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    Gators And Aggies Split Track & Field National Title

    Texas A&M Splits National Title with Florida

    EUGENE – Texas A&M won its fourth men’s NCAA Outdoor championship as the Aggies and Florida Gators each scored 53 points to share the title on a dramatic day in front of 11,482 fans at Hayward Field. The Texas A&M women scored 44 points to finish as the team runner-up behind Kansas on the final day of action at Hayward Field.
     
    This marks the seventh national championship won by the Texas A&M track and field program over a five year span and is the 34th NCAA Championship claimed by Aggie head coach Pat Henry. The A&M men and women each won national team titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
     
    Leading the team scoring over Florida 52 to 43 going into the final event, the 4x400 relay, the Aggies put their championship in jeopardy with a dropped baton before the first exchange. Ricky Babineaux retrieved the baton and the next three legs completed the race to earn a very important one point as Florida won the race to reach 53 points.
     
    “We’re elated for our team,” said Henry of the championship victory. “We win the javelin, hurdles and 200 today. Our team was on a roll and doing some things really well. It’s just tough that we don’t look the baton in and something happens on the first exchange of the 4x400. That’s the way it is with track and field. You have to everything right and it certainly has to be right when it comes to that relay.
     
    “This is our fourth title in the past five years and we’ve won it by one or two points each time. It always seems to come down the end and you have to be perfect all the way through. We weren’t perfect today, but we had some perfect things happen to get us to here.”
     
    Victories for the Aggies on Saturday included the women’s 4 x 100 relay in 42.88, Wayne Davis II in the 110 hurdles with a wind-aided 13.14, Sam Humphreys in the javelin with a 255-9 (77.95) and Ameer Webb in the 200 with a windy 20.10.
     
    Kamaria Brown finished second in the women’s 200 with a wind-aided 22.21, fastest ever by an A&M sprinter, and anchored the 4x400 to a runner-up finish in 3:27.59 with the fastest split of the day, 50.27, while Donique’ Flemings clocked a career best of 12.85 for third place in the 100 hurdles to move to No. 3 on the Aggie all-time list. 
     


    Gators Use Dynamic Performance to Earn Share of National Title with TAMU

    The University of Florida men’s track and field team are national champions again.
     
    The Gators used a dramatic finish to share the 2013 NCAA crown with Texas A&M (53 points) in front of a packed house at famed Hayward Field. This is the 31st national championship in University of Florida athletics history and the fifth team title for the UF men’s track and field program since 2010 – three indoor titles (2010-12) and two outdoor (2012-13).
     
    This is the second NCAA title for the University of Florida this year, with women’s gymnastics claiming its first NCAA Championship in April. The Gators are the first team since 1978 (UTEP, UCLA) to share an NCAA outdoor title and this is just the fourth time in NCAA history a tie has occurred.
     
    “I’m just so proud…proud of our guys, my coaching and support staff, and everyone associated with the program,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “The big thing is that we recruit these guys and expect them to go out there and compete for national championships. I’m extremely proud of them. No one gave us a chance. I watched the replays of ESPN this weekend and they didn’t even mention the Gators. I told the guys to just keep fighting, be who we are and do what we do.”
     
    Trailing Texas A&M by nine points heading into the final event, the Gators, with a lineup of Najee Glass (Woodbridge, N.J.), Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) and Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.),  claimed the 4x400-meter relay title (3:01.34) and the 10 points that came along with it. A&M – in the same race – dropped the baton but rebounded to finish eighth, giving them one point and putting them in a tie for the national title with the Gators.
     
    “It felt great to bring it home for the win,” Hall said. “I knew Najee, Hugh and Dedric were going to put me out there in front and all I would have to do is hold the lead and extend it, if I had to. I knew people would doubt (the 4x4) because we’re so young and it’s such a big stage, but our coaches had faith in us, our teammates had faith in us and we had faith in ourselves. That’s all that matters.
     
