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Barbadian sprinter Jaquone Hoyte is slated to join compatriot Mario Burke at the University of Houston. Hoyte, who is entering his sophomore season at Western Texas College, will join the Cougars for the 2019/2020 season.
It’s a great opportunity for Hoyte as he will join one of the top programs in college track and field. UH, dubbed ‘Speed City’ by some, has a rich history in the sprints and has an accomplished coaching staff that features former 100 metres world record holder Leroy Burrell (Head Coach) and 9 times Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis (Assistant Coach).
The Cougars are trying to re-stock after losing All-Americans Cameron Burrell (2018 NCAA outdoor 100m champion) and Elijah Hall (2018 NCAA Indoor 60m and 200m champion) who both went professional.
Hoyte could also join another top sprinter with Caribbean roots – Travis Collins (of Guyanese heritage), who will join the Cougars next January after transferring from Butler Community College.
Hoyte enjoyed a strong 2018 that saw him recording personal bests of 10.27 and 20.58 seconds as a freshman in the NJCAA.
The 20 year old narrowly missed out on winning the NJCAA 100m title at the Outdoor Championships by the smallest of margins after being credited with the same time as winner Emmanuel Yeboah.
The wind-aided 10.07 (+3.0mps) was the second-fastest time in the NJCAA last season. He also clocked 6.80 over 60m indoors, which ranked 14th on the season.
After the college season, he teamed up with Burke to win gold for Barbados in the 4x100m relays at the CAC Games and silver at the NACAC Championships in August.