McLeod Breaks NCAA Record, Razorbacks Third At #NCAATF Meet
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 3 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team registered a third-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Saturday’s action was highlighted by a collegiate-record performance by Omar McLeod in winning the 60-meter hurdles. With their weekend showing, the Razorbacks have tallied a top-three NCAA indoor finish in four-consecutive years, including a team title in 2013.
The Razorbacks finished the two-day competition with 39 points, scoring in seven of the nine events in which they had national entries. In addition to McLeod’s win in the hurdles, Arkansas scored with Kemoy Campbell at 3,000 and 5,000 meters, Jarrion Lawson in the long jump, Andrew Irwin in the pole vault and its 4×400-meter and distance-medley relays.
#NCAATF Scoring Breakdown >> 39 points
10 | 1. Omar McLeod – 60mH
8 | 2. Kemoy Campbell – 5,000m
8 | 2. Jarrion Lawson – long jump
6 | 3. Andrew Irwin – pole vault
5 | 4. Kemoy Campbell – 3,000m
1 | 8. Cotton/McLeod/Washington/Lawson – 4x400m
1 | 8. Dalquist/Cotton/Rono/Kebenei – DMR
McLeod successfully defended his NCAA title in the 60-meter hurdles in a collegiate-record time of 7.45, breaking the 18-year-old record of 7.47 set by Reggie Torian of Wisconsin in 1997. With his performance, McLeod also established a new meet and school record and had the largest margin of victory in the event in NCAA Championships history. He finished 0.24 ahead of the second-place runner while places second through eighth were separated by just 0.12.
In his second race of the weekend, Campbell turned in a fourth-place finish at 3,000 meters in 8:00.57 to add five points to the Razorbacks’ team total. He was back on the track after Friday’s national runner-up effort at 5,000 meters. He was the team’s top scorer and fourth among the men’s NCAA participants with 13 points scored this weekend. Arkansas’ final scoring came from an eighth-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay team of McLeod, Lawson, Kenzo Cotton and Marqueze Washington.
A tape-delay broadcast of the championship will air Monday, March 23, starting at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. Dwight Stones and Larry Rawson will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively, with Jill Montgomery reporting from track side. Replays of #NCAATF day one and two are available on ESPN3 and through the WatchESPN app.
#NCAATF Day 2 | March 14, 2015
Team Standings (Top 10 – FINAL)
1. Oregon – 74
2. Florida – 50
3. ARKANSAS – 39
4. Texas A&M – 33
5. Texas Tech – 31
6. Texas – 25
7. LSU – 19
7. TCU – 19
9. Akron – 16
9. Iowa State – 16
9. USC – 16
4. Kemoy Campbell – 8:00.57 [5 points]
10. Stanley Kebenei – 8:03.78
60m Hurdles (final)
1. Omar McLeod – 7.45 (CR, MR, SR) [10 points]
8. Cotton/McLeod/Washington/Lawson – 3:08.04 [1 point]
10. Clive Pullen – 15.76m/51-8.5
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