Clarke Remains Consistent with NTC Performance
June 5, 2012
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CLERMONT, Fla. – Kemar Clarke wrapped up the final non-championship event for Bethune-Cookman over the weekend in the NTC Last Chance meet at the National Training Center’s Track & Field facility. Clarke matched his top time from the last round of NCAA Championships to earn ninth overall at NTC, and first among collegiate entries, remaining on track for this week’s NCAA National Championships.
At Saturday’s NTC Last Chance, Clarke had some challenges in the 110m hurdles, clocking a 13.97, but advancing to the finals. In the interim, he took on the 100m dash, running a time of 10.67.
However, returning to the track in the 110m hurdles final after hitting some hurdles in the prelim, he won the second finals heat, logging a time of 13.65, matching his time from the NCAA East Regional, taking ninth overall and first among collegiate performers.
“Running the 13.65 again shows he is at the level he needs to be ready to run in the next round NCAA Championships,” said Head Coach Donald Cooper. “We look forward to Nationals this week.”
Clarke continues his chase of a hurdles title in Des Moines, Iowa, at the NCAA National Track & Field Championships. The 110m hurdles semifinal is Thursday, June 7 at 6:50 at Drake University. Beyond the NCAA, Clarke is also anticipating further competition as well, heading to an Olympic Trial.
“Once we tackle this obstacle, we will set our sights on the Jamaican Olympic Trials,” Cooper noted, “as he has already qualified with his current performances.”