Rest In Peace

Former NCAA Sprint Champion Cameron Burrell Dies At 26

Houston pays respect to the remarkable runner.

By Danielle Wright August 12, 2021

Courtesy of UH athletics. 

FORMER NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPION SPRINTER Cameron Burrell has tragically passed at the age of 26. Burrell’s father and University of Houston's head track coach, Leroy Burrell released a statement saying the athlete died Monday. 

The cause of his death was not disclosed. 

 "My family is extremely saddened with the loss of our son, Cameron," Leroy Burrell said. "We are going through profound sorrow and ask that all of our friends, extended University of Houston family and the track and field community in the U.S. and abroad allow us to gather with our closest family and friends."

Burrell descends from a lineage of acclaimed athletes. His father is a former Olympic gold-medal sprinter, and his mother, Michelle Finn-Burrell is also a former sprint relay gold medalist. His grandfather Carl Lewis won nine Olympic gold medals during the 1980s and '90s. 

Courtesy of UH athletics.

From claiming a state title at Ridge Point High School in 2012 to his 2018 win in the NCAA's individual championship in the 100-meter dash, Burrell leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of his own within the sport. He’s earned the title of three-time first-team All-American in the 60-meter for 2014, 2017 and 2018 in addition to his triple peat for first-team All-American from 2016 to 2018.

Burrell was also on the 4x100 relay team that won gold at the World Junior Championships in 2012, and most recently, silver at the 2019 World Relays. Most notably, the athlete won as the anchor on the United States relay team that struck gold at the 2018 Athletics World Cup.

The University of Houston, Burrell's alma mater, will provide counseling services to track and field athletes, coaches and athletic department staff members.

Burrell is survived by his father, mother and brothers Joshua and Jaden.



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