    “I knew when I watched the guys when the title last year that I wanted to come to Florida and help the Gators win again. After winning the 4x4, placing in the 400 and winning the team title…I want more. This is an amazing feeling and I want to feel it again.”
     
    The 4x400-meter relay crown is just the second in program history with the first coming last year in another team title-clinching victory.
     
    The Gator men’s 4x100-meter relay was first on the track Saturday and started things off right, capturing the fifth 4x1 NCAA outdoor crown in program history. The foursome of freshman Antwan Wright (Riviera Beach, Fla.), Graham, Jr., senior Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Dukes got it done for the Gators, edging out runner-up Alabama by a hundredth of a second, 38.53 to 38.54.
     
    “It was amazing,” Graham, Jr. said. “I knew the title was on the line, so I just ran my hardest and we came out on top. All the handoffs were smooth and down the backstretch, I knew Dedric was one of the best guys out there and he would get it done for us.
     
    “Winning the team title is great,” Graham, Jr. continued.” When I came here to Florida, my goal was to win national championships. It’s what everyone comes here for. This is my third team title and it’s great to win again. The best decision I’ve made in my life was coming to Florida.”
     
    Heading into the NCAA Championships, Florida’s men’s 4x1 was seeded third and was using the lineup of Wright, Graham, Jr., Seymore and Dukes for just the second time in 2013.
     
    “I never doubted that group,” Holloway said. “We didn’t have a lot of time with them but I believed in them and they believed in themselves. Our leadoff man (Antwan Wright) is phenomenal. The first time they ran together was prelims two weeks ago after injuries during the season to different athletes. Kudos to Eddie Lovett and Arman Hall for stepping in during the season while we got everyone healthy.”
     
    Defending his NCAA Championship was senior triple jumper Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas), who became the first Gator since Olympic gold medalist Christian Taylor to win back-to-back titles in the event (2010, 11). Florida has captured eight combined men’s triple jump national crowns in the last five years.
     
    “Today was huge,” Craddock said. “My plan for today was to defend my title and get the A standard for Worlds this summer. I did one of those and there’s time for the other. I wanted to get 10 points for my team and I did that. I wanted my first jump to motivate Eddie and the relays, and I think I helped.”
     
    Craddock led the competition from the get-go, leaping an all-conditions season’s best of 16.80m/55-1.50 (+2.7) on his opening jump. Craddock kept the momentum going, hitting the mark again on his second jump of the finals. With the title already in his pocket, Craddock saved the best for last, leaping a new personal best of 16.92m/55-6.25 (+1.9) to improve his standing at third all-time in Florida program history and put the Gators within striking distance of the Aggies in the team race, down 52-43.
     
    “Being here at Florida has meant so much,” Craddock finished. “I’m so grateful, fortunate and glad to have been granted the opportunity to be at Florida and train with some of the best jumpers in NCAA history, like Christian, Will and now, Marquis. I’m so proud to have competed with the ‘Florida’ name across my chest. I’ll never forget the memories I’ve created, the teammates I’ve trained with and the chance to have been a part of history.”
     
    Junior Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) turned in one of two runner-up finishes for the Gator contingent in Eugene, finishing in 13.32 (+3.8) behind Texas A&M’s Wayne Davis II (13.14).
     
    “Going into the day, the goal was to try to put up another 30 or 35 points,” Holloway noted. “We won three events and we were second in another. We had a small blip with Marquis in the triple jump, which wasn’t for a lack of trying, but we picked each other up. At the end of the day, we’re a family.”
     
    Another runner-up finish was on the women’s side, as junior Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) turned in her best career finish in the Orange and Blue with a second-place performance in the women’s 1,500 meters. McGee ran a strong race and led for the final lap before getting passed with 50 meters to go. This was McGee’s third career final and she improved upon her previous finishes (2011 – 10th, 2012 – sixth). With her eight points in the women’s 1,500 and the women’s 4x400-meter relay scoring a point, the Florida women finished tied for 11th with 25 points
     
    The NCAA Championships will re-air multiple times in the coming weeks, with the Championship Saturday replay airing next on ESPNU Saturday, June 9 at 9 a.m. ET.
     
