Arkansas Picks up Two New Provisional Qualifie
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas had high expectations of gaining more NCAA qualifiers during the second day of competition at the Razorback Invitational, but it was only able to tally two additional provisional qualifiers. Seniors James Hatch and Omar Brown earned the standard in the mile and 400 meters, respectively.
“All in all I would call it a fair day; I’m disappointed,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “I thought yesterday was much better. Today we had some guys that didn’t step up. We’re at home and they’re in shape, but they just didn’t get the job done. It’s two weeks until our next meet so we’ll have them ready by then.”
The mile was loaded with six UA athletes, but Hatch was the one who took the tape with a personal-best and provisional time of 4:01.76. The second-place competitor, junior Marc Rodrigues, clocked a 4:08.70. Sophomore Peter Kosgei claimed fourth (4:09.86), while senior Jason Sandfort was fifth (4:10.33). Freshman Shawn Forrest posted a time of 4:12.44 for ninth place and junior Matt Gunn was next in 10th (4:12.63).
Two Hogs lined up in the 400-meter dash and senior Omar Brown gained the provisional qualification with a time of 47.21 for second place. He joins sophomore Wallace Spearmon Jr. as the other UA athlete to provisionally qualify in the event. Junior David Wittenmyer was also in the event and he clocked 49.64.
In the finals of the 60-meter dash freshman Michael Grant recorded a 6.85 to come in fourth place. Sophomore Creighton Kiper was unable to advance after he turned in a time of 7.07 in the prelims.
Five Razorbacks ran in the 800 meters and junior Harun Iman was the top finisher as he came away with a personal-best time (1:51.65) for fifth place overall. Junior Said Ahmed was next in seventh (1:51.88) and senior Terry Gatson (1:52.80) and sophomore Brian Roe (1:53.11) were ninth and 10th, respectively. Sophomore Adam Perkins posted a time of 1:54.31 for 16th.
The 3,000 meters also fielded several Arkansas runners and junior Seth Summerside claimed top honors with a time of 8:22.79. Junior Jose Campos was third (8:29.17), while junior Abdi Dubed was close behind in fourth (8:29.37). Rounding out the Hogs was junior Josh Robles in sixth (8:31.19).
With a provisional qualifying mark of 52-7.50 already under his belt senior Jaanus Uudmae was ready to improve his standard in the triple jump. The Tallinn, Estonia native captured first place, but registered a leap of 52-2.50.
Junior Jimmy Duke completed the heptathlon and came in third place with 5,029 points, but he was only four points away from earning runner up honors. He opened the day with the 60-meter hurdles and recorded a time of 9.12 for 720 points. He then cleared a season-best 15-11.00 in the pole vault for 865 and ran 2:51.98 in the 1,000 meters to tack on 745 points.
Arkansas will take next weekend to rest before they travel to New York, N.Y., for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 4-5. It will be the first time for the Razorbacks to compete at the Armory.
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