Camels look to qualify for Indoor Nationals this weekend

Amon Kemboi (David Duncan Photography)
Amon Kemboi (David Duncan Photography)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell's indoor track squad will be represented at multiple meets this weekend as CU will send two small groups to the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. and the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa. Both meets will be streamed live on FloTrack.com, accessible with a FloPRO paid subscription.

As the end of the indoor track season approaches, the Fighting Camels are looking to improve on their marks in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Indoor National Championships. To qualify, an athlete must rank in the top-16 of their event at the end of indoor season.

The Don Kirby Invitational will be hosted by the University of New Mexico at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11. The meet is well-known for its jumping events because of Albuquerque's high altitude (5,312 feet), therefore Campbell will be sending a group of its top jumpers in Sabina Allen, Shenelle McKay, Marta Segarra-Dionis, Lorne Jenkins and Davian Rhodes.

On Friday, McKay, Allen and Jenkins will get things started for CU as they compete in the long jump at 4 p.m. MST. Jenkins will also run in the 60m dash, scheduled to begin at 4:15. McKay and Segarra-Dionis will represent the Camels in the women's high jump, both looking to improve on their season-best marks of 1.70m. To cap off the night, Rhodes will compete in the men's high jump for the final event of the day.

Day two of the meet features the men's and women's triple jump. Allen will compete for CU on the women's side, hoping to beat her personal-best mark of 13.11m. Jenkins is set to compete in the men's triple jump, looking to improve on his PR of 15.35m.

The Camels will face a wealth of top competition from the 'Power 5' conferences at the Don Kirby Invite, including athletes from Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington State. For a full breakdown of the meet's schedule, entries, heat sheets and more, click the link above.

The ISU Classic will be hosted by Iowa State University at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center and will also be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11. ISU's indoor track is larger than average at 300m, which typically allows for faster times in distance running events. Campbell will send distance runners Amon Terer, Amon Kemboi and Joan Maritim as well as mid-distance runner Roshae Jackson to the meet.

Terer and Kemboi are both coming off of stellar performances at the Camel City Elite Invitational, running the two-fastest 3000m races in Campbell history at 7:59.92 and 8:02.04, respectively. Those marks were converted down to 7:54.40 and 7:56.50 due to track size, ranking the duo sixth and ninth in the NCAA. Both athletes will represent Campbell in the men's 5000m at the ISU Classic, and compared to last season's results, they would need to run a 13:47 or better to qualify for nationals.

Maritim will also run the 5000m for Campbell, looking to shatter her previous personal best of 16:40.95 that was set last season. To place in the current top-16 national qualifiers, she would need a time of 16:25 or better. Jackson is set to compete in the women's 800m, where she holds the Campbell outdoor record at 2:09.99. CU's indoor 800m record is currently held by Heather Lee at 2:12.19.

Following the meets, the Camels are scheduled compete at the UCS Invitational in Winston Salem, N.C. on Saturday, Feb. 18. The Big South Indoor Track Championships will take place the following weekend, slated for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.