    For all of the latest information on Florida track and field, please log on to www.GatorZone.com/trackfield or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow Florida track and field on Twitter at @GZTrackField or www.twitter.com/GZTrackField. You can also find the Gators on Facebook.

     

    Mississippi State's Harper, Antosik Close Out Week at NCAAs

    EUGENE, Ore. – If his first year competing on the collegiate level was any indication, Piotr Antosik has a bright future. 
      
    Although the true freshman from Poland didn’t place in the javelin, he threw 210-0 to finish 18th at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at Hayward Field. 
      
    SEC champion Sam Humphreys of Texas A&M won the title with a throw of 255-9. 
      
    “Piotr has done everything we asked him to do,” MSU throws coach April Thomas said. “I’m proud of him. To get here and compete in this environment is an accomplishment and a memory he’ll never forget.” 
      
    Also competing for the Bulldogs Saturday was Jason Harper in the triple jump. 
      
    The junior from Milford, Del., placed 12th with a leap of 51-7 ¾, the second-longest jump of his career. Florida’s Omar Craddock repeated as champion at 55-6 ¼ . 
      
    CO-CHAMPIONS 
     
    In the overall standings, Florida and Texas A&M tied for the title with 53 points, while Arkansas finished third with 46.5 points. The MSU men didn’t score. 
      
    On the women’s side, Kansas won in convincing fashion with 60 points, followed by Texas A&M and Oregon with 44 and 43 points, respectively. 
      
    The Lady Bulldogs finished 32nd with 8 points after placing 60th last year with 2. Erica Bougard and Jody-Ann Muir provided all the scoring by finishing fourth in the heptathlon and sixth in the 400-meter dash, respectively, on Friday.


    Gators Use Dynamic Performance to Earn Share of National Title with TAMU

    EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Florida men's track and field team are national champions again.
     
    The Gators used a dramatic finish to share the 2013 NCAA crown with Texas A&M (53 points) in front of a packed house at famed Hayward Field. This is the 31st national championship in University of Florida athletics history and the fifth team title for the UF men's track and field program since 2010 - three indoor titles (2010-12) and two outdoor (2012-13).
     
    This is the second NCAA title for the University of Florida this year, with women's gymnastics claiming its first NCAA Championship in April. The Gators are the first team since 1978 (UTEP, UCLA) to share an NCAA outdoor title and this is just the fourth time in NCAA history a tie has occurred.
     
    "I'm just so proud...proud of our guys, my coaching and support staff, and everyone associated with the program," Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. "The big thing is that we recruit these guys and expect them to go out there and compete for national championships. I'm extremely proud of them. No one gave us a chance. I watched the replays of ESPN this weekend and they didn't even mention the Gators. I told the guys to just keep fighting, be who we are and do what we do."
     
    Trailing Texas A&M by nine points heading into the final event, the Gators, with a lineup of Najee Glass (Woodbridge, N.J.), Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) and Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.),  claimed the 4x400-meter relay title (3:01.34) and the 10 points that came along with it. A&M - in the same race - dropped the baton but rebounded to finish eighth, giving them one point and putting them in a tie for the national title with the Gators.
     
    "It felt great to bring it home for the win," Hall said. "I knew Najee, Hugh and Dedric were going to put me out there in front and all I would have to do is hold the lead and extend it, if I had to. I knew people would doubt (the 4x4) because we're so young and it's such a big stage, but our coaches had faith in us, our teammates had faith in us and we had faith in ourselves. That's all that matters.
     
    "I knew when I watched the guys when the title last year that I wanted to come to Florida and help the Gators win again. After winning the 4x4, placing in the 400 and winning the team title...I want more. This is an amazing feeling and I want to feel it again."
     
