up a weekend of competition at three separate national championship meets.
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.
STILL TO COME
Houston will have three more athletes competing at the USATF Outdoor Championships including Eli Hall, Amere Lattin and Brian Barraza who will compete unattached. Sophomore Mario Burke will enter the Barbados National Championships 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.
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.
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.
For Barraza's steeplechase race, the top four times in each heat plus the next six fastest times 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.
Burke's 100-meter journey will consist of three rounds, while the 200-meter event will have two races. The top two athletes after each event of the Barbadian finals will qualify for the IAAF World Championships.
Collins, Burke and Bethel have each already punched a ticket to the IAAF World Championships for their efforts at the IAAF World Relays earlier this season. Collins helped lead team USA to a victory in the 4x100-meter relay, while Burke's Barbadian team took silver.
The following day, Bethel helped the Bahamas to a sixth place finish in the women's 4x100-meter relay.
The top-8 finishers at the IAAF World Relays earned automatic qualifying bids to the World Championships in August.
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.
Live results for the USATF national meet will also be available and can be found by clicking HERE.
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