The University of Houston will have three Track and Field athletes competing at the 2014 U.S. Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, over the weekend.
The nation’s best track and field athletes under the age of twenty will take part in this event. The competition will take place at Hayward Field, on the campus of the University of Oregon.
Freshmen Brain Barraza, Cameron Cornelius, and William Gibbs will get their opportunity to qualify for Team USA.
Barraza is scheduled to run in the 5000-meter run. He was the best distance runner for the Houston Cougars this season. Barraza had a great season last year as he won the bronze medal at the 2014 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, in the 5000-meter race.
Barraza also won a silver medal in the 2014 Indoor Conference Championships, as well as in the 3000-meter run.
Brain Barraza is ranked #3 in the 5000m and #6 in the 3000m according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Collegiate under 20 list.
Cameron Cornelius will compete in the shot put representing the Houston Cougars. Like Barraza he too had an excellent season. He is a 2014 American Athletic Indoor Champion as well as a NCAA regional qualifier. Cornelius is ranked #2 on the under 20 list.
William Gibbs, a hurdler, will be the final participant representing the Houston Cougars; he will compete in the men’s 110m hurdles. Gibbs is ranked #6 on the under 20 list. He also was a regional qualifier at the NCAA regionals. He recorded the fastest qualifying time at the conference outdoor championship for the 110m hurdles.
The championships will serve as a qualifier for the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. The top performers will be a part of the U.S. team, and will return to Eugene in the middle of July.
We wish these Houston Cougars the best of luck! #HAW