Arkansas Adds Sprinter to Roster; Future Razor
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas track program continued to build onto its outstanding recruiting class when the Razorbacks signed standout prep sprinter Jeremy Dodson. The 6-0, 150-pound product of George Washington High School in Denver, Colo., had nothing less than a phenomenal senior campaign and will look to contribute immediately when he arrives in Fayetteville this fall.
“We got him a little late, but he’s been running great this year,” Arkansas sprints coach Lance Brauman said. “Any time you can get a first-team All-American it’s a good thing. Jeremy gives us a lot of options in the open events and the relays, because he runs the 100, 200 and 400 meters. He’s a talented young man and we’re excited to have him on the team.”
At the Colorado State Meet he posted a fantastic triple by winning the 100 (10.43) and 200 (20.70) and the 400-meter dashes (47.44). His 200-meter performance placed him at second on this year’s national high school descending order list and trials only fellow signee J-Mee Samuels of Mt. Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. (20.32). Dodson’s top 100-meter time is a 10.41 that he recorded at the regional meet and it is currently fourth in the nation, while his best 400-meter clocking of 46.91 is ninth in the country.
In addition to being an exception athlete, Dodson boasts a 4.5 grade point average on a 5.2 scale in advanced placement classes. He was also named the 2005 Runner of the Year by the Rocky Mountain News. More accolades were given to Dodson when he was named to the USA Today All-USA high school track and field team.
Dodson wasn’t the only future Razorback to be given the national honor. Samuels joined him in the sprints category with 100 and 200-meter times of 10.08 and 20.32, respectively. Chris Barnicle of Boston’s Newton North was listed in the distance events with performances of 3:50.08 in the 1,500, 4:11.10 in the mile and 8:52.19 in the two-mile. Triple jumper Nkosinza Balumbu of California’s Logan High School was recognized in the jumps division with a nation-leading mark of 51-5.75.
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