FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Postseason recognition continued for the No. 3 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team Friday afternoon with a pair of USTFCCCA regional accolades. Sophomore Omar McLeod was selected as the South Central Track Athlete of the Year while Doug Case garnered the region’s Assistant Coach of the Year award.
The 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships will be contested March 13-14 at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville for the 12th time. Limited seats remain with two-day, all-session tickets available at $30 for general admission. Tickets for the NCAA meet can be purchased HERE, by contacting the Razorback Ticket Center at 800-982-HOGS (4647) or by visiting the Ticket Center located just east of Baum Stadium at 1295 S. Razorback Road.
McLeod’s latest recognition comes the same week as his placement on the pre-NCAA Bowerman Watch List. In his last outing, he won his first-career SEC title with a victory in the 60-meter hurdles in a near-collegiate record of 7.49. The time bettered his own school record, broke the SEC meet record and tied the No. 2 mark in NCAA history. McLeod is just the third collegian to run a sub-7.50 hurdle race. He is also part of Arkansas’ NCAA-qualifying 4×400-meter relay team.
In his role as the Razorbacks’ sprints and pole vault coach, Case’s athletes are responsible for four national qualifiers with McLeod in the hurdles, Andrew Irwin in the pole vault, Marqueze Washington at 400 meters and Arkansas’ 4×400-meter relay team. Along with McLeod’s nation-leading time, Case has coached Irwin to a school-record mark of 5.75m/18-10.25 which makes him the No. 7 performer in the event in NCAA history. Both McLeod and Irwin won SEC titles this year.
Overall, the No. 3 Razorbacks have 10 national qualifiers in nine events for next weekend’s NCAA Championships. Along with Case’s entries, Arkansas will have its distance-medley relay, Kemoy Campbell at 3,000 and 5,000 meters, Stanley Kebenei at 3,00 meters, Jarrion Lawson in the long jump and Clive Pullen in the triple jump.
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