HOUSTON – For the third time this season, Houston Cougar sprinter Elijah Hall has been named The American Athletic Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week after his performance at the Charlie Thomas Invitational, on Saturday.
Competing in the 200-meter dash, Hall crossed the line in a school-record time of 20.51, breaking his previous program-best of 20.71, which he set at the Mark Colligan Memorial on Jan. 21, 2017. Hall’s time also set a new meet record for the Charlie Thomas Invitational and moved him to No. 4 on the NCAA list for the 200 this season.
With his performance in the 200, Hall now has top-5 nationally-ranked times in two separate events this season. The Katy, Texas, native also owns the No. 3 time in the NCAA in the 60-meter dash after running 6.60 at the Leonard Hilton Invitational, on Jan. 12.
The award is the third this season for Hall and the fifth of his career. Hall claimed the honor in back-to-back weeks on Jan. 16 and 23 and was named athlete of the week twice during the 2017 campaign (one indoor, one outdoor).
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars split up the squad in three separate ways in the final tune-up weekend before The American Athletic Conference Championships. A select number of athletes will compete at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 9 & 10 in Fayetteville, Ark., while a handful of athletes will remain at home to run at the Howie Ryan Invitational inside Yeoman Fieldhouse. Houston’s distance runners will head west for the Husky Classic on Feb. 10, in Seattle.
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