Track and Field

Harrison rolls up points for Kentucky at NCAAs

cbest@newsobserver.comJune 23, 2014 

Keni Harrison, pictured during her senior year at Clayton High School, finished second in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Track and Field Championships last week.

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Clayton’s Keni Harrison finished second in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, last weekend. Harrison, a junior at the University of Kentucky, clocked in at 55.55 seconds.

She was also fifth in the 100 hurdles with the second-fastest all-conditions time of her career (12.79), scoring a combined 12 points for the Wildcats in the championships.

“Whenever you can be disappointed and score 12 points, that’s a pretty good thing for a program,” Kentucky head coach Edrick Floréal told UKathletics.com. “I couldn’t be prouder of Keni. I think coming off the 400m hurdles (Harrison was favored, and finished second) she could have tanked. Coming back and fighting pretty hard to get fifth place was key.

“She didn’t run bad, 12.79 is her second fastest all-conditions time ever. Doing that when it counts at the NCAA Championships is pretty unique.”

Harrison helped Kentucky earn its best finish in school history at the NCAA Championships. The Wildcat were seventh overall, scoring 26 points. That’s eight more than their previous school best point total at the NCAAs.

New Balance Nationals: Four athletes from Garner earned All-American honors at the New Balance Nationals track and field championships at N.C. A&T during the weekend. The meet featured the majority of the top high school athletes in the nation.

Garner football running back Nyheim Hines was fifth in the 100 meters, running a personal best 10.52 seconds in preliminaries and 10.57 in the final. Still, he left the championships a little disappointed.

Hines teamed with Quinton Campbell, Michael Jenkins and James Johnson on a fifth place run in the 800-meter sprint medley. The medley features two competitors running 100 meters, one running 200 and one running a 400.

Davis third in NCAA finale: Southeast Raleigh graduate Wayne Davis II finished third in the 110-meter hurdles at NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships last weekend. Davis, a senior at Texas A&M, clocked in at 13.24 seconds.

Davis, who will turn professional this summer and run under the flag of Trinidad and Tobago, has finished in the top six in the hurdles for each of the past four seasons. He won the national title as a junior and scored 27 points for the Aggies at the NCAA Championships during his career.

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