#NCAATF Podium Hunt: Omar McLeod
This is the continued series leading up to the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships in which the Razorbacks’ top qualifiers are featured. For the 12th time since first hosting in 2000, Fayetteville serves as the host site for the national meet. This year’s NCAA Indoor Championships will be contested March 13-14 at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
A two-day, all-session ticket for the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships is $30 for general admission. Tickets for the NCAA meet are available for purchase HERE, by contacting the Razorback Ticket Center at 800-982-HOGS (4647) or visiting the Ticket Center located just east of Baum Stadium at 1295 S. Razorback Road.
When to Watch
Preliminary: Friday, March 13 at 6:45 p.m. (CT)
Final: Saturday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m.
How He Qualified
McLeod opened his postseason campaign with a 7.49 performance to win the 60-meter hurdles at the 2015 SEC Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky. With his showing, he improved upon his own school record, broke the SEC meet record and tied the No. 2 time in NCAA history. McLeod had run a previous season best and then-NCAA leader of 7.60 to win at the Tyson Invitational. He is also a member of Arkansas’ 4×400-meter relay team that qualified for the NCAA meet with its season-best time of 3:06.98 at the Tyson Invitational.
History at the NCAA Championships
The Kingston, Jamaica, native is the defending national champion in the 60-meter hurdles. With his win last year, McLeod became the first Razorback in program history to win an NCAA indoor title in the event. He broke the school record in the semifinal with his time of 7.57 and then posted a 7.58 in the final to secure the title and 10 points. McLeod was also part of a third-place performance of 3:06.29 by the 4×400-meter relay team.
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