    The 4x400-meter relay crown is just the second in program history with the first coming last year in another team title-clinching victory.
     
    The Gator men's 4x100-meter relay was first on the track Saturday and started things off right, capturing the fifth 4x1 NCAA outdoor crown in program history. The foursome of freshman Antwan Wright (Riviera Beach, Fla.), Graham, Jr., senior Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Dukes got it done for the Gators, edging out runner-up Alabama by a hundredth of a second, 38.53 to 38.54.
     
    "It was amazing," Graham, Jr. said. "I knew the title was on the line, so I just ran my hardest and we came out on top. All the handoffs were smooth and down the backstretch, I knew Dedric was one of the best guys out there and he would get it done for us.
     
    "Winning the team title is great," Graham, Jr. continued." When I came here to Florida, my goal was to win national championships. It's what everyone comes here for. This is my third team title and it's great to win again. The best decision I've made in my life was coming to Florida."
     
    Heading into the NCAA Championships, Florida's men's 4x1 was seeded third and was using the lineup of Wright, Graham, Jr., Seymore and Dukes for just the second time in 2013.
     
    "I never doubted that group," Holloway said. "We didn't have a lot of time with them but I believed in them and they believed in themselves. Our leadoff man (Antwan Wright) is phenomenal. The first time they ran together was prelims two weeks ago after injuries during the season to different athletes. Kudos to Eddie Lovett and Arman Hall for stepping in during the season while we got everyone healthy."
     
    Defending his NCAA Championship was senior triple jumper Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas), who became the first Gator since Olympic gold medalist Christian Taylor to win back-to-back titles in the event (2010, 11). Florida has captured eight combined men's triple jump national crowns in the last five years.
     
    "Today was huge," Craddock said. "My plan for today was to defend my title and get the A standard for Worlds this summer. I did one of those and there's time for the other. I wanted to get 10 points for my team and I did that. I wanted my first jump to motivate Eddie and the relays, and I think I helped."
     
    Craddock led the competition from the get-go, leaping an all-conditions season's best of 16.80m/55-1.50 (+2.7) on his opening jump. Craddock kept the momentum going, hitting the mark again on his second jump of the finals. With the title already in his pocket, Craddock saved the best for last, leaping a new personal best of 16.92m/55-6.25 (+1.9) to improve his standing at third all-time in Florida program history and put the Gators within striking distance of the Aggies in the team race, down 52-43.
     
    "Being here at Florida has meant so much," Craddock finished. "I'm so grateful, fortunate and glad to have been granted the opportunity to be at Florida and train with some of the best jumpers in NCAA history, like Christian, Will and now, Marquis. I'm so proud to have competed with the 'Florida' name across my chest. I'll never forget the memories I've created, the teammates I've trained with and the chance to have been a part of history."
     
    Junior Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) turned in one of two runner-up finishes for the Gator contingent in Eugene, finishing in 13.32 (+3.8) behind Texas A&M's Wayne Davis II (13.14).
     
    "Going into the day, the goal was to try to put up another 30 or 35 points," Holloway noted. "We won three events and we were second in another. We had a small blip with Marquis in the triple jump, which wasn't for a lack of trying, but we picked each other up. At the end of the day, we're a family."
     
    Another runner-up finish was on the women's side, as junior Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) turned in her best career finish in the Orange and Blue with a second-place performance in the women's 1,500 meters. McGee ran a strong race and led for the final lap before getting passed with 50 meters to go. This was McGee's third career final and she improved upon her previous finishes (2011 - 10th, 2012 - sixth). With her eight points in the women's 1,500 and the women's 4x400-meter relay scoring a point, the Florida women finished tied for 11th with 25 points
     
    The NCAA Championships will re-air multiple times in the coming weeks, with the Championship Saturday replay airing next on ESPNU Saturday, June 9 at 9 a.m. ET.
     


