Three Cougars to Compete at U.S. Junior Championships
July 3, 2014
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.
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.
Follow Houston Track & Field on Twitter @UHCougarTF and "Like" /HoustonCougarTrackandField on Facebook.
2014 FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS
As the 2013-14 track & field season comes to a close, Houston fans can guarantee a place in history by purchasing season tickets for the first ever season in the new Houston Football Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale starting at just $140 as are Memorial Hermann Family Plan four-pack season tickets, two adult and two youth, for just $299. Lower-level reserved season tickets start at just $200.
University of Houston alumni from the last five years (2010-14) can purchase season tickets for just $125 (upper levels) and $175 (lower level) in specially-designated Young Alumni sections with a multiplier of four times donations to Cougar Pride giving levels for the first five years after graduation.
Houston opens the 2014 season at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, when it hosts UTSA in the first ever game in the Houston Football Stadium.
GROUP TICKET INFORMATION
Single-game group ticket sales for the inaugural season in the Houston Football Stadium are now on sale via the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. Groups of at least 10 or more can purchase tickets starting at just $21 per person to any of Houston's seven home games, including 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, by calling the Houston Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS or by clicking here.