J'can duo chases NCAA cross country glory
JAMAICANS Kemoy Campbell of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and Natoya Goule of Louisiana State will take part in today's NCAA DI South Central Regional Cross Country Championships at Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Campbell's Razorbacks are ranked No two, Goule's Fighting Tigers have a top four standing in the South Central Region comprising teams from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.
Goule's 6,000m race will get underway at 11:00 am. She will face 187 other athletes, with LSU being one of 23 schools vying for places at the NCAA Division I Championships on November 17.
Campbell's 10,000m gets cracking at 12:15 pm with some 170 athletes from 22 schools participating. The top two schools and top four individuals not on an advancing team will receive automatic berths to the national championships, with additional teams and individuals chosen through an "at-large selection process".
Twenty-one-year-old Campbell will have the opportunity to run with reigning champion Henry Lelei of Texas A&M, College Station, and runner-up Eric Fernandez, a Razorback, in order to finish in the top 20 and target under 30 minutes.
Others expected to feature are Craig Lutz of Texas, Daniel Mutai of University of Louisiana at Monroe, Roy Dohner of Texas, and Patrick Kimeli of Texas A&M.
Goule, also 21, will try to focus on a top-10 finish and run under 21 minutes. She will need to keep her eyes on Natosha Rogers of Texas A&M, Sara Sutherland of Texas, Kaitlin Flattman of Arkansas, Cate Westenhover of Baylor, and Marielle Hall and Laleh Mojtabaeezamani of Texas.