    Scheper's Fifth Place Finish Closes Season for Gamecocks

    EUGENE, Ore. – Junior Jeannelle Scheper earned a fifth-place finish in the women’s high jump finals on the final day of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships at historic Hayward Field in front of 11,482 fans. 
     
    Scheper made quick work of the first four bars and was one of only four to move through the first four heights without a miss. With eight competitions still alive and the bar set a 6’1” 3/4, the NCAA indoor silver medalist picked up her first miss of the day and was unable to clear in three attempts. 
     
    Last year, as the first-ever Gamecock to qualify for NCAA Outdoors in the high jump, Scheper finished 16th. 
     
    Senior Breanna Radford completed the final meet of her Gamecock career on Saturday.  Radford, who ranks in the South Carolina top 10 of every event she has competed in during her career, recorded a best of 49’3” (15.01m) for 21st place overall. Radford owns the third-best throw all-time by a Gamecock in the outdoor shot put at 54’5” (16.56m).



    Alabama 4x100 Team Earns Runner-Up Finish

    EUGENE, Ore. - The Alabama Track and Field team saved its best for the last day of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships when its 4x100m relay crushed the school record and finished second overall, just 1/100th of a second out of first. 
     
    That relay finish along with a sixth place finish by freshman Imani Brown in the triple jump catapulted the Crimson Tide from 23rd after the end of the day three to 11th place overall with 20 points, just a half point out of 10th place. It marks Alabama’s first top-15 finish since 2002 when Alabama also finished 11th. It was also the 12th top-15 outdoor finish for the UA men all-time.
     
    “What an incredible week,” second-year UA head coach Dan Waters said. “We went out there and competed hard in every event just as we have in every meet this year. I’m really proud of everyone here and the way they got after it. This is a great step in the development of our program.”
     
    The 4x100m relay of juniors Alex Sanders, Diondre Batson and Akeem Haynes and senior Dushane Farrier combined to cross the line with a time of 38.54, bettering the school mark of 38.78 they set on Wednesday during the semifinals. 
     
    “It’s been great,” Farrier, the Tide’s anchor, said. “All the hard work that we’ve done from September to now has really paid off. Unfortunately we didn’t get the win, but we crushed the school record. Hats off to our coaches, our team and the whole ‘Bama nation for supporting us from day one, it means a lot.” 
     
    All told, the Crimson Tide quartet shaved more than three-tenths of a second off the previous school mark set by Richard Beattie, Clive Wright, Eduardo Nava and Brad McCuaig at the 1990 NCAA Championships.
     
    “Like our coach said, we didn’t all get the chance to compete in individual races, but we were able to come together and achieve something great,” Haynes said. “We didn’t get the win, but that makes us even hungrier for next year. This isn’t the last you’ll hear of Alabama.”
     
    Freshman Imani Brown, seeded 20th in the triple jump coming into the week, uncorked back-to-back career-best leaps to take sixth overall with a series best distance of 52 feet and 2 ¾ inches on his third attempt.
     
    “It was a good year, it was tough with a lot of ups and downs, but it all paid off in the big meet,” Brown said. “I came out today and I felt fresh. All week I felt good and the environment and the excitement got me all pumped up and I took all that in and let it out on the track.”
     
    On the women’s side of the meet, the Tide finished 45th with five points coming from senior Alexis Paine’s fourth place finish in the pole vault. 
     
    Senior Krystle Schade took 11th in the high jump after clearing 5 feet 10 ¾ inches. She just missed six feet and a top-eight finish. Senior Wilamena Hopkins, who made her first NCAA appearance since 2011 and came back from two surgeries, finished 20th in the shot put with a series best throw of 50-4 ¾ . 
     
    “Being able to come back like this came down to dedication and trusting my coach, going along with what he told me to do, listing and understanding that what he’s asking me to do is that best thing for me -  that, and prayer,” Hopkins said with a smile.
     
