FAYETTEVILLE, Ark – The University of Arkansas men’s track and field team has inked three more to the current 13 commitments for this season’s recruiting class.
Head Coach Chris Bucknam has announced the addition Marqueze Washington, Jamarco Stephen and Sam Kempka to a stellar 2014-15 class.
Marqueze Washington || Sprints || Arkansas Baptist Personal Best: 60m – 6.78 100m – 10.57 200m – 20.92 400m – 48.35
Notes on Washington: Arkansas Baptist transfer…set a personal best of 6.78 in the 60-meter dash…PR of 10.57 in the 100-meter and 20.92 in the 200-meter…Indoor 400-meter PR of 48.35…deans list…Son of Tabitha Washington.
What Bucknam says about Washington: "Marqueze is a big strong athlete with a lot of range on the track. He can run anything from 60 to 400 meters. Coach Vaughn at Arkansas Baptist has done a great job in developing these young men. Adding Marqueze to our current group of signees gives us a lot of extra firepower heading into the 2015 season."
Sam Kempka || Throws || Houston HS (Germantown, Tenn.) Personal Best: Shot put – 57-4.5 Discus – 159-11
Notes on Kempka: Texas 5A District 24 Champion in the 400m (2013)…Tesxs 5A Area 3 Champion in 400m (2013)…USATF Regional Champ 400m (2013)…USATF Regional Champ 200M (2013).
Why Kempka chose Arkansas: Houston Track Classic Shot Put Champion…TSSAA (Largest Division) Section 4 Sectional Shot Put Champion…Arkansas High School Invitational Champion in shot put…TSSAA Shot Put State Championship runner-up…Belleville West Invitational Runner-up in discus…Shelby County Championships Discus Champion…Football: 15-AAA Defensive Player of the year, All-District Linebacker Jr. and Sr. Year, Selected to play in Liberty Bowl All-Star Game…National Honors Society member…Member of Beta Club…Mu Alpha Theta…Top 25 in the nation for HOSA Creative Problem solving…Son of Dick and Pattie Kempka.
What Bucknam says about Kempka: "Sam is another fine young man that is motivated both in the classroom and on the track. He reminds us of our current thrower Devin Randall. He’s very explosive and wants to be great. It’s going to be exciting to add him into the mix and continue to develop Arkansas as one of the most complete programs in the NCAA."
Jamarco Stephen || Sprints || Clear Brook HS Personal Best: 200m – 21.92 400m – 48.22
Notes on Stephen: Texas 5A District 24 Champion in the 400m (2013)…Tesxs 5A Area 3 Champion in 400m (2013)…USATF Regional Champ 400m (2013)…USATF Regional Champ 200M (2013)..Son of Jerry and Eunice Price.
What Bucknam says about Stephen: "Jamarco is a fantastic student-athlete that is getting the job done in the classroom and on the track. He’s also a well-rounded sprinter with terrific range. We can see some great things coming from him in his senior year. We are excited that he has chosen to become a Razorback.
The initial wave of future Razorbacks included Alex Springer (Shawnee, Kan.), Andrew Henn (Paola, Kan.); Kenzo Cotton (La Vista, Neb.), Austen Dalquist (Keller, Texas), Ethan Moehn (Monroe, Wisc.), Gabe Moore (Freeport, Fla.), Rubin Owens (Le Roy, N.Y.), Noah Gilfillan (Corsicana, Texas), Derek Zimmerman (Freeman, Neb.), Juan Green (South Plains), Zachary Riley (Benton, Ark.), Alex George (Great Britain) and Anthony Blakely (Hensley, Ark.).
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