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Menís Track & Field Earns Top Finish at Arkansas Invite

01/10/2014
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FAYETTEVILLE – The defending NCAA Indoor National Champion University of Arkansas men’s track and field team opened the 2014 season with nine event titles Friday at the Arkansas Invitational at Randal Tyson Track Center. The Razorbacks finished first in their debut meet of the season with 141 points.

Freshman Omar McLeod made an impressive debut in his first meet at Arkansas, picking up two event titles in the 60 meter hurdles and the 60 meter dash to help push the Razorbacks to a first-place finish. He earned his first-ever event title in the 60 meter hurdles with a dominating time of 7.82, ranking fourth all-time in Arkansas indoor history. He earned his second event title in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.73, ranking No. 5 in the nation this season and No. 6 all-time at Arkansas.

Neil Braddy and Travis Southard earned the Razorbacks nine points in the 200 meter dash, with times of 21.34 and 21.69, respectively. Former Razorback, Wallace Spearmon, ran unattached in the 200 meter dash, running 20.68 for the fastest time in the world so far in 2014.

Tomas Squella ran 48.77 in the 400 meter, paired with 50.77 by Gabe Munson to combine for 12 points for Arkansas. Patrick Rono earned the 600 meter event title with 1:19.92, finishing more than three minutes ahead of Tulsa’s Isaac Sanders.

Cross country SEC Champion Kemoy Campbell earned his first indoor track event title with a 1:52.01 finish in the 800 meter. Fellow cross country teammate and NCAA South Central Region Champion, Stanley Kebenei, finished 2:26.47 in the 1,000 meter for his first indoor title.

Arkansas wrapped up the day with a first-place finish in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:09.08. McLeod, Southard, Braddy and Eric Janise made up the top-finishing relay team.
In field events, Noah Kittleson took the high jump event title with 6-10.75 for seven points. NCAA defending champion Andrew Irwin won the pole event title with 16-6.75 and Devin Randall took home the shot put title with a mark of 54-8.25.

“We’ve got some good young talent out there,” said Head Coach Chris Bucknam following Friday’s meet. “I think Omar McLeoad showed what kind of athlete he is. It’s going to be a lot of fun to get this group into a championship mode. We’ll see how we do, but we are off to a good start.”

The Razorbacks return next Friday, January 17 for the Texas Duals. The highly-anticipated competition between to the two schools is slated for 6 p.m. at Randal Tyson Track Center.

For more information on Arkansas Track & Field, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.

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