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Arkansas Finishes Second at NCAA Outdoor Champ

Arkansas Finishes Second at NCAA Outdoor Champ
DURHAM, N.C. – Arkansas could not overcome the 13-point deficit it faced going into the final day of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday.

Stanford had a commanding 36 points when the day started as the Razorbacks would look to rally with 23 points from the three days prior. The Hogs were in fifth place as the day started.

D’Marcus Brown was the first Razorback to score on the afternoon in the 110-meter hurdles. Brown went into the event as the eighth seeded runner in the event.

With a slow start, Brown rallied in the last four hurdles to place fifth and claimed four points for the Hogs shrinking the Cardinal lead to nine points.

“D’Marcus did an excellent job in the 110-meter high hurdles,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said.

Arkansas’ hopes of the comeback slipped in the 1,500-meter relay. Stanford placed first and second which scored 18 points and began to build a crutial cushion. The Arkansas trio of Sharif Karie, James Karanu and Ryan Travis scored seven points finishing fifth, seventh and eighth respectively.

“The 1,500-meters put it away for them,” McDonnell said. “We didn’t have enough people to counter what they did in the 1500. They went one, two and our guys didn’t have a great day. Maybe our guys need to move to different events and I think that is what we are going to do next year. We will probably put (Ryan) Travis in the steeplechase and (Sharif) Karie in the 5000. They are good runners by they don’t have the speed to run with those Stanford runners.”

After the 1,500-meters, Arkansas had three events to try to overtake Stanford’s lead.

The 5,000-meter run was the last event of the 2000 championships for Stanford and their last scoring opportunity. Karie had to recover after his 1,500-meter run two hours earlier and Murray Link was a key runner for the Hogs.

Stanford placed first, fourth and sixth scoring 18 points in the race to put the 2000 outdoor title out of reach for the Hogs. Link performed admirably placing third with a personal best 13:50.89, scoring six points in the race. Karie drained from his earlier race did not finish.

The 4×400-meter relay ran by Melvin Lister, Ryan Stanley, Samuel Glover and Kevin Baker ran their second fastest time of the year in a close runner up finish to Baylor. The Hogs gained eight points in the finish.

The high jump lasted late into the night and was the last event of the championships. Kenny Evans place third and Lavar Miller placed fourth for 11 points which was enough to place second with 51 points.

“Kenny and Lavar, you couldn’t have asked for anything better for them,” McDonnell said.

Arkansas had 13 All-Americans in the four-day event, and Arkansas will begin to look forward the United States National Qualifying meet in Sacramento, Calif.

“Well, we lose Adam Dailey, Melvin Lister, James Karanu and Ryan Stanley,” McDonnell said. “Melvin and those guys’ points will be hard to replace. Hopefully, Jason Ward can help in the triple jump and we have signed a good triple jump.

“We have a lot of guys returning,” McDonnell said. “All of our hurdlers are also back. We have a lot of good guys coming back. I really like the team that we have returning.”

Team Standings_1, Stanford 72. 2, ARKANSAS 59. 3, Auburn 51. 4, Florida 50. 5, Louisiana State 36. 6, Arizona 26. T-7, Alabama, Southern California 25. 9, Baylor 24. 10, Clemson 21. T-11, Texas Christian, South Carolina 20. 13, Southern Methodist 19. 14, Texas, 18. 15, Tennessee 17. 16, Texas A&M 15. T-17, Arizona State, Georgia 13. T-19, Ohio State, Texas-El Paso 11. T-21, California, Colorado State 10, Idado, 10, Mississippi 10, Wyoming 10. 26, Purdue 9.5. 27, Brigham Young 9. T-28, Washington, Oklahoma 8.5. T-30, Boise State, Indiana State, Missouri, Virginia, William & Mary, Wisconsin 8. T-36, Brown, Cal Poly, Drake, Georgia Tech, Illinois, North Carolina, Norfolk State, Tulane 6. T-44 Oregon, South Alabama, Utah State 5. T-47, Notre Dame, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern State, UCLA 4. 52, Ball State 3.5. T-53, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Iowa State, Prairie View A&M, Southwest Missouri State, Syracuse, Northern Arizona, Michigan State 3. T-62, Northern Iowa, Fresno State 2.5. T-64, Seton Hall, Butler, East Carolina, North Carolina-Charlotte, Florida International, Texas-Arlington, Illinois State, Akron 2. T-72, Kentucky, Harvard, North Carolina State, Southern Mississippi.

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