Arkansas Finishes Seventh; Mulvaney Runner-up
BY ANDRES FOCIL
BATON ROUGE, La. – After four days of competition Arkansas finished seventh with 28 points at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Baton Rouge, La.
“We had a good meet, but not a great one,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “Chris Mulvaney ran a good race, but he had that one mistake in the last 200 meters of the race. Second place is good for a sophomore in a very classy field. Daniel Lincoln’s third race of the weekend was with guys who were all fresh and he did great. Cragg’s fifth place finish was not bad, but he’s disappointed.”
In the finals of the 1,500-meter run SEC champion sophomore Chris Mulvaney finished second with a time of 3:43.03. During the tight race Mulvaney stayed on the shoulder of the leader, Alan Webb from Michigan. In the last 200 meters of the race the rest of the field began to charge and Mulvaney got boxed in. He was able to kick out to lane three and gain on the new leader, Donald Sage of Stanford, to finish second.
His finish gave eight additional points to Arkansas. That put the Hogs in a three-way tie for eighth place with 18 points.
“I was waiting to go and I was getting kicked and pushed around,” Mulvaney said. “I was going to win with my kick and I made one mistake in the end it cost me the race. Second place isn’t bad, but we’re Arkansas. First is what we want. I’ll be back stronger next year.”
Three Razorbacks that included sophomore and UA record holder, Alistair Cragg, junior Silverus Kimeli and Daniel Lincoln competed in the 5,000-meter run. Jorge Torres of Colorado led the majority of the race as Cragg and Lincoln changed positions throughout the run. In the last 200 meters of the race David Kimani of Alabama rallied to the front to take the title, while Lincoln finished third (14:00.01) and Cragg finished fifth (14:01.72). Kimeli was unable to finish the race.
Their finishes gave Arkansas 10 more points for a final total of 28 and a seventh place finish. Louisiana State University claimed the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championship with 64 points, Tennessee followed in second place with 57 and Southern Methodist University finished in third with 42 points.
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