PREVIEW: Burrell, Collins Head to Nationals
March 10, 2014
HOUSTON - Freshman Cameron Burrell and Sophomore LeShon Collins will represent the University of Houston track and field program as they head to the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.
This will be Collin's second indoor nationals meet and third national meet. Last season, Collins qualified for the 60m and as a member of the 4x100 relay at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.
No. 6 Collins started the season, guns blazing when he won the 60-meter dash at the Houston Indoor Opener with a record breaking 6.60. He crushed the home opening meet record, the school record and his own personal record. Collins was the No. 1 ranked athlete in the nation after his performance. He was named the American Athletic Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week in back-to-back weeks.
Collins was the first of four Cougars to break a school record this season.
Two weeks ago, Collins was named the American Athletic Conference Indoor 60m Champion with a time of 6.63, his second best time. He also took gold in the 200m with a personal best time of 21.04.
Teammate Burrell will join Collins at the prestigious meet. No. 3 Burrell made his way into the Houston Track and Field record books when he posted a 6.55 in the 60m at the University of New Mexico's Cherry & Silver Collegiate Invitational.
His time not only broke the school record for the second time, it was the fastest in the nation and a personal best for the Houston native.
The two helped the Cougars to a No. 23 ranking by the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association), the highest ranking in program history.
In head-to-head match ups, Burrell is undefeated against No. 3 Aaron Brown (USC), No. 5 Dentarius Locke (Florida State) and No. 6 Tevin Hester (Clemson). He has beaten Locke twice this season, once on the Indoor Track at the Albuquerque Convention Center, the location of the upcoming nationals meet. He has only lost to one top 10 athlete and that was teammate Collins at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships two weeks ago.