    Between the men and women’s squads, seven different members of the Tide’s NCAA contingent added team points to Alabama’s championship efforts and the Tide put finishers in the top half of the field in nine different events.



    Georgia Rounds Out NCAAs in 11th

    EUGENE, Ore. --- Georgia true freshman Leontia Kallenou reached a personal-best height in the high jump to finish fourth during the last day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday.
     
    Kallenou safely cleared the bar at 6 feet, 1 ¼ inches on her second attempt to take over the No. 4 spot in the Lady Bulldog record books.  Georgia finished with four scorers as freshman Freya Jones won the javelin title, freshman Shaunae Miller was second in the 400-meter dash and senior Lucie Ondraschkova took seventh in the heptathlon.
     
    In the team race, the Lady Bulldogs scored 25 points to tie for 11th with Florida.  Kansas (60) won its first title on the track while Texas A&M (44), Oregon (43), LSU (40) and UCF (35) rounded out the top five.
     
    This marks the best finish for the Georgia women since they took ninth in 2007 with 24 points.  The Lady Bulldogs’ 25 points is the most since they scored 25.75 to take ninth in 2006.
     
    The Georgia men finished in a nine-way tie for 49th place with four points.  Texas A&M (53) and Florida (53) were crowned co-champions while Arkansas (46.50), Oregon (44) and USC (42) make up the next three finishers.
     
    The Bulldogs had their best finish in three seasons after tying for 64th in 2012.
     
    “The meet didn’t go how we thought it would go since we had a lot of downs starting out and along the way,” said head coach Wayne Norton.  “It was a typical championship meet with a lot of good and a lot of bad mixed in there.  It was good to score some points in the final event of the day.  We kind of got them a different way than we thought we would with the freshman coming through.
     
    “It was an overall good meet for us, especially when you consider the newcomers.  Freshmen scored a large percentage of our points, which means the future should remain bright for us.  But we have to do a better job with the people we have and to keep them healthy.  We need for them to compete on the day it counts the most.  We have some things to work on and I would say we are not at all satisfied with where we are.  We are happy to have had some success out here and hope to have much more in the future.” 
     
    Kallenou was one of the unexpected highlights for Georgia over the last week.  The Nicosia, Cyprus, native posted first attempt clearances at her first three heights to be one of 15 to advance.  Then, Kallenou soared over the bar at 6 feet followed up by a career best 6-1.25 on her second attempt at each height to finish fourth.
     
    This finale to the Lady Bulldogs’ meet gave them five more points and held them at 11th place.  Kallenou is the second Georgia woman to score in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in as many years after Saniel Atkinson-Grier tied for sixth in the 2012. 
     
    This year, Atkinson-Grier passed at the first height and then cleared 5-9.75 on her opening attempt.  But that would be the senior’s last clearance during the final collegiate meet of her career.  She ends up as the 2013 SEC outdoor champion, a three-time conference runner-up and a 2012 NCAA outdoor First Team All-American. 
     
    Full results and a recap from each day of the NCAA Championships will be found at georgiadogs.com.



    Arkansas Finishes Third Overall

    EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 2 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team finished in third place at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, which came to a conclusion Saturday at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The Razorbacks finished the four-day meet with 46.5 points and capped their weekend with a national runner-up finish in the 4x400-meter relay. The finish marked Arkansas’ highest NCAA outdoor finish under fifth-year head coach Chris Bucknam.
     
    “I’m proud of my team for the way they competed today,” Bucknam said. “It looked dim after Thursday and we came back and did a great job on Friday and Saturday and that Never Yield saying is what it’s all about for us. We are going to be back here and our goal is to win an outdoor national championship. We think we have the ball rolling for that and we are going to keep trying.”
     
