NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's track & field sprinters Nathan Nammour (Tampa, Fla.) and Caleb Corprew (Midwest City, Okla.) will represent the Bruins at the 2017 NCAA Division I Track and Field East Regional meet.
The meet will be held May 25-27 in Lexington, Kentucky on the campus of the University of Kentucky.
For Nammour and Corprew, this highlights a remarkable year of achievement, in leading the Belmont men's track program to new heights.
The duo spearheaded outstanding performances at last weekend's OVC Championship meet, as Bruin sprinters, throwers and distance runners delivered personal bests time after time.
Belmont finished ahead of perennial league stalwarts Eastern Illinois, Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky to place runner-up - a program-best finish in the Bruins' NCAA Division I era.
Nammour blazed to victory in the 400 meters with a Belmont-record time of 47.07. For his efforts this season, the Alabama transfer was named Belmont Newcomer of the Year at the recent Bruins' Choice Awards.
Meanwhile, Corprew continued his stronghold in the hurdles, winning the 400 meter hurdles (52.79) by nearly seven-tenths of a second, and narrowly missing out on the double in the 110 meter hurdles on a photo finish.
"While we've had several distance runners and a couple of throwers advance to the NCAA regionals in the past, Caleb and Nate are the first male sprinters in program history to reach this level," Belmont head coach Jeff Langdon said. "These are two of the hardest working guys we have ever had in our sprint program. They are the team leaders. They come to practice every day with a chip on their shoulders and have set the bar high for our track and field program. They are the reason for the energy and enthusiasm that is evident on this team and a big reason for recent successes."
"What Caleb and Nate did this year was really impressive," associate head coach Cameron Harvey said. "It's really the first time in Belmont track history that we've had two sprinters have such dominant seasons. It seemed like every time one of them stepped on the track a school record would fall. This has been something Caleb has been working toward since we started practice in the fall. He took momentum from indoor and put it into a really special outdoor season. Nate has been rewriting the record books all year. I think counting the relays, to date he has five new school records. Nate had big goals for himself at the beginning of the year, and he did everything he had to on and off the track to make it happen. You don't see a lot of athletes with that kind of focus. He definitely deserves everything that he's achieved this season. After the men's team finishing second at conference, this is a much deserved reward."
Corprew begins his quest for nationals Thursday at 4 p.m. CT, while Nammour opens at 6:45 p.m. CT.
The top 24 finishers advance to quarterfinal heats on Friday, with the top 12 moving on to the nationals in Eugene, Oregon June 7-10.
The meet will be broadcast live on SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app.
BelmontBruins.com will have complete coverage of Nammour and Corprew at NCAA Regionals.