– Sophomore Jessica Kamilos
advanced to the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships, her first-ever national championships appearance. Also qualifying was teammate and Southeastern Conference Champion Grace Heymsfield
Kamilos shaved seven seconds off her PR and tabbed the No. 2 time in Arkansas school history with a 10:01.06 performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals, automatically qualifying for the finals. Her previous PR was 10:08.73 set at the SEC Championships this season. Teammate, and school record holder, Heymsfield advanced to the finals with a time of 10:03.24.
“It’s an honor to have the No. 2 time in school history behind Grace,” said Kamilos following Wednesday’s steeplechase. “I didn’t even know what my official time was for a while, so finding that out was exciting. Finding out that I made it to the finals is a great feeling. I had a feeling I could do it, so accomplishing that goal was fantastic and I couldn’t ask for more right now.”
Head Coach Lance Harter
will be coaching the top-two steeplechase runners in Arkansas school history in Friday’s finals, which take place at 7:15 (CT).
“We’re obviously ecstatic,” said Harter. “Heymsfield is experienced enough to handle semifinals in a national championship and she did what she needed to do to advance. Kamilos, on the other hand, was a first-time contender. We knew her heat was loaded and that the two qualifying times would come from her heat – our predictions were right. As she was headed out to the starting line she said to me, ‘I’m happy to be here, but I’m not done yet’. She took her turn and obviously wasn’t going to be denied.”
A couple of other first-timers were in competition today, as Taylor Ellis-Watson finished 13th overall in the women’s 400-meter with a time of 52.48. Amethyst Boyd
earned her ticket to Eugene by the way of a school-record performance at the West Preliminary and finished with a final throw of 151-1 at her first NCAA Championships appearance.
Day two of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships kicks off Thursday with the heptathlon at 3 p.m. (CT). For more information on Razorback Track and Field, follow @RazorbackWTrack on Twitter.
Wednesday Results (Day One)
13. Taylor Ellis-Watson – 52.48
7. Jessica Kamilos
8. Grace Heymsfield
14. Tamara Myers
20. Amethyst Boyd