HOUSTON – Houston Track & Field star Eli Hall will miss the upcoming IAAF World Championships in London, as a lingering injury will keep the Katy, Texas, native from competing for Team USA.
While the injury will cause Hall to miss the IAAF World Championships, the nation’s fastest returning collegiate athlete in the 200-meter dash will now turn his focus to a final season of collegiate eligibility with the Houston program.
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“While this is certainly disappointing, I did not want to hurt Team USA if I was not able to compete at 100 percent. That being said, I am really excited for next year and the Houston sprints group we’ll be able to put out on the track,” said Hall. “I’ve got five months to improve physically and to get into the best shape of my life. When the season comes around, I’m looking forward to helping our program compete at its highest ability on the national level.”
Hall qualified to be a part of Team USA after finishing third in the 200-meter dash at the USATF Championships on June 25 in Sacramento, Calif. Previously, he had claimed an American Athletic Conference Championship in the event with the fastest collegiate time of 2017, 19.96, before suffering an injury at the NCAA West Regional that would shut down his action at the event and the NCAA Championships.
Hall will return to the track for Houston for the 2018 season and will be joined in the outdoor season by NCAA 100-meter dash runner-up and the top returning collegiate athlete in the 100, Cameron Burrell. The duo highlight a sprints group that returns all four members of the NCAA title-winning 4x100-meter relay of Burrell, Mario Burke, Jacarias Martin and John Lewis III.
Burke and Martin also qualified for the 100 and 200-meter dash, respectively, at the NCAA Championships while yet another returner, Amere Lattin, qualified for both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles at the crowning event of collegiate track and field.
At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Burrell and the 4x100-meter relay squad combined to score 18 points for the Cougars, marking their highest point total since 1989 when Tom Tellez's team scored 21 points. The Cougars tied for 12th overall in the team standings.
Coming off its second consecutive American Outdoor Track & Field championship, Houston returns 167.5 of its 181.5 points from its 2017 title-winning squad. The three-time defending champion at The American Indoor Track & Field Championships, Houston returns 136 from its 174 points from its 2017 winning team.