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Track & Field Earns Three Event Titles at Spring Invite

04/05/2014
Athletic Communications
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – 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.

Tomas Squella 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.

Pete Mirocke 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.

For more information on Razorback Track and Field, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.

Arkansas Spring Invitational Results

100-Meter Dash
10. Curtis Brown – 10.94
15. Alex Greene – 11.11
17. Trae Carey – 11.34
19. Chase Lamers – 11.44
22. Nathanael Franks – 11.62

200-Meter Dash
4. Jarrion Lawson – 21.12 (PR – prev. 21.20)
9. Travis Southard – 21.56
10. Curtis Brown – 21.59
24. Chase Lamers – 23.18

400-Meter Dash
2. Neil Braddy – 46.47
16. David Wren – 51.51

1,500-Meter
1. Tomas Squella – 3:48.73
2. Andrew Pisechko – 3:49.20
9. Raymond Joseph – 3:58.67

3,000-Meter
11. Arch Robertson – 8:58.30
110-Meter Hurdles
10. Larry Donald – 15.51
12. Lane Austell – 15.92
13. Nathanael Franks – 16.03
15. Anthony Parisi – 16.13
18. Brad Culp – 16.39
19. Dwayne Golbek – 16.51

400-Meter Hurdles
5. Larry Donald – 53.31
10. Anthony Parisi – 57.01

4x100-Meter Relay
3. Brown/Lawson/Braddy/Southard – 39.97

4x400-Meter Relay
9. Franks/Austell/Lazas/Culp – 3:28.99

Long Jump
10. Dwayne Golbek – 20-10.75
12. Nate Gneiting – 20-5.25

High Jump
2. Anthony May – 7-2.5
3. Ken LeGassey – 7-0.5
8. Stephen Payne – 6-6.75

Pole Vault
1. Andrew Irwin – 17-0.75
6. Brad Culp – 15-1
8. Braden Henderson – 14-7.25
8. Lane Austell – 14-7.25

Discus
3. Devin Randal – 170-1
10. Kevin Lazas – 132-3
16. Brad Culp – 104-10
18. Lane Austell – 103.6

Shot Put
9. Devin Randall – 51-9
13. Deatrich Wise – 44-3.5

Javelin
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.
Stanford Invitational

1,500-Meter
Patrick Rono – 3:48.68
Cale Wallace – 3:50.23

5,000-meter
Solomon Haile – 13:49.28
Aiden Swain – 15:23.16

10,000-Meter
Gabe Gonzalez – 29:04.95
Stanley Kebenei – 29:33.58

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