Arkansas Claims 4×800-meter Relay Title at Tex
BY ANDRES FOCIL
AUSTIN, Texas – The Razorbacks started the 76th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on a strong note as they claimed the 4×800-meter relay title for the second year in a row with a Mike A. Myers Stadium record time of 7:25.14. The previous record of 7:25.40 was set by Baylor in 2001.
“They ran well, but the windy conditions were not good for running,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “Said ran great. He was aggressive, moved straight to the front and kept the lead. I was really impressed with him. The other teams kept trying to catch up with us and they just couldn’t. Tactically it was a good race for the team.”
All handoffs went smoothly as sophomore Said Ahmed led the relay to a commanding lead with a split of 1:49.00. Ahmed handed off to junior Robbie Stevens who extended the Hogs’ lead with a time of 1:51.90. Sophomore James Hatch took the third leg as he easily fought off advances from Illinois and Baylor with a time of 1:52.80, while junior Chris Mulvaney anchored the winning relay team with a split of 1:51.50.
Three Razorbacks competed in the prelims of the 400-meter hurdles. Junior transfer Maurice Bridges was the only one to qualify for the finals as he improved his previous regional qualifying time of 52.46 and turned in a career-best time of 52.33.
Senior Josh Landreth came in third in his heat and had a time of 53.60 and freshman Brad Dittoe was fourth in his heat with a season-best 53.24.
Freshman Luis Bordes was Arkansas’ top finisher in the 5,000-meter run. Bordes crossed the line in 10th with a time of 14:52.83. Senior Patrick Thomas was 18th (15:14.55) and sophomore transfer Matt Gunn was 23rd (15:32.35).
In his first decathlon junior Tom Crowder made it through eight events, before he was forced to pull out of competition after he injured his ankle during the pole vault. After the first five events took place on Wednesday, Crowder found himself in 13th place with 3,619 points.
Yesterday he turned in a time of 11.09 in the 100-meter dash, posted a mark of 22-8.00 in the long jump, threw 39-1.75 in the shot put, cleared an even 6-0.00 in the high jump and ran a time of 51.86 in the 400-meter hurdles.
Thursday marked the conclusion of the event as Crowder started the day when he ran a time of 15.74 in the 110-meter hurdles. He then went on to throw a career-best mark of 124-00 in the discus and also cleared a career-best 15-1.00 in the pole vault as he hurt his ankle. At the end of eight events Crowder had accumulated 5,791 points.
Friday’s events will begin early with the 400-meter relay, the 110-meter hurdles and the 100-meter dash all beginning at 9:30 a.m. The distance medley relay will wrap up the day at 10 p.m.
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