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Athletics: World Championships - Field Preview

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Current and former members of the Arkansas Razorback track and field programs will begin competition at the 2009 IAAF World Championships Sat., Aug 15 in Berlin. Competition will run until Sun., Aug. 23.

Some familiar faces with Arkansas ties will be competing in the field events in current student-athlete Alain Bailey (long jump) and alumni Jeremy Scott (pole vault). Bailey's first round in the long jump is scheduled for Thurs., Aug. 20 while Scott will compete in the opening round of the pole vault on the same day.

In Berlin, Bailey will compete for his native Jamaica in the long jump. He is the 2009 Jamaican National Champion (26-11.25), a four-time SEC Champion, a three-time All-American and posted the best long jump by a Jamaican this year. His season and personal best of 26-11.25 is the No. 5 jump on Arkansas' all-time list. He was named the 2009 SEC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.

Leading the Team USA men's pole vault quartet will be reigning World Outdoor champion and 2006 World Indoor Championships gold medalist Brad Walker. Walker will be joined on the Team USA roster by Derek Miles, who tied for second at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships with 2009 USA Indoor Champion Scott. Scott is believed to be the world's tallest pole vaulter, standing six feet, nine inches. The 2002 NCAA D-III Indoor and Outdoor champion, Scott has a personal-best clearance of 18-10.25 from this year's USA Outdoor Championships.

During his short time at Arkansas, Scott was the 2004 SEC Outdoor Champion (18-0.5), a 2004 NCAA Outdoor All-American (fourth, 18-0.5) and set the outdoor school record with a clearance of 18-2.75.

In addition to the field event athletes, Arkansas will also be represented by current student-athletes Marek Niit (Estonia, 200 meters) and Dorian Ulrey (USA, 1,500 meters) and alumni Amy Yoder Begley (10,000 meters), Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica, 100M/200M), Alistair Cragg (5,000 meters), Tyson Gay (USA, 100M/200M), Jeremy Scott (USA, pole vault), Wallace Spearmon, Jr. (USA, 200 meters) and Christin Wurth-Thomas (1,500 meters).

NBC, Versus to broadcast meet

The 2009 World Championships will be broadcast in the United States daily on NBC and Versus. The broadcast schedule is as follows. All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings.

August 15: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. NBC
August 16: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. NBC
August 17: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Versus
August 18: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Versus
August 19: 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Versus
August 20: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Versus
August 21: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Versus
August 22: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. NBC
August 23: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. NBC

For more information on Team USA at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, visit: USATF.org.


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