University of Northern Colorado freshman Jerome Campbell won his 60-meter hurdle semifinal race at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship on Friday night.
Campbell won the first semifinal, upsetting several competitors from Power Five programs, automatically qualifying for the finals on Saturday.
“I don’t think anybody would’ve put this guy into winning the first heat,” one of the announcers said.
His fast start allowed him to win the preliminary race with a time of 7.63. That ties the UNC program record, which he set at the Big Sky Indoor Championship prelims two weeks ago. He won the conference title with a time of 7.65.
Campbell’s time was tied for third between both semifinals. Hurdlers from Nebraska and Texas Tech finished the second race less than 1/10th of a second faster than his time.
The Bear competes for a spot on the podium at 7:40 p.m. Saturday. Fans can watch his race on ESPN+.
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