    Coupled with its NCAA finish outdoors, Arkansas ends its 2012-13 campaign with top-10 national finishes from all three aspects of the program. The Razorbacks won the NCAA Indoor Championships in March for the program’s 41st overall national title, and last fall, Arkansas ran to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky. At the conference level, the Razorbacks claimed its second-consecutive SEC Triple Crown.
     
    Arkansas’ first points of the day came from its 4x100-meter relay team of Caleb Cross, Jarrion Lawson, Akheem Gauntlett and Neil Braddy. The Razorbacks passed the baton around the track in a time of 39.49, good for fifth place and four points toward the team’s total. The foursome qualified for the final with a season-best run Wednesday of 39.25, the No. 5 relay performance in school history.
     
    Braddy, Cross and Gauntlett were back on the track to close the meet along with Anton Kokorin in the 4x400-meter relay. The Razorbacks posted a second-place finish in the event final with a season-best time of 3:02.89 which moves the relay quartet into fourth place on the Arkansas all-time performance list. Saturday’s race marked just the fourth time in school history for a 4x400-meter relay to dip below 3:03. 
     
    “I had six races this weekend but I knew it had to be done for us to contend for a national championship,” Cross said following the meet. “It’s my senior year and it’s what I had to do for the team. We came close, but I’m still glad about the way it turned out. I’m just happy to be a Razorback right now.”
     
    Kemoy Campbell was the team’s lone individual scorer Saturday, running to a fifth-place finish in the event final of the 5,000 meters. After three days of watching the meet until his race, Campbell added four points to the team’s total with a time of 13:47.70. The finish is his second top-five NCAA showing of the year to go along with his runner-up finish at 3,000 meters at the NCAA indoor meet.
     
    Senior Tarik Batchelor completed his Razorback career Saturday with competition in the triple jump. He was forced into adjusting his technique—jumping off the opposite leg—to overcome an injury. Batchelor finished the day in 17th place overall with a day’s best of 15.55m/51-0.25.
     
    With the collegiate season now complete, several Razorbacks will go on to represent their countries this summer at national meets with hopes of qualifying for the World Championships in Moscow, Russia. The USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be contested June 19-23 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. 
    For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.



    Kentucky Finishes in Top 20

    EUGENE, Ore. – The Kentucky men’s track and field team placed 18th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships behind top-5 finishes from both Keith Hayes and Raymond Dykstra on Saturday at Hayward Field.
     
    Kentucky finished with 15th points overall. The Wildcat men earned their best finish at the National Championships since 2010 when they placed 13th with 18 points.
     
    “Our men’s team’s top-20 NCAA Championship performance along with gallant efforts from Keith Hayes and Ray Dykstra are strong building blocks for the future of our team,” head coach Edrick Floreal said. “We look forward to welcoming our freshman class into the fold as we continue to grow toward our ultimate plans.”
     
    Keith Hayes placed fourth in his first NCAA 110m hurdles final crossing the finish line in 13.40 seconds with a 3.8 meters per second wind at his back. The time was the second-fastest all-conditions performance of the senior’s career, bettered only by his school record NCAA Semifinal time of 13.32w.
     
    Raymond Dykstra’s season-best javelin throw, which went 72.49 meters / 237 feet 10 inches, was good for fifth place. Dykstra was sixth nationally as a freshman last season.
     
    Dykstra’s initial attempt traveled 71.46m / 234'05". That mark was good for second in the first preliminary flight, and made him the No. 5 qualifier into the final.
     
    He improved to 72.49 meters on his first of three additional throws in the final, moving into fourth place after the fourth round. He did not improve on the next two throws, but remained fourth overall when just one thrower behind him in the standings had yet to make a final attempt.
     
    Ohio State's Bill Stanley was that thrower, and he launched the javelin 72.79m / 238'9" on his final toss, to pass Dykstra in the standings by less than a foot.
     
    Andrew Evans picked up Kentucky’s other six points on Friday with a bronze medal performance in the discus.
     
