Jamaican multi-event specialist LaFranz Campbell has made the big move from NAIA’s (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Wiley College to NCAA Division One’s Universiy of Clemson.
Campbell joins the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) based Tigers on the back of a strong freshman season at Wiley. The former Calabar High School athlete left with the Wildcats 110m hurdles record after breaking then resetting it several times before settling at 13.80 seconds.
He won the 2018 NAIA and Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) 110m hurdles and 4x100m relay outdoor titles.
But it’s his stellar 13.80 that impressed the Clemson coaching staff the most.
“His 13.80 PR would have scored big for us at the conference meet last year,” said Elliott. “He’ll get experience here indoors, but running 13.80, you can extrapolate how well he could do indoors. He was also a member of the 4x100m team [at Wiley College], so that’s a big addition for us to find someone like him,” said head coach Mark Elliott.
The time not only easily topped the NAIA, it would be the fastest time by a Clemson 110m hurdler since 2015 and also would have made him the runner-up at the 2018 ACC Outdoor Championships. It would’ve also qualified him for the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Another positive for the Tigers in getting Campbell is his three years of eligibility, with him being just a sophomore this upcoming season.
He will see several familiar faces at the South Carolina-based University with the team comprising of several Jamaicans such as: Roje Stona, Zico Campbell, Fabian Hewitt, Vashon McCarthy, Rayan Holmes on the male side and Sydney Marshall and Janell Fullerton on the female side.
Campbell should also benefit from the presence of Jamaican coach Lennox Graham, who will enter his first season as an Assistant Coach at Clemson where he will work closely with the hurdlers and sprinters.
Graham, a former Kingston College ‘Champs’ winning head coach, spent almost 10 years as the head coach of Johnson C. Smith University, where he helped guide the Jamaican version of the Williams sisters (Danielle and Shermaine) and Leeford Green to stellar collegiate careers.