SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Razorbacks, Kemoy Campbell and Kemar Mowatt booked their trips to the 2017 IAAF World Championships off stellar performances in Kingston, Jamaica at the 2017 Jamaican National Senior Championships on Friday evening.
Campbell earned his spot on Team Jamaica by winning his fourth-consecutive 5,000-meter run title in 13 minutes, 53 seconds. He holds a best in the event of 13:20.39, which he ran in Palo Alto, California during his final campaign as a Razorback in 2015. Mowatt barely missed a national gold medal of his own, claiming silver medal honors by milliseconds in the 400-meter hurdles. His time of 48.53 was just .04 seconds off his personal best from the NCAA outdoor championships earlier this month where he finished with a bronze medal.
On to the Next Round
An NCAA national runner-up in the steeplechase in the 2015, Stanley Kebenei put together a solid first round performance, crossing the finish line as the second fastest barrier buster of the day in 8:32.80. Kebenei’s finish secured him an automatic spot in Sunday’s finals.
No Go in 100 but More to Come
Arkansas began the weekend with four entries in the 100-meter dash, which was scaled down to two following preliminary round competition. ProHogs Jarrion Lawson and Marqueze Washington represented the Razorbacks in a strong semifinal competition but were ultimately unable to advance to the finals, finishing 11th and 14th, respectively. Although success wasn’t found in the 100, both Lawson (long jump) and Washington (200) as well as initial qualifiers Kenzo Cotton (200) and Tyson Gay (200) will get another chance to fight for a spot on the U.S. team in a different event.
It was the best start I’ve ever had but I wasn’t able to transition like I wanted to,” Lawson said. “I just need some more races under my belt. I am ready for long jump on Sunday. I get a rest day tomorrow, so I better be ready to go.”
Arkansas multis Gabe Moore and Derek Jacobus completed their USATF Outdoor campaign, placing among the top-12 best performers in the country. Moore led the pair, finishing seventh with a PR of 7,699 points, which moved him up to No. 3 on Arkansas’ all-time bests list. Jacobus placed 11th, scoring 7,255 points as one of the few resilient competitors to survive the intensely hot and challenging two-day bout.
Competition will resume for the Hogs tomorrow afternoon at 1:48 p.m. CT with five Razorbacks entered in the 200-meter first round.
USATF Outdoor Championships
Day Two Results
100 Meters Semifinals
11. Jarrion Lawson – 10.24
14. Marqueze Washington – 10.28
400 Meter Hurdles First Round
25. Travius Chambers – 51.79
Steeplechase First Round
2. Stanley Kebenei – 8:32.80 Q
7. Gabe Moore – 7,699 points
12. 100m – 10.96 (870)
13. Long Jump – 6.97m (807)
8. Shot Put – 13.54m (700)
7. High Jump – 1.92m (731)
6. 400m – 49.09 (857)
10. 110mH – 15.03 (846)
2. Discus – 46.50m (798)
8. Pole Vault – 4.60m (790)
8. Javelin – 54.96m (662)
8. 1,500m – 4:46.83 (638)
11. Derek Jacobus – 7,255 points
6. 100m – 10.79w (908)
6. Long Jump – 7.36m (900)
14. Shot Put – 12.94m (664)
13. High Jump – 1.86m (679)
10. 400m – 50.17 (807)
14. 110mH – 16.02 (730)
15. Discus – 36.69m (598)
7. Pole Vault – 4.60m (790)
13. Javelin – 46.59m (538)
7. 1,500m – 4:46.33 (641)
Arkansas USATF Event Schedule
Saturday, June 24
1:48 p.m. – 200m First Round (K. Cotton, T. Gay, W. Spearmon Jr., J. Washington, M. Washington)
2:00 p.m. – Pole Vault Finals (A. Irwin)
Sunday, June 25
2:00 p.m. – 200m Semifinals (K. Cotton, T. Gay, W. Spearmon Jr., J. Washington, M. Washington)
2:10 p.m. – Long Jump Finals (Jarrion Lawson, Travonn White)
4:16 p.m. – Steeplechase Finals (Stanley Kebenei)
4:33 p.m. – 200m Finals (K. Cotton, T. Gay, W. Spearmon Jr., J. Washington, M. Washington)
Italicized events require qualification.
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