    Florida and Texas A&M tied for the men’s team NCAA Championship with 53 points. Kansas won the women’s NCAA Title with 60 points. The Kentucky women’s team did not score at the NCAA Championships.
     
    Rondel Sorrillo scored all 18 points for UK during the 2010 NCAA Championships, which also held at Hayward Field.
     
    Texas A&M’s Wayne Davis II won the 110m hurdles with the second-fastest NCAA Championship time ever, 13.14w.
     
    Texas A&M’s Sam Humphries, was US Olympic Trials Javelin Champion at Hayward Field in 2012, won the javelin with a top throw 77.95m / 255’9”. 
     
    The top eight finishers in each event earned points toward the overall team score. The points were assigned as follows: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.



    Ole Miss Men Claim Best Finish in School History

    EUGENE, Ore. – With stellar performances from Sam Kendricks and Isiah Young, the Ole Miss men’s track & field team placed eighth at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships for its best finish in school history.
     
    Kendricks, a sophomore from Oxford, Miss., opened the meet at historic Hayward Field in Track Town USA by winning the Rebels’ first ever national title in the pole vault on Wednesday. Young, a senior from Junction City, Kan., capped the championships on Saturday by finishing runner-up in the 200 meters.
     
    All total, Ole Miss racked up 24 points to finish eighth in the team standings, the highest in school history for an indoor or outdoor NCAA meet. The previous program record was ninth place at the 1991 indoor meet. The previous best outdoor finish was 12th in 2007.
     
    “It’s a proud day for our track and field program,” said first-year head coach Brian O’Neal. “I’m proud of every one of our athletes. I thought every one of them stepped to the line and competed with everything they had. We had some successes and some failures, but at the end of the day what we wanted to do was compete. I thought that’s what our team did this weekend, and we came away with our best place in school history.”
     
    Ole Miss was one of six Southeastern Conference men’s teams to place in the top 11. Florida and Texas A&M shared the men’s NCAA team title. Arkansas was third, LSU seventh and Alabama 11th.
     
    On Wednesday, Kendricks won his NCAA pole vault title with a clearance of 18-8.25. His title is the 13th individual national championship in program history, while he became the eighth Rebel to win at least one NCAA title. He scored 10 team points with the victory.
     
    Friday saw Young claim the first of his two top-three finishes in the short sprints. He placed third in the 100 meters with a blazing time of 9.96, which lowered his own school record of 9.99 set at the NCAA East Preliminary two weeks ago. His third-place NCAA result is the best in school history in the 100 meters, and he earned six points for the Rebels.
     
    Young was at it again on Saturday, nearly pulling off the Rebels’ second national title of the meet, but settling for runner-up in the 200 meters with another fast time of 20.17. His second-place result was again the best in school history at that distance, beating his own previous best of fourth at last year’s championships. He added eight more team points to bring the team total to 24, the most by Ole Miss ever at any NCAA Championships.
     
    “Isiah’s leadership and maturity level has been incredible,” O’Neal said. “He runs a 9.96 and then backs it up with 20.17 in the 200. Those are great numbers, and typically in any other year those are good enough to win. This time that wasn’t the case, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. He’s a star and has been a great ambassador for Ole Miss and our track and field program for the last couple of years. We’ll miss him.”
     
    Morris Kersh also competed for the Rebel men, placing 24th in the triple jump with a mark of 49-9. The senior from Pearl, Miss., caps his career as a two-time NCAA Championships participant.
     
    On the women’s side, Mary Ashton Nall finished the heptathlon with a huge personal best of 5,562 points and placed 14th. The junior from Auburn, Ala., remains third in school history with that score, which is just one point shy of her teammate Fabia McDonald’s 5,563 for second-best in the Ole Miss record books.
     
    That concludes the 2012-13 season for Ole Miss, but several Rebels will compete at the upcoming U.S. Championships in hopes of qualifying for this summer’s World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Keep up with these athletes’ progress at OleMissSports.com and on Facebook and Twitter.