– At the end of day two of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., the No. 2 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team is tied for second place with 14 points. Thursday’s action included a second-place finish for Raymond Higgs
in the long jump, an eighth-place result for Kevin Lazas
in the decathlon and a qualifying run in the 4x400-meter relay. Competition on day three for the Arkansas men starts at 5:20 p.m. (CT).
With his performance Thursday, Higgs improved upon his bronze finish at last year’s national meet in Des Moines, Iowa. The Razorback junior entered the final round of jumps in third place but moved into second with his day’s best of 8.03m/26-4.25 in the fifth round. Higgs had legal attempts on five of his six passes down the runway, getting out to at least 25-10 in those jumps. His jump Thursday represents the fifth-best all-conditions mark of his career.
Lazas completed the two-day decathlon with 7,933 points which earned the Razorback junior an eighth-place finish and one point toward the team’s overall total. In the highlight of the day, Lazas won the pole vault competition with a final clearance of 5.30m/17-4.5. He also ran to a personal-best time of 15.08 in the 110-meter hurdles to open the day. His final score was a season best by more than 350 points and just 22 points shy of the school-record score he posted at last year’s NCAA meet in Des Moines.
In the Razorbacks’ only semifinal action of the day, the 4x400-meter relay team of Neil Braddy
, Anton Kokorin
, Caleb Cross
and Akheem Gauntlett
secured a spot in the event final. Arkansas won heat one of the semifinal round with a season-best time of 3:04.00. The Razorbacks are the third-overall qualifier heading into Saturday’s final which will be run at 5:50 p.m. as the last event of the weekend.
Thursday’s competition also featured a trio of NCAA outdoor first-time competitors in Nathanael Franks
in the decathlon, Solomon Haile
at 10,000 meters and Jarrion Lawson
in the long jump. Franks finished the two-day, 10-event competition in 16th place with 7,469 points and four personal bests. Haile finished 17th in the long-distance race with a time of 30:21.21, while Lawson was 14th overall in the long jump with a mark of 7.60m/24-11.25.
Arkansas will have five scoring opportunities Friday. Cross and Gauntlett will return to the track for final in the 400-meter hurdles and at 400 meters, respectively. The Razorbacks will also be seeking points at 800 meters with Leoman Momoh
, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with Stanley Kebenei
and in the high jump with Anthony May II
and Dwayne Golbek
In addition to live results from Flash Results and an interactive blog, the meet will be broadcast with coverage windows spread among Pac-12 Live Stream, ESPN3.com, WatchESPN and ESPNU. 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.
10,000 Meters (final)
17. Solomon Haile
4x400m Relay (semifinal)
3. Braddy/Kokorin/Cross/Gauntlett – 3:04.00Q
Long Jump (final)
2. Raymond Higgs
– 8.03m/26-4.25w (+2.3) [8 points]
14. Jarrion Lawson
--. Tarik Batchelor
8. Kevin Lazas
– 7,933 points [1 point]
16. 110m Hurdles – 15.08 (PR – prev: 15.12) [840 points]
10. Discus – 41.57m/136-4 
1. Pole Vault – 5.30m/17-4.5 [1,004]
10. Javelin – 55.33m/181-6 
16. 1,500 Meters – 4:48.35 
16. Nathanael Franks
21. 110m Hurdles – 15.49 (PR – prev: 15.59) [791 points]
17. Discus – 37.93m/124-5 
22. Pole Vault – 4.30m/14-1.25 (PR – prev: 13-11.25) 
17. Javelin – 50.55m/165-10 
2. 1,500 Meters – 4:15.52 (PR – prev: 4:23.16)