– The No. 4 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team collected six national qualifiers on day one of the 2013 NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas. The Razorbacks will be represented in Eugene by Solomon Haile
at 10,000 meters, Anthony May II
and Dwayne Golbek
in the high jump and Jarrion Lawson
, Tarik Batchelor
and Raymond Higgs
in the long jump. The team also advanced eight runners into the quarterfinal round of the preliminary competition.
The Razorbacks opened their week in Austin with three national qualifying performances in the long jump from Lawson, Batchelor and Higgs. Lawson was the top overall qualifier with a personal-best jump of 7.93m/26-0.25 on his third attempt of the day. Batchelor and Higgs finished the competition with bests of 7.82m/25-8 and 7.78m/25-6.25, respectively.
Lawson and Higgs posted their best jumps of the day in round three, while Batchelor’s mark came on his second pass down the runway. All three Razorbacks were able to pass on their final three rounds of jumps. Batchelor is also scheduled to compete Saturday in the triple jump.
“I just wanted to get that qualifying mark in as few jumps as possible and keep my knee healthy for the sprint relay,” Lawson said. “It felt great to get that 26-foot jump on my third jump. I didn’t even know what place I was in going into the third jump. I just put it out there and it felt great to top my PR.”
Arkansas’ next collection of NCAA qualifiers came in the high jump where May tied for the overall lead during the prelim and Golbek had to participate in a jump off to claim his spot. May finished the day with a best clearance of 2.16m/7-1. Golbek was part of a three-man jump off for the final two spots and claimed his spot with a final clearance of 2.12m/6-11.5. This will mark Golbek’s first appearance at the national meet.
In the final event of the day, Haile ran to a runner-up finish at 10,000 meters with a time of 29:55.59. Running toward the back of the pack during the early stages of the race, the Razorback junior made up ground and put on a final kick that put him in position to advance to the NCAA Championships. With Thursday’s performance, Haile secured his first career appearance at the outdoor national meet.Caleb Cross
earned a spot in the quarterfinal round of the 400-meter hurdles with his showing Friday. The Razorback senior finished second in heat five and was 10th overall with his time of 51.33, good for an automatic berth into the next round. The quarterfinal heats of the hurdle event will be contested Friday at 7:45 p.m. Cross won his second SEC title in the event two weeks ago in Columbia, Mo.
Arkansas added another two more quarterfinalists behind the efforts of Akheem Gauntlett
and Anton Kokorin
in the first round of the 400 meters. Gaunlett was the top overall performer with his time of 46.14 to win heat five. Running in the same heat, Kokorin finished fifth with an at-large time of 47.03 that ended up being the final bubble mark to advance. Friday’s quarterfinal will be run at 6:15 p.m.
The Razorback men were 5-for-5 in the first round of the 800 meters with all five entries—Leoman Momoh
, Patrick Rono
, Anthony Lieghio
, Tomas Squella
and Ryan Thomas
—advancing to Friday’s quarterfinal heats. Momoh won his heat with a time of 1:49.94 which made him the fifth overall qualifier. Rono and Lieghio turned in top-10 marks at 1:48.36 and 1:49.38, respectively. Rono’s time was a personal best and a season best by more than a second. Friday’s quarterfinal will be run at 7:15 p.m.
In addition to quarterfinal heats Friday, the second day of competition at the NCAA West Preliminary will feature qualifying action in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for Stanley Kebenei
and David Flynn
. The 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Meet coverage will include live video via CBSSports.com, live results and an interactive blog beginning with running events each day. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.Thursday Results
400 Meters (first round)
1. Akheem Gauntlett
24. Anton Kokorin
33. Neil Braddy
800 Meters (first round)
5. Leoman Momoh
7. Patrick Rono
8. Anthony Lieghio
12. Tomas Squella
16. Ryan Thomas
10,000 Meters (semifinal)
2. Solomon Haile
400m Hurdles (first round)
10. Caleb Cross
High Jump (first round)
1. Anthony May II
11. Dwayne Golbek
– 2.12m/6-11.5Q (advanced on jump off)
16. Brede Ellingsen
21. Noah Kittelson
Long Jump (first round)
1. Jarrion Lawson
– 7.93m/26-0.25Q (PR – prev: 24-9.75)
3. Tarik Batchelor
6. Raymond Higgs
Q – qualified for NCAA Championships; q – qualified for quarterfinal round; PR – personal best