No. 24 Houston Receives First Top 25 Ranking
Jan. 28, 2014
HOUSTON – The University of Houston men’s track and field team continues to make history. The Cougars were selected as the 24th team in the nation by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2014 Indoor rankings after week one.
This is the first time in school history the Cougars have broken into the top 25, the highest ranking since the USTFCCCA rankings inception. Prior to this season, the Cougars highest ranking was in 2011 when Houston reached no. 28 during week four.
Freshman Cameron Burrell set the tone last weekend as he entered the program record books. He broke the school record in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6.55 seconds Saturday afternoon at the University of New Mexico’s Cherry & Silver Collegiate Invitational.
Burrell’s time is the fastest in the nation and was a personal best for the freshman. He ranks third in the 60m behind two seniors including top ranked Dentarius Locke of (Florida State). The freshman beat out Locke at the New Mexico meet last weekend.
Sophomore Leshon Collins originally broke the school record in the 60m with a time of 6.60 two weeks before Burrell’s record breaking speed. Collins ranks sixth in the USTFCCCA rankings with his top time.
Others receiving rankings on the men’s team is Issac Williams, John Horton and the 4x400m relay. Williams ranks no. 16 in the 60m hurdles with his personal best time of 7.81 set last season during the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational. Horton ranks no. 17 in the men’s triple jump. His ranking comes from his personal record leap of 15.75m (51’-8.25”) last season to win the Conference USA Indoor triple jump Championship.
Finally, Houston’s 4x400 relay team received a no. 12 ranking. The team’s 2012-13 season best of 3:07.60 was set at the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational.