Jan. 13, 2014
HOUSTON - The University of Houston Track and Field program continues to receive national attention, as three Cougars were included in the preseason rankings released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday afternoon.
Sophomore Leshon Collins ranks third in the USTFCCCA Division I Preseason Rankings after recording a 6.60 in the men's 60-meter dash open Saturday evening during the Houston Indoor Opener. His time crushed the meet record, and the University of Houston school record set in 2004 by Stanford Routt. He also broke his own personal record of 6.67 from last season.
Collins continues to hold the collegiate national top mark according to the Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS.org).
Also in the ranks is freshman Cameron Burrell coming in at No. 13 in the men's 60m. He recorded a collegiate best of 6.67 to win the event during the first home meet last weekend.
The duo's scores placed the men's team 43rd in the nation among other top programs.
Senior Karley King also pulled a top 20 ranking in pole vault with her all-star performance at the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational on Dec. 8, 2013. She finished on top with a meet record and a career-high of 4.15m (13'-7.25"). King's mark was the best in the nation by two inches, and two inches away from the school record.
This past weekend King broke the Houston Indoor Opener meet record with a 4.00m (13'-1.50") vault to win the women's pole vault competition.
Houston preps to host the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational this Friday. Field events will begin at 11 p.m. while the running events start at 1 p.m. and continue on a rolling schedule.
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