PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior Alain Bailey picked up a runner-up finish in the championship long jump for No. 17 Arkansas Razorback men’s track and field on Friday at Penn Relays, in Philadelphia, Pa.
"We obviously didn’t have a good day today," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "You have to be on top of your game at this meet and we didn’t have our kids prepared to compete. We have to regroup and get that fight back we developed during the indoor season."
Bailey finished second overall and first among SEC competitors in the championship long jump. He marked a leap of 25-9.5 Sophomore Justin Holmes was seventh overall and first among SEC competitors in the college discus throw. His best throw of the day measured 166-0.
Sophomore Andrew Pennington finished 30th in the heats of the 400-meter hurdles. He clocked a time of 54.94. Freshman Travis Southard was 32nd in 55.35. Pennington also finished 20th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.92. Freshman Caleb Cross was 17th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.49.
In the championship distance medley relay, freshman Drew Butler, sophomore Ben Skidmore, freshman Omar Abdi and junior Michael Chinchar combined for a time of 9:56.74 and a 14th-place finish. In the championship sprint medley relay, Cross, junior LaShawn Butler, Skidmore and junior Chris Bilbrew combined for a time of 3:22.32 and a seventh-place finish.
Arkansas competed in the heats of the 4×100-meter relay. The quartet of Cross, Bailey, Butler and freshman Hunter Bourke finished 27th with a time of 41.69.
Events will continue Saturday with freshman Brede Raa Ellingsen in the high jump at 12:30 p.m.