HOUSTON – Two Houston Track & Field athletes advanced to the next round in their quest for USA Championship Thursday at the USATF Outdoor Championships. Cameron Burrell (100-meter dash) and Kahmari Montgomery (400-meter dash) each advanced to Friday in their respective events.
The meet also serves as the selection meet for Team USA for both the 2018 Athletics World Cup on July 14-15 in London and the 2018 NACAC Championships on August 10-12 in Toronto.
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Burrell, the NCAA Champion in the 100, tied a wind-legal personal best with a time of 9.93 to automatically qualify for the semifinals by finishing second in his heat. The time moves Burrell up to No. 5 in the 2018 world rankings and No. 3 in the American rankings. He entered the meet ranked No. 17 in the world and 10th among Americans.
Houston alum LeShon Collins also competed in the event, finishing 24th with a time of 10.48.
The semifinals of the 100 will be held at 5:50 p.m. CT, Friday, while the finals will follow at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Montgomery sailed through to the semifinals of the 400 with an automatic qualifier, courtesy of a win in the event’s third heat. The junior from Plainfield, Ill, clocked a time of 45.71 to edge out professional athlete Michael Berry who crossed the line in 46.03.
Montgomery, who set the Houston record in the 400 at the Mt. SAC Relays when he ran 44.91, entered the meet ranked No. 21 in the world and No. 9 among Americans. The semifinals of the 400 will be held at 6:20 p.m. CT, Friday, while the finals will be held at 4:30 p.m. CT, Saturday.
Amere Lattin was the first Houston athlete on the track Thursday, running in the first heat of the 400-meter hurdles where he clocked a time of 51.85 to finish 21st overall.
Two more Houston athletes are slated to compete at the event as NCAA All-American Brian Barraza returns to the track for the first round of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 3:15 p.m. CT, Friday. Barraza posted a school-record of 8:40.25 in the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Championship to set a personal best and enters the meet ranked 25th among all Americans. The finals of the steeplechase will be held at 3:55 p.m. CT, Sunday.
Houston alum Chris Carter will hit the runway for the men’s triple jump at the USATF National Championships at 5:30 p.m. CT, Friday. Carter enters ranked No. 6 among Americans and No. 9 in the world in the event this season after landing a season-best jump of 56-8.50 (17.28m) at the Tom Tellez Invitational.
A full list of competitors, as well as schedules of competition and heat sheets can be found by visiting the USATF Outdoor Championship home page, or by clicking HERE.
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