TAIPEI – Senior distance runner Brian Barraza booked a spot in the finals for the 5,000-meter run as the Houston Cougar Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams wrapped the fourth day of action at the World University Games, on Saturday, in Taipei.
Barraza’s race wrapped competition for Saturday’s evening session, where he competed in the first heat. Barraza crossed the line in 14:34.87 to finish fifth in the heat and qualify 14th overall for Monday’s final race.
The Cougars opened the day with a pair of distance runners in action in separate events. Junior Jennifer Dunlap began the day with a 21st place finish in the women’s 1,500-meter run in a time of 4:42.92, while alum Drevan Anderson Kaapa ran 1:52.76 to rank 33rd in the men’s 800-meter run.
On the straight-track, alum Tori Williams wrapped her competition in the finals of the 200-meter dash. Williams ran 23.78 and 23.79 in the first and semifinal rounds respectively before returning to post a 24.03 to finish eighth.
In the men’s 200-meter dash, Jacarias Martin returned to action for the semifinal round. After posting the top qualifying time in the first round at 20.87, Martin clocked a time of 20.96 to post the seventh fastest time in the round, however he did not qualify for the finals due to advancement rules that were set in place prior to the meet.
Junior Amere Lattin was the final Cougar to make his World University Games debut, when he stepped on the track for the first round of the 110-meter hurdles. Lattin went up-and-over the hurdles in 13.95 to finish third in Heat 1 and earn a berth in the semifinal round.
WHAT’S UP NEXT
The first round of the women’s and men’s 4x100-meter relay kicks off the fifth day of action at the World University Games. The women’s race begins at 10 p.m. CT on Saturday evening, while the men will hit the track at 10:25 p.m. CT.
Senior Antwan Dickerson will be the first individual athlete in action on the fifth day, when he hits the runway for the qualifiers of the men’s long jump at 10:15 p.m. CT, Saturday.
Sunday’s late session in Taipei begins at 5:10 a.m. CT, with Lattin’s second round of the 110-meter hurdles. If he qualifies, Lattin will run the finals at 6:30 a.m. CT.
Senior Tonye’cia Burks returns to action for the finals of the women’s triple jump at 5:20 a.m. CT, Sunday. Burks qualified for the final with a leap of 42-5.5 (12.94m) to post the ninth-best mark in the preliminary rounds.
Sunday’s action wraps with the first round of the men’s and women’s 4x400-meter relays. The women run first at 7:20 a.m. CT, while the men close out action beginning at 8:10 a.m.
SEE IT LIVE
Live coverage for each of the finals events as well as a handful of first round and semifinal events will be broadcast courtesy of the International University Sports Federation. Fans can find a complete schedule of the live streaming events as well as individual links to each sport by visiting the FISU website or by clicking HERE.
Live results for each event of the Universiade will also be made available courtesy of the organizations website. Start lists, heat sheets and live results can be found by clicking HERE.
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