No. 5 Razorbacks Pursue 11th NCAA Outdoor Title in Eugene
EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 5 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team closes out its season at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. The Razorbacks head into the meet, which will take place June 10-13 at the historic Hayward Field, with 10 national qualifiers.
Arkansas has won 10 NCAA team titles with their most recent victory in 2003 where they won by a nine-point margin over SEC rival Auburn. The Razorbacks opened their outdoor postseason with a runner-up finish at the SEC Championships in May. The Razorbacks’ last NCAA title came in 2013 with an indoor victory on their home track in Fayetteville. The program has a combined 41 NCAA titles with 11 cross country, 20 indoor and 10 outdoor wins.
In the program’s legendary history, the Arkansas men have won 48 NCAA event titles with dominance in the distance and horizontal jumps which combine for 42 of their 48 titles. The Razorbacks’ last outdoor national champion was Josphat Boit who won at 10,000 meters in 2006.
Among the 10 qualifiers, three Razorbacks come to Eugene with the No. 1 performances in their events this season. Kemoy Campbell and Stanley Kebenei lead the way at 5,000 meters and in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively, while Omar McLeod is the NCAA leader in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.21 from the Drake Relays. Kebenei, the 2014 NCAA runner-up in the steeplechase, holds the national-leading time of 8:23.93 while Campbell is the No. 10 5K performer in NCAA history with his 13:20.39 at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
In addition to the three event leaders, the list of Arkansas qualifiers includes Nathanael Franks in the decathlon, Jarrion Lawson at 100 meters and in the long jump, Ken LeGassey in the high jump, Clive Pullen in the triple jump and the 4×100- and 4×400-meter relay teams of McLeod, Lawson, Kenzo Cotton and Marqueze Washington.
Franks is the first up for the Razorbacks with competition in the decathlon beginning Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. (CT). Track events are set to go off at 6 p.m. with semifinal rounds in the 4×100-meter relay, 3,000-meter steeplechase, 110-meter hurdles, 100 meters and 4×400-meter relay.
The NCAA Outdoor Championships will be more visible than ever before with 12 hours of television coverage on the ESPN family of networks with additional online streams dedicated to the multi and field events. In a format change to the schedule, the men’s competition will take place Wednesday and Friday; the decathlon will take place Wednesday and Thursday.
NCAA Championships Broadcast Schedule
June 10-13 | Hayward Field (Eugene, Ore.)
All times central
Wednesday, June 10
Multis/Field Events – 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Men’s Semifinals – 6 p.m. | ESPNU
Thursday, June 11
Multis/Field Events – 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Women’s Semifinals – 6 p.m. | ESPNU & 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Friday, June 12
Field Events – 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Men’s Championships – 6:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Saturday, June 13
Field Events – 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Women’s Championships – 4 p.m. | ESPN2
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