Ahmed Captures 1,500-meter Title at Texas Rela
BY ANDRES FOCIL
AUSTIN, Texas. – The Razorbacks captured their second title for the weekend at the 76th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays as four Razorbacks competed in the 1,500-meter run with sophomore Said Ahmed taking the title with a regional qualifying time of 3:46.00.
“Everything has gone good so far and Said has had a great weekend,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “Even though the sprint medley relay team didn’t win they ran well for their first outdoor meet. Ahmad Carroll had a great leg, in fact they all did.”
Junior Westley Alkin paced the pack for 800 meters then dropped out as Ahmed took over and led the rest of the race. Ahmed became the fourth Razorback to win the event at the relays in seven years and the first since 1999 when Ryan Travis won with 3:48.71.
Senior Chad Grundy crossed the line in fourth with a personal-best time of 3:51.13 and sophomore Phillip Aagaard was unable to finish the race.
The sprint medley relay team finished in fourth with a time of 3:17.72. Sophomore Ahmad Carroll ran the first leg of the relay and handed off to junior Michael Thomas who took over the second 200-meter leg. Junior Robbie Stevens was next with the 400-meter leg and sophomore James Hatch anchored the 800-meter portion to bring the team to a fourth place finish. Their time put them at fifth on UA’s all-time top 10 outdoor list.
The 400-meter relay began early in the day as seniors Eddie Jackson and Richard Smith, Thomas and Carroll took to the track. The team finished with a time of 40.79 as they came in seventh in their heat and failed to qualify for the finals.
Jackson and Thomas also competed in the prelims of the 110-meter hurdles. Both qualified for regionals and finished first in their respective heats, but Thomas was the only one to qualify for the finals when he ran a time of 13.83. Jackson turned in a time of 14.28.
Carroll also doubled in events for the Hogs as he ran in the 100-meter dash. He finished first in his heat as he posted a 10.41 to qualify for the finals. Unfortunately, even though Carroll’s time was good enough to qualify for regionals, the wind reading of 2.4 was too high to officially count.
Senior Ramon Washington was Arkansas’ lone representative in the long jump. Washington fouled on his first attempt and after that was only able to put up a mark of 23-0.75 for a 13th place showing.
The distance medley relay will take place later tonight at 10 p.m., with senior Daniel Lincoln, juniors Maurice Bridges and Alistair Cragg and sophomore Michael Taylor running for the Razorbacks.
Saturday’s events will start at 1:15 p.m., with Cragg, Lincoln, Taylor and junior Chris Mulvaney in the 4×1,500-meter relay and will conclude at 4 p.m., with the junior Silverus Kimeli and sophomore Jason Sandfort in the mile run.
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