TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 5 University of Arkansas men's track and field team notched six event victories Saturday at the Arizona State Tri-Meet in Tempe, Ariz. Competing against No. 3 LSU and No. 7 Arizona State, the Razorbacks collected wins from Akheem Gauntlett at 200 meters, Patrick Rono at 800 meters, Kyle Dunn in the 400-meter hurdles, Noah Kittelson in the high jump, Andrew Irwin in the pole vault and the 4x400-meter relay team.
In the first event on the track, the 4x100-meter relay team of Gauntlett, Caleb Cross, Neil Braddy and Marek Niit combined for a time of 39.48 to come away with the victory. Gauntlett, the 2012 NCAA indoor runner-up, returned to the track to place first at 200 meters in a time of 20.53. Based on times entering the weekend, his performance is No. 3 in the NCAA this season.
Razorback freshman accounted for two wins on the track with the efforts of Rono and Dunn. At 800 meters, Rono used a late kick to take top honors in a personal-best time of 1:48.85, dipping below the 1:49 mark for the first time of his outdoor career. Dunn, in his second race of the day, ran to first place in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 51.37, the top freshman performance in the NCAA this season.
Arkansas' first field-event win came from Kittelson in the high jump. He finished the event with a winning clearance of 2.10m/6-10.75 and led a sweep of the top three spots for the Razorbacks. Irwin stretched his winning streak to four meets with his victory in the pole vault. The Mount Ida, Ark., native had a final clearance of 5.41m/17-9 to secure the event win.
In addition to the six victories, the Razorbacks posted four career-best performances in Arizona. Along with the times by Dunn and Rono, the team saw personal-best showings from Leoman Momoh in the 800 meters and Travis Southard in the 400-meter hurdles. Momoh was the runner-up at 800 meters with a time of 1:49.54 while Southard finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.13.
On top of their six victories, Arkansas had six runner-up finishes and three 1-2 results Saturday. The Razorbacks' second-place showings came from Cross in the 110-meter hurdles, Momoh at 800 meters, Michael Chinchar at 1,500 meters, Brede Ellingsen in the high jump, Andrew Pennington in the 400-meter hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay team of Momoh, Southard, Dunn and Ben Skidmore.
The Arizona State Tri-Meet was Arkansas' third event of the outdoor season. Next weekend, the team will split between the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville and the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Arizona State Tri-Meet Results
2. Michael Chinchar - 3:53.97
1. Cross/Gauntlett/Braddy/Niit - 39.48
2. Skidmore/Momoh/Southard/Dunn - 3:13.01
3. Cross/Bourke/Pennington/Rono - 3:24.81
1. Andrew Irwin - 5.41m/17-9
3. Nii Ayi - 7.13m/23-4.75
3. Justin Holmes - 48.88m/160-4