“We have a young team, but we have some bright stars on it,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “We may not be as high powered as Marcus O’Sullivan’s (Villanova) crew, but we are going to give them a chase anyway. I think that we are going to be pretty strong in the 4xmile, the distant medley and the 4×800. Those will be our three best events. The crowd is fantastic and if you can’t get excited running at the Penn Relays, you can’t get excited.”
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Thanks to a pair of meets in California last weekend Arkansas picked up one automatic and three provisional qualifiers in the 1,500 and the 5,000-meter run. The Razorbacks will now travel to the historic Penn Relays to capture relay titles.
A total of five relay teams will represent Arkansas. Senior Sam Glover, juniors Eddie Jackson and Richard Smith and sophomore Michael Thomas will compete in the 4×100-meter relay. Senior Andrew Beasley, sophomore Robbie Stevens and freshmen James Hatch and Said Ahmed will run on the 4×800-meter relay team.
In the distance medley relay junior Daniel Lincoln, sophomores Alistair Cragg, Chris Mulvaney and Robbie Stevens will compete. Lincoln, Cragg and Mulvaney are also running in the 4xmile relay team with freshman Michael Taylor. At the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19 Cragg broke the UA school record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 13:22.07. Glover, Stevens, Thomas and Ahmed will also represent the Hogs in the sprint medley relay.
Arkansas is also bringing a shuttle-hurdle relay team of Glover, Thomas, Jackson and senior D’Marcus Brown. Brown recently became eligible again and the Penn Relays will be his first competition of the outdoor season.
Three Razorbacks are competing in the field events. Smith is competing in the triple jump. He won the triple jump title at the McDonnell Invitational on April 13. After tying his career-best of 6-8.75 on April 19 at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational freshman Matt Rosebery will again see competition in the high jump. Freshman Jonathan Reeves will represent Arkansas in the shot put and discus throw.
Arkansas’ distance runners will also be competing. Sophomore Westley Alkin and junior Silverus Kimeli will run in the 10,000 meters for the first time this season.
In the 110-meter hurdles Jackson and Thomas will compete. Both have already provisionally qualified, but are looking to better their times to insure a spot at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Glover has also already provisionally qualified in the 400-meter hurdles and will run with sophomore Josh Landreth.
When the Razorbacks return from the Penn Relays they will have a week off before heading to the 2002 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 9-12 in Starkville, Miss.