UKTF’s Kiah Seymour Claims Double Gold on Sunday at NACAC U23 Championships


SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Kentucky track and field junior Kiah Seymour claimed the Gold Medal in the 400-meter hurdles and as part of Team USA’s 4x400m relay to conclude the North American, Central American, and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships on Sunday.

Kentucky Wildcats claimed four Gold Medals at the 2016 NACAC U23 Championships. Seymour won double gold on Sunday. Beckie Famurewa, who like Seymour was competing for Team USA, won the hammer throw on Friday. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (Puerto Rico) won the 100m hurdles on Saturday.

Seymour ran 56.19 to defeat fellow-American Autumn Franklin by 0.17 seconds.

Seymour was the third leg on the U.S. 4x400m relay that ran 3:28.45 to win by more than a three-second margin over Silver-Medal Jamaica.

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) on Saturday.

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 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)

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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