Former College track and field champion Cameron Burrell dies at 26

Cameron Burrell, the son of two Olympic gold medalists who became an NCAA track and field champion, died Monday at 26.

No cause of death has been shared.


Burrell starred at the University of Houston, where his father, Leroy, is the longtime track and field coach.

“My family is extremely saddened with the loss of our son, Cameron, last night,” Leroy Burrell said in a release Tuesday. “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. We are profoundly grief stricken, and thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers and support.”

Cameron Burrell’s father won gold in the 4×100-meter relay at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and gold on the relay  race at the 1991 and 1993 world championships. His mother, Michelle Finn-Burrell, won an Olympic gold medal in the 4×100 relay in 1992 and was an All-American sprinter at Florida State

Burrell was a member of the Houston Cougars track and field team from 2013-18.  He won the NCAA individual national championship in the 100-meters in 2018, matching his father’s feat from 28 years earlier. That season, he also ran the anchor leg of the Cougars’ 4×100-meter relay team, which successfully defended its NCAA championship.

He earned multiple All-American honors throughout his collegiate career. Burrell  ran the 100-meters in 9.93 seconds, beating his father’s school record by 0.01 seconds.

Watch this former race where he annihilated all competition

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