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Higgs landed at 25-2.5 for a third-place finish in long jump and Arkansas' first team points of the meet.
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Higgs Places Third in Long Jump

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EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 4 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team got on the board Thursday following a third-place finish by Raymond Higgs in long jump. His mark of 25-2.5 scored six points for the Razorbacks on day two of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Higgs landed at 25-2.5 on his first attempt for his best jump of the day, matching the mark twice more throughout the six rounds. The senior earned a third-place finish at NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third-consecutive season, finishing third in 2012 and runner-up in 2013. Higgs tabbed the first scoring performance of the meet and will have another chance to score Saturday in the triple jump.

“I’m extremely proud of Higgs,” said Assistant Coach Travis Geopfert. “He gave a great effort today in very tough conditions. He’s got another shot at being All-American in the triple jump on Saturday and I know he’s going to bring it.”

Stanley Kebenei qualified in the steeplechase, easily winning his heat with a time of 8:48.83 to automatically advance to Saturday’s finals. Also qualifying to finals on Saturday was the 4x400-meter relay team of Jarrion Lawson, Eric Janise, Travis Southard and Neil Braddy. The squad crossed the finish line in 3:04.74 for a spot in finals to compete for an NCAA Title.

Kevin Lazas finished 12th in the decathlon, following a strong showing on day two. After finding himself in 17th place through the first two events on Thursday, Lazas looked to his strongest event in pole vault and cleared 16-8.75 for a second-place finish and an impressive 941 points. Immediately following, a top-10 finish in javelin at 188-7 moved Lazas up in the standings heading into the final event. He clocked 4:22.11 in the 1,500-meter and although it didn’t move him into scoring position, the senior overcame a late-season injury to add a strong finish to his career in only his second decathlon of the season.

"I couldn't be more proud of Lazas," said Geopfert. "He finished his career as a five-time All-American, NCAA National Champion and Arkansas school record holder in both indoor and outdoor. He competed like a champion all the way to the end despite a tremendous adversity his senior year. We are very proud to have him forever be a Razorback."

Friday’s competition gets underway with men’s high jump at 5:20 p.m. (CT), as Noah Kittelson and Ken LeGassey compete for a national title. Patrick Rono will appear in his first 800-meter outdoor finals race at 7:15 p.m. (CT) followed by Kebenei in the 5,000-meter at 8:10 p.m. (CT). The Razorbacks will have four opportunities to score on day four.

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Thursday Results (Day Two)

110-Meter Hurdles (Semis)

Omar McLeod - DNF

3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Semis)
9. Stanley Kebenei – 8:48.83Q

4x400-Meter Relay (Semis)
8. Lawson/Janise/Southard/Braddy – 3:04.74q

Long Jump
3. Raymond Higgs – 25-2.5
15. Anthony May – 23-10.25

Decathlon (Day Two - Final)
12. Kevin Lazas – 7,516
    18. 110H – 15.34 (809 pts.)
    17. DT – 120-10 (601 pts.)
      2. PV – 16-8.75 (941 pts.)
      9. JT – 188-7 (700 pts.)
    18. 1500m – 4:52.11 (606 pts.)

Team Standings
1. Oregon (26 pts.)
2. Georgia (24 pts.)
3. Texas (19.5 pts.)
4. Oklahoma State (16 pts.)
4. Wisconsin (16 pts.)
6. Florida (14 pts.)
7. Akron (11 pts.)
8. Mississippi (10 pts.)
8. Kent State (10 pts.)
10. Long Beach St. (8 pts.)
10. Cornell (8 pts.)
12. Arkansas (6 pts.)
12. Tennessee (6 pts.)

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