AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 4 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team continues its season with 27 entries—25 individual and two relays—at the 2013 NCAA West Preliminary which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. When qualifying lists were announced last week, the Razorbacks had 29 total entries, tied for the second-highest collection in the NCAA.
The team’s overall total also includes Nathanael Franks and Kevin Lazas in the decathlon, the only event not contested during the preliminary weekend. After qualifying rounds in Austin, the top 12 in each event from each national prelim will advance to the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships which will be held June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore. The NCAA East Preliminary is taking place this week in Greensboro, N.C.
The top 48 individuals and top 24 relays from the region will be in competition. With the exception of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and relay events, each running event will feature two rounds of qualifying. Each field event will take the top-12 competitors after one round of qualifying. The Razorbacks have at least one entry in 13 of 20 events, including a team-high five qualifiers at 800 meters. Arkansas also has four entries at 400 meters and in the high jump.
The team has two athletes pulling double duty in individual events with Tarik Batchelor in the long jump and triple jump and Anthony May II in the high jump and triple jump. The Razorbacks have a combined 10 entries between its horizontal and vertical jumps, an NCAA-best figure for that event area. Twenty five of the 36 Arkansas athletes to post a mark this season will be in action at the NCAA West Preliminary.
Arkansas carries 14 top-10 regional marks and 10 top-10 NCAA efforts into the national prelim. The Razorbacks have eight entries—May, Kemoy Campbell, Stanley Kebenei, Anton Kokorin, Jarrion Lawson, Tomas Squella, Ryan Thomas and Jeff Woods—making their individual debuts at the NCAA West Preliminary. Wood improved his national standing with her lifetime-best performance two weeks ago at the SEC Championships.
Based on this week’s release of the USTFCCCA national poll, the Razorbacks are the No. 4 team in the country and will be joined in Austin by second-ranked Texas A&M, No. 3 Oregon, No. 6 USC, No. 8 Texas, No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 15 UCLA, No. 16 Texas Tech, No. 18 California, No. 19 BYU, No. 20 TCU, No. 21 Kansas, No. 22 Arizona, No. 24 Colorado and No. 25 Oklahoma.
Meet coverage will include live video via CBSSports.com, live results and an interactive blog beginning with the running events each day. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.
NCAA West Preliminary Entries
6. Akheem Gaunlett, 45.53*
19. Marek Niit, 46.49
40. Neil Braddy, 47.05
42. Anton Kokorin, 47.08
4. Leoman Momoh, 1:47.74*
5. Ryan Thomas, 1:48.35
23. Anthony Lieghio, 1:49.35
25. Patrick Rono, 1:49.50
30. Tomas Squella, 1:49.62
5. Kemoy Campbell, 13:32.82*
5. Solomon Haile, 28:56.92*
6. Caleb Cross, 50.42*
3. Stanley Kebenei, 8:40.23*
47. David Flynn, 9:00.69
3. Cross/Lawson/Gauntlett/Niit, 39.34*
5. Braddy/Kokorin/Niit/Gauntlett, 3:04.68*
5. Anthony May II, 2.18m/7-1.75
11. Brede Ellingsen, 2.17m/7-1.5
20. Noah Kittelson, 2.15m/7-0.5
45. Dwayne Golbek, 2.10m/6-10.75
2. Andrew Irwin, 5.65m/18-6.5*
3. Tarik Batchelor, 7.90m/25-11*
10. Jarrion Lawson, 7.76m/25-5.5
24. Raymond Higgs, 7.55m/24-9.25
8. Tarik Batchelor, 15.93m/52-3.25
19. Anthony May II, 15.62m/51-3
15. Jeff Woods, 69.01m/226-5
NCAA Championships Entries
16. Kevin Lazas, 7,579 points
17. Nathanael Franks, 7,520 points
* - top-10 NCAA mark