Arkansas Racks Up 5K Qualifiers at Mt. SAC Rel
BY ANDRES FOCIL
WALNUT, Calif. – The 5,000 meters was the highlight of the evening at the 47th annual Mt. SAC Relays as four Razorbacks lined up in the invitational section of the event and came away with new NCAA regional qualifying times.
The Hogs had an excellent pace to keep up with as one of the world’s greatest distance runners, Olympic silver medalist Bernard Lagat, was entered in the race. It was Lagat who ended up winning with a world-leading time of 13:14.71. Sophomore Peter Kosgei and junior Josphat Boit stayed near Lagat and the three other front runners through the first 3,000 meters, before they began to slightly trail off. Kosgei finished ninth with a time of 13:38.65 and Boit was next in 11th with 13:43.12.
Senior Jason Sandfort turned in a clocking of 14:04.90 and freshman Shawn Forrest ran a time of 14:13.73. Kosgei, Boit and Sandfort have each already automatically qualified in the 10,000 meters, while Forrest has a provisional standard.
In the university/open division of the 5,000 meters juniors Marc Rodrigues and Jose Campos were both running in their first outdoor 5K as Razorbacks. Rodrigues crossed the line with a personal-best time of 14:15.85, just missing the NCAA regional qualifying standard (14:15.75). Campos posted a time of 14:49.92.
Two Hogs turned in career-best times in the 1,500 meters. Sophomore Adam Perkins ran in the Olympic Development section and recorded a regional qualifying time of 3:45.50 for 10th place overall, while junior Seth Summerside recorded a time of 3:49.72 for seventh place overall in the university/open division.
Junior David Wittenmyer also ran a career-best 800-meter time when he registered 1:51.63 for eighth place overall, while sophomore Brian Roe turned in a time of 1:51.20, at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in Claremont, Calif.
On Saturday only three field athletes will compete for UA at the Mt. SAC Relays, including senior P.J. Brown in the pole vault, junior Tony Ugoh in the discus and sophomore Greg Martin in the long jump.
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