Cougars Set for World University Games

Aug. 21, 2017

HOUSTON – After a 17-hour flight and nearly 8,000 miles traveled, the Houston Cougar Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams are ready for competition as they become the USA Team at the World University Games on Tuesday.

In November, the Cougars were selected to represent the USA at the 29th Summer Universiade by the United States International University Sports Federation.

“Being named as the USA representative for the World University Games is a tremendous honor for our program,” Head Coach Leroy Burrell said. “This is an opportunity for the University of Houston to prove that we can compete not only on the collegiate stage but on an international platform as well.”

In all, 22 Cougar student-athletes and alumni made the trip to compete for the USA Team.

The World University Games is an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation. The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival staged every two years in a different city around the world, representing both winter and summer competitions. It is second only in importance to the Olympic Games. The games have been held semiannually since 1959.

Due to a 13-hour time difference, the Cougars will compete primarily in the early morning hours throughout the meet. However Tuesday’s competition is set to begin at 8 p.m. CT, with the first round of the women’s and men’s 400-meter dash. The men’s shot put and the men’s and women’s 100-meter dash will also be held on the opening day.

For the women, sophomore Birexus Hawkins and alum Kelli Hardnett will run the 400 in Heats 3 and 5, respectively, while incoming transfer Kahmari Montgomery will compete for the men. Senior Cameron Cornelius will throw the shot put for USA in Group A, while senior Cameron Burrell (Heat 9) and alum LeShon Collins (Heat 11) will run the 100 for the men, while Sierra Smith will run the straight track for the women in Heat 2.

Live coverage for each of the finals events as well as a handful of first round and semifinal events will be broadcast courtesy of the International University Sports Federation. Fans can find a complete schedule of the live streaming events as well as individual links to each sport by visiting the FISU website or by clicking HERE.

Live results for each event of the Universiade will also be made available courtesy of the organizations website. Start lists, heat sheets and live results can be found by clicking HERE.

Fans can keep up with the latest in University of Houston Cougar athletics by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/HoustonAthletics), Twitter (@UHCougars), Instagram (houstoncougars) and YouTube.com (Youtube.com/UHAthletics). In addition, the Track & Field team has established its own official Facebook (facebook.com/UHCougarTF) and Twitter pages (@UHCougarTF).



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