Kentucky track and field freshman Jasmine Camacho-Quinn had a strong debut in a Puerto Rico uniform as she ran the top preliminary qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles at the North American, Central American, and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships on Saturday.
Camacho-Quinn, who is competing in her first international competition, ran 12.84 (-0.4) to qualify into tomorrow’s final automatically joint-fastest with Pedrya Seymour (Bahamas).
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. Camacho-Quinn will also run the 100m hurdles final on Sunday.
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.
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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