Athlete of the week: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn

Published: May. 30, 2018 at 11:55 PM EDT
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Kentucky's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn has proven herself as one of the top hurdlers in the country. She was the NCAA Champion in the 100 meter hurdles as a freshman and finished runner up in the event as a sophomore.

Over Memorial Day weekend Kentucky track and field competed at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships at South Florida, the final primer for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

"The goal was just to make it to nationals in every event," said Camacho-Quinn. "So I knew what I had to do."

The UK junior had a massive workload, competing in six races over two days.

"It was pretty challenging," said Camacho-Quinn. "I knew the competition that I was going up against. So I knew I had to go out there and run my hardest in every single race and that's what I did."

Camacho-Quinn was the top qualifier in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 12.9 seconds. She was the 7th finisher in the 200 meters and was a part of the 4X100 meter and 4X400 meter relays, qualifying in all four events. She dedicated the meet to her older cousin, who was killed a week before the meet.

"The weekend before I was in North Carolina for my brother's graduation and that night before the graduation my god mom came in the room and was like Booli got shot.," said Camacho-Quinn.

The next day, Camacho-Quinn learned her cousin didn't make it and she'd be unable to attend her funeral.

"So I was just contacting family back home and I was like when's the funeral," said Camacho-Quinn. "Because if it's going to be next Sunday or something I can make it, and they told me t was Saturday and I was like I can't make it but you know what you have to do and that's what I did."

Now Camacho-Quinn turns her attention to the NCAA Championships and a chance to prove she's the top collegiate hurdler in the country.

"I'm just going out there and doing it for everybody, my country and my family and my teammates of course and for myself," said Camacho-Quinn. "It's nationals, and it's big and I just want to put on a show."