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No. 1 Arkansas Wins Tyson Invite; Irwin Makes Strong Return

02/15/2014
Athletic Communications
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Day two of the Arkansas Invitational was another successful day for the No. 1 Razorbacks, as they pulled together for the team win in their final indoor home meet of the season.

Arkansas finished first with 79.5 points, followed by Alabama (53), LSU (50), Mississippi State (48) and Nebraska (46). Houston finished sixth with 42 points, with Florida State (38.5), Wisconsin (34.5), Oklahoma State (33), and Baylor (32) rounding out the top ten. Texas Tech (25), Texas (23) and Tulsa (21) came in next, and Missouri (19.5), Kentucky (12) and Louisiana Tech (11.5) finalized the team scoring.

Defending NCAA pole vault champion Andrew Irwin competed in just his third competition of the season, as he is on the mend from a surgery this fall. Irwin won the event in dramatic fashion on a third-attempt clearance of 18-4.5, posting his best mark this season and tying the second-best mark in his career. Irwin’s mark ranks No. 3 in the nation this season.

"Andrew did a great job with very little practice,” said Assistant Coach Doug Case. “He's a great vaulter and tremendous competitor. Having him back in the mix is another extra boost for our team heading into the championship portion of the season". 

Jarrion Lawson just missed his personal best with a time of 21.12 in heat one of the 200-meter dash, finishing sixth overall. Curtis Brown’s time of 21.42 beat his previous personal best of 21.56 set at the Razorback Invitational. Alex Greene also set a personal record in the 200-meters.

Freshman sprinter Omar McLeod returned the track Saturday, joining Larry Donald, Curtis Brown and Eric Janise in the 4x400 relay. The team won their heat in 3:13.71.
Arkansas put together a distance medley relay team for the first time this season, owning the field for a first-place finish. The quartet of Cale Wallace, Travis Southard, Tomas Squella and Patrick Rono recorded a time of 9:44.22 for the win.

Over in the field events, Anthony May led the Razorbacks with a third-place finish in the high jump championship division at 7-3, ranking him as the sixth best high jumper in the NCAA this season. Noah Kittelson posted his best mark this season at 7-1 for a fifth-place finish. Ken LeGassey and Dwayne Golbek just missed the 7-3 and 7-1 mark respectively, ending the day at 6-11 each.

Freshman Clive Pullen was the lone Razorback in the triple jump Saturday, recording a mark of 51-10, his third-best performance of the season.

Devin Randall’s mark of 57-7.5 was his third-best of the season, earning the sophomore an eighth-place finish at the Tyson Invitational.

The men take the overall win at the Tyson Invitational, posting a team score of 79.5, well ahead of second-place Alabama and eight other top 25 ranked teams.

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