FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University of Arkansas head men’s track & field coach Chris Bucknam announced the signing of sprinter/hurdler Omar McLeod to a national letter of intent on Tuesday.& An internationally renowned student-athlete, McLeod will begin competition with the Razorbacks during the 2014 indoor track season. A Jamaica native, McLeod is the holder of national junior records in the 110-meter hurdles (13.24), 400-meter hurdles (49.98) and 4×400-meter relay (3:05.68).& He was also a member of his high school’s 4×100-meter relay that set a school record (39.84).& McLeod was the first Jamaican high school athlete to run under 50 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles. “Omar is a phenomenal athlete and we couldn’t be more pleased to attract such a terrific young talent to our University and our program,” Bucknam said.& “His high school coaches at KC did a tremendous job this past year in helping him realize his terrific potential.& What he did this past season was amazing in so many ways. He is still quite young in his events and has a positive attitude and tremendous work ethic that are going to allow him to succeed at the highest levels both on and off the track. We are excited to help him realize his dream of earning his degree here at Arkansas as well as continue develop into one of the best young hurdlers out there, all while being on a great team that he is very much used too.” In apition to his national junior records, McLeod was the under-20 champion in the 400-meter hurdles at the Carifta Games in the Bahamas and also the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.& In 2011 he finished fourth in the 110-meter and eighth in the 400-meter hurdles at the World Youth Championships. McLeod is one nearly 20 newcomers that plan to join the Razorbacks in the fall for the 2013-14 season.