Kenzo Cotton

Sr | 6-2 | Sprints | La Vista, Neb. | Papillion La Vista HS


  • 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier (100, 200)
  • 2017 & 2018 USATF Championships Finalist
  • NCAA Champion (4-x-100)
  • 19-Time All-American
  • 2018 First-Team All-SEC
  • 2018 Second-Team All-SEC
  • 2016 Second Team All-SEC (60)
  • 2015 SEC Outdoor Co-Freshman of the Year
  • 2015 SEC All-Freshman Team (Outdoor: 200)
  • Arkansas 60-meter record-holder

Senior (2018)
Opened up his final indoor season with a first-place finish in the 60 at the Arkansas Invitational (Jan. 12) and the Simmons-Harvey Quad (Jan. 20) … Ran his best time of the season in the 60 finishing second with a time of 6.59 at the Tyson Invitational (Feb. 9) where he also ran the 200 finishing fourth with a time of 20.79…. Cotton was awarded with the SEC Cliff Harper Trophy for being the top scorer at the SEC Indoor Championships (Feb. 25) … Became the first Razorback to ever win the 60-meter dash at the SEC Indoor Championships matching his season-best time of 6.59 and ran a personal best of 20.61 in the 200 earning a silver medal helping Arkansas to finish second in the team standings …. At the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 3) he competed in the 60 and 200 making him a 16-time Razorback All-American…  Competed in nine meets during the outdoor season… Posted eight first-place finishes… Ran season-best times of 10.12w/10.14 in the 100-meters, and 20.38 in the 200-meters… Named Second-Team All-SEC following scoring performances in the 100-meters, 200-meters, and as a member of the 4-x-100-meter relay… Earned All-American honors in the 100-meters, 200-meters, and 4-x-100-meter relay at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore… Finished his career as a Razorback at the USATF Championships advancing to the final of the 200-meters finishing fifth

Junior (2017)
NCAA Outdoor First Team All-American (4-x-100), NCAA Outdoor Second Team All-American (100, 200), NCAA Indoor First Team (60, 200) … Runner-up in the 60 at the Arkansas Invitational to open the season … Ran a season-best of 6.66 in the 60 at the Razorback Invitational to place second … Scored 11 points for Arkansas at the SEC Indoor Championships off a fourth-place finish in the 200 and third-place finish in the 60, earning All-SEC recognition in the latter … Qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60 and 200 … Wrapped up the indoor season with a pair of top-eight finishes, placing seventh in the 200 and eighth in the 60 … Opened up outdoor season with a runner-up finish in the 100 at the Baylor Invitational … Captured the 200-meter title at the John McDonnell Invitational, while placing second in the 100 … Assisted Arkansas’ SMR and 4-x-100-meter relay teams to top-three finishes at the SEC Relays … Followed those performances up with a fourth-place finish in the 100 at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100, 200 and as a member of Arkansas’ 4-x-100 relay team … Completed the collegiate season with a pair of top-12 finishes at the national meet in the 100 and 200 and a seventh-place finish with the 4-x-100 relay team … Closed out the year placing eighth in the 200 and 18th in the 100 at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

Sophomore (2016)
U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier (100, 200), Five-time First Team All-American, Second Team All-American … Raced to a new PR at 60 meters (6.64) in the season opener Arkansas Invitational … Picked up a new personal best time in the 200-meter dash at the Razorback Invitational with a 20.78 to place second … Earned second-team All-SEC honors off a podium-performance in the 60-meter dash at the conference championship … Returned to track at the SEC meet to pick up points towards the Razorbacks league win with a fourth-place finish at 200-meter with a career-best 20.66 … Qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship in the 60 and 200-meter dashes … Broke the 60-meter dash school record in the preliminary round of nationals with a 6.56 performance … Claimed bronze in the 200 and finished seventh in the 60 at the NCAA meet to cap his indoor season … Posted an outdoor season’s best performance of 20.90 in the 200 to finish second at the Arkansas Twilight … Lead-off leg for the SEC Outdoor Championship runner-up 4-x-100-meter relay team which crossed the finish with the No. 3 best time in school history of 38.96 … Picked up four points individually at the conference championship for the Razorbacks with a new PR of 10.28 in the 100 … Advanced through to the NCAA Outdoor Championship in three events (100, 200, 400 relay) … Placed among the top-seven nationally in each event, posting a new PR in the 100 (No. 2 in Arkansas history) to cap the collegiate season as one of the most talented sprinters of 2016 … Qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 … Completed his season, in the semifinal round of both events at Hayward Field.

Freshman (2015)
NCAA Champion (4-x-100), Four-time All-American, SEC Outdoor Co-Freshman of the Year … Part of the fifth-place finishing 4-x-400 relay at the top-ranked Rod McCravy Memorial track meet … Placed in both the 200 (eighth) and 4-x-400 (seventh) at the SEC Indoor Championships … Ran on the indoor national qualifying DMR and 4-x-400 relays … Two-Time USTFCCCA Indoor All-American … Won both the 4-x-100 and 4-x-200 events at the prestigious Drake Relays … Top five individual performance in the 200 at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Raced to a No. 2 rank in program history and No. 8 current nationally ranked time in the 4x100m relay at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Qualifier for the NCAA West Preliminary round in the 4-x-100 and 4-x-400 … NCAA Outdoor Championship qualifier with both relays … Earned a gold medal at the national meet as the 400 relay lead leg, setting a new program record of 38.47.

High School
Eight-time State Champion … Two-time Nebraska Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year … Held three state records when he graduated (100, 200, 400 relay) … Recipient of six All-Class Gold Medals … Undefeated in the 100 and 200 meter in his last two seasons … Member of the Adidas Dream 100 in 2013 … Competed at the 2013 Youth World Championships in Ukraine.

Born on May 13, 1996 … Son of Curtis and Tricia Cotton … Has two siblings KJ and Kenan … Majoring in kinesiology with a minor in biology.

TFRRS Profile

Indoor PRs

  • 60m: 6.56
  • 200m: 20.66
  • 400m: 47.26

Outdoor PRs

  • 100m: 10.07
  • 200m: 20.35
  • 400m: 48.55