HOUSTON – Houston sprinter Elijah Hall has been named the 2018 USTFCCCA South Central Regional Indoor Track Athlete of the Year for the indoor season, while Leroy Burrell took home the region’s Head Coach honor and Carl Lewis earned the Assistant Coach honor.
ELIJAH HALL’S SEASON
Hall, who is the only runner in the nation to finish in the top-5 rankings in both the 60- and 200-meter dash, broke his own school record in the 200 on Feb. 3 with a time of 20.51 at the Charlie Thomas Invitational, on the same track he’ll compete on this weekend at the NCAA Championships.
Hall, who ranks fifth in the country with the mark, won the American Athletic Conference indoor championships in the event.
Hall also claimed conference gold in the 60, where he enters the NCAA Championships with the third fastest time this season. Hall ran 6.58 to win the Tyson Invitational and collect the third-fastest time in program history en route to setting his season-best mark.
The senior is also a member of the Cougars’ 4x400-meter relay squad that broke the school record, while also claiming the American title and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the event. The team shattered the program mark, twice in the season, the latest the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA this season at 3:04.18.
The Katy, Texas, native was named American Track Athlete of the Week four times during the indoor season, and will be the first Cougar since 1996 to enter the NCAA Indoor Championships in multiple individual events.
Hall helped the Cougars by scoring 30 points at The American Indoor Championships, helping to clinch the team’s fourth-consecutive victory at the event and earning co-Athlete of the Meet honors. The regional award for Hall is the first for the Cougar men in program history.
HOUSTON’S COACHING STAFF
Burrell led the Cougars to their 15th indoor conference title during his 20-year head coach tenure and his 27th overall while at Houston. Following the title win, the Houston men’s coaching staff was named The American Coaching Staff of the Year for the indoor season.
Burrell coached Houston to its first top-10 appearance in school history in the USTFCCCA indoor rankings, and the squad enters the NCAA Indoor Championships as the No. 10 team, where the Cougars will enter three individual athletes and the 4x4 relay team into five events.
Hall (60 and 200) as well as Kahmari Montgomery (400-meter dash) and the 4x400-meter relay squad are all also coached by Lewis, who assists with the sprinters at Houston. Hall’s times along with Montgomery’s school-record 45.53 in the 400-meter dash which ranks fifth in the NCAA, gives Houston four top-5 times nationally entering the championship event.
Houston is the only program in the nation to rank in the top 5 for each of the four events and is one of only three programs to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in all three events.
The awards for the coaching staff are the first in program history.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Houston men will send three individual athletes and its 4x400-meter relay squad to compete in five events at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The two-day meet will be held over March 9-10 at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas.
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