FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On the heels of winning his first indoor SEC event title, sophomore and defending national champion Omar McLeod has earned a spot on the pre-NCAA Bowerman Watch List. The Kingston, Jamaica, native is making his first career appearance on the Bowerman list and is the sixth Razorback to be named to the Watch List. McLeod is the top-ranked collegiate hurdler in the NCAA heading into the national meet.
The 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships will be held March 13-14 at the Randal Tyson Track Center. A two-day, all-session ticket for the meet is $30 for general admission. Tickets for the national 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.
McLeod won the 60-meter hurdles at last weekend’s SEC Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky. He improved upon his own school record and broke the SEC meet record with his 7.49 performance, which also equals the No. 2 time in NCAA history. With his showing at the conference meet, McLeod became Arkansas’ first SEC indoor hurdle champion since the 1994 season. He is also part of the Razorbacks’ 4×400-meter relay that qualified for the NCAA meet.
Arkansas is ranked No. 3 in the country and enters the NCAA Championships with 10 national qualifiers in nine events. In addition to McLeod, the Razorbacks’ entries include the 4×400-meter and distance-medley relays, Kemoy Campbell at 3,000 and 5,000 meters, Andrew Irwin in the pole vault, Stanley Kebenei at 3,000 meters, Jarrion Lawson in the long jump, Clive Pullen in the triple jump and Marqueze Washington at 400 meters.
The Bowerman award, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation. In total, the winners from the award’s first five years have won three Olympic medals, two World Championship titles and six World Championship medals overall. The next men’s Watch List will be released March 18.
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