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Kemar Clarke Takes on the NCAA Championships Starting Thursday Night

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June 7, 2012

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DES MOINES, IOWA – Championship competition begins for Bethune-Cookman’s Kemar Clarke, Thursday evening on the campus of Drake University, at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. For the second straight year, he joins the national field in the 110 meter hurdles, vying for a shot at a national title.

Clarke enters the race with a time of 13.65, matching the 13th in the nation, having also performed at that level twice in the past two weeks, both at the NTC Last Chance and NCAA East Regional.

“We hope for an aggressive but clean race,” said Head Coach Donald Cooper. “Kemar feels confident and knows he is ready to run fast now, and this is the place to do it. It’s round three of the 110 hurdles and B-CU is still in the hunt.”

Last season, Clarke finished 19th nationally at the NCAA Championships, logging a 13.881 in the final after putting in a 13.85 during the semifinal. Much like last season, the B-CU senior is coming on strong at just the right time, collecting career bests when it really counts.

Clarke wrapped up practice on Wednesday at a local high school in Des Moines, solidifying the finishing touches on his technique for Thursday’s 6:50 p.m. semifinal race.

“We worked out a couple of kinks that should allow him to be more aggressive in the middle of his race,” Coach Cooper said, “helping him to make a move on the competition.”

“The hurdles are so unpredictable,” Cooper continued. “Hitting one hurdle the wrong way can move you from first to last.”

Stay tuned to and the official B-CU twitter @bcuathletics for updates from Drake and the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

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