UKTF’s Camacho-Quinn Wins NACAC U23 100H Championships

Results (Note a previous version of this article indicated the 100-meter hurdles final would take place on Sunday, July 17 – that was a mistake, it occurred on Saturday night, July 16)

SSAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Kentucky track and field freshman Jasmine Camacho-Quinn had a strong debut in a Puerto Rico uniform. She won the 100-meter hurdles in a meet-record 12.78 (-1.5 meters per second wind) at the North American, Central American, and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships on Saturday.

Camacho-Quinn, who was competing in her first international competition, ran 12.84 (-0.4) to qualify into the final automatically joint-fastest with Pedrya Seymour (Bahamas). She edged Seymour by 0.5 seconds in the final.

The prior NACAC U23 Championships record was 12.83 run by Tiffany Ofili (neé Porter) for Team USA in 2008. Porter competed for the U.S. as an under-20 athlete, but now is an elite professional competing for Team Great Britain.

Camacho-Quinn’s wind-legal personal best 12.69 (+0.7) was recorded in a win at the Southeastern Conference Championships in May. She ran a wind-aided 12.54 (+3.8) to become the first freshman NCAA Champion in history last month. Camacho-Quinn's 12.69 ranks No. 11 in the workd this season.

Camacho-Quinn will again represent Puerto Rico at the Olympic Games next month.

Senior Beckie Famurewa won the hammer throw competing for the United States team on Friday.

Famurewa tossed the hammer 200’3”/61.03m on her final attempt to vault into a lead with a mark that no rival was able to better.

Sophomore Fred Dorsey (U.S. Virgin Islands) placed fifth in the long jump with a best mark of 23’11”/ 7.29m (+1.72)

The NACAC U23 Championships will continue through Sunday. 

2016 NCAA 400m Hurdles Champion Kiah Seymour is the top seed in Sunday’s 400m hurdles final.

Wildcats heading to Rio
Six Wildcats have qualified to compete in athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Andrew Evans will represent Team USA in the discus after he placed third at Olympic Trials last week.

Leah Nugent qualified for Rio in the 400m hurdles at Jamaica Trials.

Alumni Rondel Sorrillo, a UK volunteer assistant coach who trains in Lexington, and Mikel Thomas both qualified for the Olympics at the Trinidad and Tobago trials. 

Freshman Camacho-Quinn (Puerto Rico – 100m hurdles) and Luis Orta (Venezuela – marathon) are also already qualified for the Olympic Games. Camacho-Quinn has never competed internationally so she was still eligible to compete at U.S. Trials, as she is an American citizen. 

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