– The top-ranked Razorbacks hosted their first outdoor meet of the season, winning three events on the newly-resurfaced track at John McDonnell Field. In addition, Arkansas earned several NCAA qualifying marks and took home two personal-best performances.
earned the first win of the day in the 1,500-meter with a time of 3:48.73, followed by Andrew Pisechko
in second place with 3:40.20.
built on his success from last season’s spring invite, winning the team’s second event title of the day with a personal-best throw of 216-9 in the javelin. Mirocke surpassed his previous mark of 202-11, which was recorded at last year’s event at John McDonnell Field. Mirocke now ranks No. 7 all-time in Arkansas history.
With a clearance of 17-0.75, Andrew Irwin
won the pole vault competition, picking up the team’s third title of the day and his best performance of the season so far.
Following a runner-up finish in the 400-meter, earning the second-fastest time in the nation, Neil Braddy
ran a leg of the 4x100-meter relay team that finished third overall, second out of the college competition. The quartet of Curtis Brown
, Jarrion Lawson
, Braddy and Travis Southard
earned a third-place finish in 39.97, the second-fastest time in the nation.
Later in the day, Lawson set a new personal-best in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.12, taking down his previous record of 21.20 set at the Arkansas-Oregon Dual in 2013. The time was good for a fourth-place finish.
@RazorbackTF Quick Hits
> The No. 1 Razorbacks earned three event titles (Squella, Mirocke, Irwin), three runner-up finishes and 10 top-five places on Saturday.
> Two personal records were broken: Mirocke (javelin) and Lawson (200-meter dash).
> Neil Braddy
earned a runner-up finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.47, currently ranking as the second-best time in the nation.
> Former Razorback, All-American and Olympian Wallace Spearmon was at John McDonnell Field for the Arkansas Spring Invitational, competing in the 4x100 meter relay, 100-meter dash and 400-meter dash to earn a top finish in each event. He was joined by fellow former Razorbacks Marek Niit
and Akheem Gauntlett
Quotes from @RazorbackTF
Pete Mirocke (Javelin, 216-9): PR, NCAA qualifying mark, 7th all-time at Arkansas
“It feels good to come out like this in just the second meet of the year. My warm-ups felt good and I put trust in my approach. Coach Geopfert told me what to build on and I just relaxed. I haven’t set a PR in a while so getting that off my back was great. Hopefully I’ll keep progressing from here and improving the rest of the season.”
Assistant Coach Travis Geopfert on the overall performance…
“Overall we had a great meet. It’s great to get out on a newly-resurfaced track and it proved to be fast. Looking at the day, it was a great team performance all-around. The guys in the 1500 on the track ran well, 800-meter stepped up as did the 4x100 relay getting their NCAA qualifying mark. The high jumpers jumped really well, getting qualifying marks was great this early in the season. A breakthrough performance was Pete Mirocke
in javelin, set a huge PR and earned his qualifying mark. Overall the guys did great and performed very well.”
Arkansas will return to John McDonnell Field next weekend for the John McDonnell Invitational. The two-day meet will take place Friday, April 11 – Saturday, April 12.
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Arkansas Spring Invitational Results
10. Curtis Brown
15. Alex Greene
17. Trae Carey
19. Chase Lamers
22. Nathanael Franks
4. Jarrion Lawson
– 21.12 (PR – prev. 21.20)
9. Travis Southard
10. Curtis Brown
24. Chase Lamers
2. Neil Braddy
16. David Wren
1. Tomas Squella
2. Andrew Pisechko
9. Raymond Joseph
11. Arch Robertson – 8:58.30
10. Larry Donald
12. Lane Austell
13. Nathanael Franks
15. Anthony Parisi
18. Brad Culp – 16.39
19. Dwayne Golbek
5. Larry Donald
10. Anthony Parisi
3. Brown/Lawson/Braddy/Southard – 39.97
9. Franks/Austell/Lazas/Culp – 3:28.99
10. Dwayne Golbek
12. Nate Gneiting
2. Anthony May – 7-2.5
3. Ken LeGassey
8. Stephen Payne
1. Andrew Irwin
6. Brad Culp – 15-1
8. Braden Henderson
8. Lane Austell
3. Devin Randal – 170-1
10. Kevin Lazas
16. Brad Culp – 104-10
18. Lane Austell
9. Devin Randall
13. Deatrich Wise – 44-3.5
1. Pete Mirocke
– 216-9 (PR – prev. 202-11)
On the west coast, several Razorbacks from the distance crew competed at the Stanford Invitational. The invitational was tabbed as the USTFCCCA National Meet of the Week. Stanley Kebenei
took the track for the first this season, sitting the indoor season out.
Cale Wallace – 3:50.23
Aiden Swain – 15:23.16