Kilgore-Cameron Jackson

Kilgore native Cameron Jackson (above) is still winning, this time for the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, where he was recently named the Sun Belt Conference’s indoor track men’s freshman of the year.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – University of Arkansas-Little Rock sprinter Cameron Jackson, from Kilgore, made history recently. He was named the Sun Belt Conference’s Freshman of the Year for the 2021 indoor season as the league announced its postseason awards.

This marks the first time a Little Rock athlete has ever claimed the Sun Belt’s Freshman of the Year honor.

Jackson, who was phenomenal for coach Phillip Lane and the track program here at Kilgore High School, looks to be continuing his fantastic track career. Jackson received this accolade after winning the 60 meter dash at the conference championship meet Feb. 23, running 6.75. He led the field in the prelims as well with a time of 6.72 that ranks third-best in school history.

Jackson was just the second Little Rock sprinter to ever win the 60 meter dash at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships, following Keshawn Andrews in 2019.

His prelims time of 6.72 currently ranks Jackson tied at 34 in the nation and in the conversation for a national championship appearance.

With about 10,000 students and 100 programs, UA-Little Rock offers learning, research, service, social and career opportunities that can only be found at a metropolitan university located in Arkansas’ capital city.

The News Herald often updates where former area athletes are now; anyone who has a suggestion for a story can e-mail sports editor Mitch Lucas at mlucas@kilgorenewsherald.com.

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