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Patrick Rono records new PR in the 1,500-meter elite section (3:46.11)
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Rono sets PR; Lawson, 4x400 Relay Top-Finishers at Mt. SAC

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WALNUT, Calif. – The men’s track and field team’s trip to California was highlighted by some key performances at the elite Mt. SAC Relays. The three-day meet showcases some of the most talented athletes in the world, both on the collegiate and professional level.

Jarrion Lawson had a huge performance in the long jump, winning the event with a second-best outdoor career jump of 25-9.25. The mark ranks the sophomore No. 3 in the NCAA this season and second in the SEC. It was Lawson’s first long jump competition since winning the event at the 2014 NCAA Indoor National Championships.

Patrick Rono raced against some of the top distance runners in the world, both collegiate and professional, finishing sixth with an outdoor personal-best time of 3:46.11. The time enters Rono into the SEC top-five, sitting at No. 4 in the conference top-times.

Omar McLeod completed his first outdoor competition of the season, his effort of 51.79 in the 400-meter hurdles earned the freshman a third-place overall finish and the team’s fastest time this season. It also places McLeod seventh in the SEC so far this season.

The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Eric Janise, Travis Southard, Neil Braddy and Lawson earned a season-best time of 3:10.27 to pick up the victory for Arkansas. Janise moved in to challenge the leaders on the first leg, as Southard brought the Razorbacks into first place on the second leg, handing off to Braddy who maintained a comfortable lead. Lawson finished strong for the win and the ninth-best time in the SEC this season.

@RazorbackTF Quick Hits
> Lawson’s long jump mark of 25-9.25 is second best in his career, No. 2 in SEC and No. 3 in the NCAA.
> Raymond Higgs took down his triple jump outdoor PR on a final leap of 48-11.5, surpassing his previous best of 48-8 recorded at the John McDonnell Invitational last season.
> Pete Mirocke’s top-10 finish of 206-4 in javelin on Friday marks his second-best career performance.
> Patrick Rono finished 6th with a time of 3:46.11 in the 1,500-meter Olympic Development section, running against a heat comprised of the top collegiate and professional athletes in the world. His previous outdoor PR was 3:46.30 set in 2012 at the John McDonnell Invitational.
> Stanley Kebenei’s time of 13:57.49 in the 5,000-meter ranks third in the SEC this season. Kebenei made a strong return to the track after missing the indoor season.
> Outdoor PRs at the #MtSACRelays: Rono (1500m – 3:46.11); Higgs (TJ – 48-11.5)

Arkansas will return action next week as the No. 3 Razorbacks travel to Des Moines, Iowa for the Drake Relays. For more information on Razorback Track and Field, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.

Complete Mt. SAC Relay Results

Mt. SAC Relays Results

400-Meter Dash
11. Neil Braddy – 47.30
17. Eric Janise - 47.72
36. Travis Southard – 48.47

22. Andrew Pisechko – 1:52.36

1,500-Meter (Elite)
6. Patrick Rono – 3:46.11 (PR – prev. 3:46.30)

1,500-Meter (Open)
52. Cale Wallace – 3:52.12

24. Stanley Kebenei – 13:57.49

110-meter Hurdles
19. Larry Donald – 14.51

400-Meter Hurdles
3. Omar McLeod – 51.79
16. Larry Donald 53.01

4x400-Meter Relay
1. Janise/Southard/Braddy/Lawson – 3:10.27

Long Jump
1. Jarrion Lawson – 25-9.25
23. Trae Carey – 22-5

Triple Jump
7. Raymond Higgs – 48-11.5 (PR – prev. 48-8)

High Jump
3. Anthony May – 6-10.25
3. Ken LeGassey – 6-10.25
11. Noah Kittelson – 6-8.25
17, Dwayne Golbek – 6-8.25

39. Devin Randall – 155-10

10. Pete Mirocke – 206-4

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