Campbell Rides NCAA-Leading Time to SEC Runner of the Week
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Having added his name to the all-time collegiate performance list, Kemoy Campbell has been named the SEC Runner of the Week for his showing last weekend at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Campbell becomes the fourth Razorback to earn weekly SEC track and field accolades in 2015, and the third to do so during the outdoor season.
Campbell clocked an NCAA-leading time of 13:20.39 at the Payton Jordan Invitational to become the No. 10 all-time performer in collegiate history. With his performance, he moved from eighth place to second on Arkansas’ all-time list in the event. Campbell is the NCAA leader by more than 10 seconds and the SEC leader by 31 seconds. He posted a 12-second personal best as the top collegian in the Stanford field.
The Manchester, Jamaica, native now owns top-30 national times at 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 meters with top-10 marks in the longer-distance events. Earlier this season, Campbell clocked a 10K time of 28:45.84 at the Stanford Invitational. This season marks his first outdoor campaign after redshirting in 2014.
After a strong weekend that featured 13 event wins and 26 season-best efforts, the Razorback men moved up four spots to No. 8 in this week’s USTFCCCA national rankings. Through the first six weeks of its outdoor campaign, Arkansas has 11 top-30 national marks with NCAA-best times from Campbell, Omar McLeod in the 110-meter hurdles and Stanley Kebenei in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
In a show of the league’s strength, Arkansas is one of a nation-leading nine SEC teams ranked in this week’s poll. The Razorbacks are one of five teams positioned inside the top 10; all nine are within the top 22. Arkansas faces the loaded field May 14-16 at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Starkville, Miss. The Razorback men most recently won the SEC outdoor title in 2013 and have won 18 overall.
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