PROVIDENCE – Junior sprinter Eli Hall has been named the American Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week for his performance in the Mark Colligan Memorial on Saturday. Houston has now won the honor in each of the three weeks it has been awarded.
Running in his first meet since joining the Cougars from Butler Community College at the change of the semester, Hall was in competition in the 60- and 200-meter dashes on Saturday. In the 60, Hall qualified with the fastest preliminary time at 6.66, and improved that time to 6.65 in the finals, falling to teammate Mario Burke (6.641 to 6.648), but running the eighth fastest time in the nation.
However, it was on the full-loop race where Hall left his mark in the record books. In the first 200 of his career with Houston, Hall clocked a 20.71 to win the race and break Robert Foster’s program record of 20.82 set on March 14, 2003, at the NCAA Championships. Hall’s time ranks second in the world and collegiately through the third week of the season.
The honor for Houston is the fifth this season, and the fourth for track specifically. Senior Cameron Burrell has earned two athlete of the week honors this season, (track, Jan. 17 and field Dec. 12), while Brian Barraza and Tori Williams each earned Track Athlete of the Week honors after the first meet of the year.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars return home for their first 2-day meet of the 2017 season, hosting the Houston Invitational on Jan. 27-28 inside the Yeoman Fieldhouse.
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