Two former South Carolina State track standouts will be among athletes from across the country competing at the 2019 USA Track & Field Championships July 25-27 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
The top three places in each event will qualify to represent Team USA in the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sept. 27-Oct. 6.
Monroe, Georgia, native Demek Kemp will participate in the 100 meters, while Tyrell Richard of Georgetown, is entered in the 400 meters. The duo rewrote the record books in their specific events at S.C. State during stellar Bulldog careers. Both received their undergraduate degrees in May.
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Kemp, the Bulldog record-holder in the 100 meters with a time of 10.03, is tied for 10th among the 2019 participants. His first action will be Thursday in the first round of the event, which is set for 6:05 p.m. ET. The top 16 advance to the 100-meter semifinal on Friday at 7:02 p.m.
Richard, who established the S.C. State 400-meter record in a clocking of 44.81, is seventh among the competitors in the 400 meters. His first race will also be on Thursday, beginning at 8:12 p.m. ET. The 400-meter semifinal will be run Friday at 8:14 p.m.
Selected events from the USATF Championships will be televised by NBC Sports Gold, beginning at 3:45 p.m. Thursday; 1:30 p.m. Friday; and 2 p.m. Saturday. Other networks carrying selected events include NBCSN, 7-9 p.m. Friday; and NBC 4-6 p.m. Saturday.