– The No. 1 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team will have 19 scoring opportunities at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend in Fayetteville. The NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Committee released its accepted entries list Monday evening. The Razorbacks’ 19 entries will be spread among 13 of 17 events at the two-day national meet.
Seniors Tarik Batchelor
and Leoman Momoh
enter the NCAA weekend ranked as the No. 1 performer in their respective events. Batchelor leads the country in the triple jump with his personal-best mark of 16.53m/54-2.75 at the SEC Championships. At the Arkansas Final Qualifer last weekend, Momoh clocked in at 1:46.07 for 800 meters for the fastest time by a collegiate runner since 2001 and eighth fastest in NCAA history.
The Razorbacks have multiple entries in four events, including four in the 800-meter event. Momoh will be joined in the four-lap race by teammates Tomas Squella
, Patrick Rono
and Anthony Lieghio
. Arkansas will have two entries each at 200 meters with Akheem Gauntlett
and Marek Niit
, in the long jump with Raymond Higgs
and Jarrion Lawson
and in the triple jump with Batchelor and Anthony May II
. Gauntlett was the national runner-up at 200 meters in 2012.
May, the only Razorback entered in two individual events, will also compete in the high jump. Arkansas will also be represented by Anton Kokorin
at 400 meters, Kemoy Campbell
at 3,000 meters, Stanley Kebenei
at 5,000 meters, Caleb Cross
in the 60-meter hurdles, defending NCAA champion Andrew Irwin
in the pole vault and Kevin Lazas
in the heptathlon.
Arkansas will also have scoring chances in the 4x400-meter and distance-medley relays. The Razorbacks are the defending NCAA champion in the 4x400-meter relay. Last year, the team had 10 national entries at the NCAA meet contested in Nampa, Idaho.
The 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships will be streamed live by ESPN3.com Friday beginning at 5:25 p.m. (CT) and Saturday beginning at 5:50 p.m. Early portions of the meet not covered by ESPN3 will be streamed at NCAA.com and ArkansasRazorbacks.com, beginning with the start of competition each day. A tape-delay broadcast of the national meet will air March 17 at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
Arkansas will host the NCAA Indoor Championships this Friday and Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center for the 11th time in program history. For tickets, visit the Razorback Ticket Center on Razorback Road by Baum Stadium, log on to the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or call 800-982-HOGS (4647). Keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field with the team’s RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.
2013 NCAA Championships Entries
4. Akheem Gauntlett
6. Marek Niit
12. Anton Kokorin
1. Leoman Momoh
3. Tomas Squella
8. Patrick Rono
14. Anthony Lieghio
15. Kemoy Campbell
12. Stanley Kebenei
4. Caleb Cross
3. Gauntlett/Kokorin/Southard/Braddy – 3:06.26
8. Rono/Southard/Lieghio/Campbell – 9:30.22
13. Anthony May II
2. Andrew Irwin
3. Raymond Higgs
8. Jarrion Lawson
1. Tarik Batchelor
11. Anthony May – 16.02m/52-6.75
2. Kevin Lazas
– 6,042 points