Arkansas Ready for Texas Relays
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks will field a full squad for the first time since the outdoor season started as they travel to Austin, Texas for the 76th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
“This is basically our first real outdoor meet and the Texas Relays provides great recruiting grounds for us,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “We’ve got to go down there and win. We can’t take it lightly. We recruit a lot out of Texas and the neighboring states, so we need to look good down there.”
Thirty Arkansas athletes will compete in 13 different events and five relays at the Texas Relays. Junior Tom Crowder will start off on Wednesday, April 2 in the decathlon and continue the event on Thursday April 3. This will mark the first time Crowder has competed in the decathlon.
Juniors Chris Mulvaney and Robbie Stevens and sophomores Said Ahmed and James Hatch will take to the track for the first relay event on the weekend for the UA. The four will run in the 4×800-meter relay on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Three Hogs including senior Josh Landreth, junior transfer Maurice Bridges and freshman Brad Dittoe are slated to compete in the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday at 5 p.m. The 5,000-meter run will cap off the day at 6:10 p.m., with senior Patrick Thomas, sophomore transfer Matt Gunn and freshman Luis Bordes running for the UA.
The 400-meter relay will start the day on Friday at 9:30 a.m. Seniors Eddie Jackson and Richard Smith, junior Michael Thomas and sophomore Ahmad Carroll will run in the event. Jackson and Thomas are also running in the 110-meter hurdles, while Carroll will take to the straight-aways in the 100-meter dash.
Several field events will also take place that day. Senior Ramon Washington will see competition in the long jump. Three young Razorbacks are powered up to earn victories in the throwing events. Sophomore Jonathan Reeves will throw the shot put, freshman Tony Ugoh is competing in the discus and freshman Eric Brown will throw the javelin.
The 1,500-meter run at 8 p.m., will feature four UA athletes, including sophomores Phillip Aagaard, Said Ahmed, junior Westley Alkin and senior Chad Grundy. The sprint medley relay will also take place that evening at 8:05 p.m. Carroll and Thomas will handle the 200-meter legs, with Stevens running the 400-meter portion and Hatch anchoring the 800 meters.
The distance medley relay ends the day at 10 p.m., with senior Daniel Lincoln, sophomore Michael Taylor, Bridges and junior Alistair Cragg hoping to bring home a title. Lincoln, Cragg Mulvaney and Taylor will also run in the 4×1,500-meter relay on Saturday April 5 at 1:15 p.m.
Smith, junior Maurice Robinson and sophomore Jaanus Uudmae are competing in the triple jump, while junior P.J. Brown is UA’s lone representative in the pole vault.
The mile run will conclude the Texas Relays for Arkansas on Saturday at 4 p.m., when junior Silverus Kimeli and sophomore Jason Sandfort run in the popular race.
After the Hogs return from Austin, Texas they will prepare to host the McDonnell Invitational on April 12, before traveling to Walnut, Calif., on April 17-19 for the Mt. SAC Relays.
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