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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1990 - Sports. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 11, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/21919/show/21815.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1990 - Sports. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/21919/show/21815

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Transcript >ports Talk Burrell UH sprinter continues strong tradition * he latest in a long line of track stars in Coach Tom Tellez's fine track program is RTV major Leroy Burrell. A senior from Landsdowne, PA.,Burrell ran the world's fastest 100 meters with a time of 9.94 at the USA/Mobil Outdoor Championships at Robertson Stadium in 1989. Burrell began running as a freshman at Penn Wood High School in his hometown. Amazingly, he didn't like track when he started out. "I liked baseball, but you have a tendency to focus on your best," Burrell said. "I started running my freshman year. I did well," he continued. "By my senior year I had several state records. It was then I knew I was talented." Competing alone, he single handedly won the Pennsylvania 3A State Track Meet team title. Burrell said he came to Houston because of the opportunities availible at UH. "I wanted to go to a school that had a good program for my major and a good sprint program. UH worked out the best for me," he said. At UH he has been able to train with the likes of Olympic gold medalists Carl Lewis and Joe Deloach. "It's good, but at the same time it can be self-defeating if you're not dedicated. But serious runners will enjoy training with the best," he said. Burrell had an outstanding freshman year that reminded many track experts of former UH great Carl Lewis. He qualified in three events for the NCAA Championships that year (100m, 200m,and Long jump) but was unable to compete due to a serious knee injury he suffered at the SWC Outdoor Championships in 1986. "It was the longest jump of my life. I lost control on the landing and I tore the anterior cruciate ligament," said Burrell. "I was on crutches for three months, then I began to rehab." "If he hadn't gotten hurt, he would have made the Olympic team in the long jump," said Head Coach Tom Tellez. "He had a great freshman year and then the knee injury. His recovery was tremendous," Lewis remarked. During his rehab, he lived with DeLoach, who saw Burrell's determination first hand. "After the injury, I really saw the dedication show. He never lost confidence in becoming a great sprinter," DeLoach said. Sitting out the 1987 season, Burrell came back in 1988 to compete well in both the long jump and the 100m. In the SWC Championships, he finished second in the 100m with a 10.17 and placed third in the long jump, with a season best jump of 26-6 1/4. In 1989 he really came into his own with several high finishes, including a second place in the 100m at the World Cup. He also placed second in the long jump at the NCAA's with a jump of 27-5 1/2. "Last year was my first year with two solid years of training and it showed," Burrell said. It was also the year of the 9.94 100m here at Robertson Stadium. "He really ran a good race; he put everything together," Tellez remarked. "I saw how talented he was and nothing he does now surprises me," Lewis said. In May 1990 Burrell shone at the Houston Invitational. He blew away all runners in the 200m with a time of 20.04. Are the Olympics in the future for Burrell? "He is definitely the young sprinter of the '90s in the 100m event," Lewis said.-Tom Kreitzer By my senior year, I had several state records. It was then I knew I was talented. -Leroy Burrell saw how talented he was and nothing he loes surprises le. -Olympian larl Lewis )id you know UH has produced at least one world class sprinter every year i the 1980s? REfp°rNOT 293