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AUSTIN, Texas – South Carolina State senior sprinter Demek Kemp finished his collegiate career with a school-record tying time of 10.03 in the 100 meters at the 2019 NCAA Track and Field Championships, but just missed qualifying for Friday’s finals.

Kemp, running in the third and final heat – which was also the fastest heat of the day – finished fourth in his heat and recorded the eighth-best time overall in the event. Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech, in a 9.96 clocking, edged Florida’s Hakim Sani Brown (9.96) by hundredths of a second for the top time of the day.

The NCAA format calls for the top two finishers in each of three heats and the two best remaining times in the semifinals to advance. Purdue’s Waseem Williams, despite a clocking of 10.06, well below Kemp’s mark, got the final spot in the finals with a second-place finish in his heat.

Despite not making the final, Kemp capped his incredible SC State track career by earning a trip to Austin and the NCAA Championships, becoming the second Bulldog performer in as many seasons for SC State coach Tim Langford’s squad to reach the milestone, following a 14-year drought by the Orangeburg program.

“I am extremely proud of Demek’s performance,” Langford said. “He equaled his lifetime best in the race, but it was tough to see him finish eighth overall but not make the final.

“But this has been the most consistent year he’s had performance-wise. I’ve been blessed to coach this young man, and our program is better because of his choice to attend SC State. Both he and Tyrell (Richard, the Bulldog 400 meter champion) have qualified for the USA Track and Field Championship, hoping to earn a spot on the USA World Championship Team.”

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