FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Frequently a new home to student-athletes from various countries the University of Arkansas men’s track and field reach extends far beyond domestic boundaries. Incoming freshman Cameron Griffith is the latest international standout to join the Razorback roster for the 2015-2016 season.
The Sydney, Australia native has been involved in cross country and track & field for around 10 years and specializes in the middle distance events.
“I’ve been running cross country since year three, since I was about nine,” said Griffith. “The first race I ever ran was a local school cross country race, I finished about a quarter of the race in front of everyone else so I figured I was pretty good at it. I’ve always done it but didn’t really start training properly until about year 10 when I was about 15 or 16.”
Griffith started gaining attention for his performances as a Year 8 student at the Trinity Grammar School. He qualified for three CAS (Committee of Associated Schools) of New South Wales Championships in his tenure at Trinity.
In his last three seasons competing for Trinity, Griffith earned recognition as the Dual Australian All Schools Champion as 800 and 1500 meters. He went on to help his school win their first cross country team championship in seven years and take home the coveted Neil Logan Shield during his last year in school. New in honoring individual champions, the CAS also presented Griffith with his own award for coming through first in the open event.
Determined to develop his abilities for future competition on the professional circuit, Griffith was set on finding the best program to fine-tune his natural talent.
“America was an obvious choice for me because there is such depth in the competition and training groups, you don’t find that anywhere else in the world, especially not back home in Australia,” said Griffith. “Originally I was set on another school and then I came to Arkansas and saw all the facilities which were second to none and the history behind track & field at this school is amazing as well, it was a no-brainer.”
The 2013 Australian U18 800 and 1500 meter champion still holds the age group record at both distances at 1:53.06 and 4:04.65 respectively within the CAS of NSW.
Cameron Griffith At-A-Glance
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
High School: Trinity Grammar School
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