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    July 3, 2014

    Schedule | Collegiate U20 List

    HOUSTON – Three University of Houston Track and Field athletes will compete at the 2014 U.S. Track & Field Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., this weekend following the Fourth of July holiday.

    The nations best athletes under the age of 20 will face off at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus this weekend. Freshmen Brian Barraza, Cameron Cornelius and William Gibbs will have their shot at qualifying for Team USA.

    Barraza is set to run in the men’s 5000-meter run. He was the Cougars top distance athlete this season and took home a bronze medal during the 2014 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships in the 5000m and a silver medal at the indoor conference championships in the 3000m. As of June 17, Barraza is ranked No. 3 in the 5000m and No. 6 in the 3000m according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Collegiate Under 20 lists.

    Cornelius will compete in the men’s shot put for the Cougars. He is the 2014 American Athletic Conference Indoor Champion and a NCAA regional qualifier. Cornelius is currently No. 2 Collegian Under 20, according to the USTFCCCA.

    Hurdler Gibbs is the third and final athlete to compete at the junior championships this weekend. He will represent Houston in the men’s 110m hurdles. He currently sits No. 6 on the Collegiate Under 20 list produced by the USTFCCCA. Gibbs was an NCAA regional qualifier and recorded the fastest qualifying time at the conference outdoor championships in the 110m hurdles.


     

     

    The championships will serve as a qualifier for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. Top performers will be part of the American team that will have the unique opportunity to return to Eugene from July 22-27. The 2014 edition of the IAAF World Junior Championships marks the first time the event has ever been held in the United States.

    Hayward Field has a rich history of track & field including the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials, USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, the annual Nike Prefontaine Classic, NCAA Division I Championships and Pac-10/Pac-12 Conference Championships.

    SCHEDULE

    DAY ONE - Saturday, July 5

    Men’s 110m Hurdles (First Round) – William Gibbs – 5:25 p.m.

    Men’s 5000m – Brian Barraza – 7:37 p.m.

    DAY Two - Sunday, July 6

    Men’s Shot Put – Cameron Cornelius – 4 p.m.

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