NEW YORK – Former Arkansas All-Americans Kemoy Campbell, Omar McLeod and Sandi Morris faced off against some of the best athletes from around the world on Saturday afternoon at the New York Road Runners (NYRR) Millrose Games held at the 168th Street Armory in New York, N.Y.
Current Razorback Dominique Scott also competed at the premier indoor meet as one of the feature collegians of the competition.
Established by a local track club in 1908 the Millrose Games has grown to become the most prestigious indoor track and field competition in the United States.
Representing New Balance, Campbell took on the 3,000-meter run in front of the large Armory crowd. The Manchester, Jamaica native stayed focus on his target pace from the start splitting a 4:09.11 though mile one. With 400 meters left to go Campbell increased his turnover racing through the final two laps in 56.52. The 2015 NCAA fourth-place finisher in the 3K placed seventh overall with a new PR of 7:40.79 to qualify for the World Indoor Championships.
Former 3K NCAA indoor champion Scott competed in the Wanamaker Mile and put her best foot forward in a race which featured one of the fastest milers in the world in Shannon Rowbury. The tough competition pushed Scott to a new mile PR of 4:31.57 placing her in 10th as the fastest collegian represented.
Elsewhere on the Armory infield four-time NCAA champion McLeod gave the world a glimpse of his raw speed claiming the 60-meter hurdles Millrose Games title over Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton in 7.46. Just one hundredths of a second off his NCAA record performance McLeod’s time is the second best in the sprint-hurdles event of 2016.
In the field events 2015 NCAA indoor pole vault champion Morris placed third in the pole vault. On the runway Morris posted first attempt clearances over her first three heights and elected to pass on to 4.90m/16-0.75. She closed the day with a final clearance of 4.70m/15-5. The South Carolina native has a personal best clearance of 4.80m/15-9 earned on Feb. 6 at Missouri Southern.
Campbell, McLeod and Morris will compete at the 2016 World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Portland, Ore on March 17-20. The four day event will feature over 600 athletes representing 154 countries inside the Oregon Convention Center.
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