Arkansas Set to Start Outdoor Season with SEC
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A week after claiming their 37th NCAA Championship the Arkansas track and field team will kick off the outdoor season with the Southeastern Conference Quad Meet in Starkville, Miss., on March 22.This regional meet is required by the SEC with Alabama, Arkansas, LSU and Mississippi State competing on Saturday. Each school must send a minimum of 14 athletes, but Arkansas is sending 23 Razorback athletes to compete.Sophomore Ahmad Carroll will run in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Senior All-American Richard Smith will join him in the 100 and also compete in the long jump.Junior All-American Michael Thomas will also represent the UA in the 200-meter dash and the 110-meter hurdles. Senior Eddie Jackson will compete for the first time since the SEC Indoor Championships when he takes to the straight-aways for the 110-meter hurdles.In preparation for the decathlon junior Tom Crowder will compete in five different events including the 400-meter dash with sophomore Chason Pompey, the pole vault, shot put, discus and javelin. Joining Crowder in the javelin is freshman Eric Brown, who will compete for the first time as a Razorback.Several other UA athletes will compete in field events. Sophomore Cory Oldham will be Arkansas’ lone high jumper. Senior Josh Roberts, junior P.J. Brown and sophomore Jimmy Duke will all compete in the pole vault. Junior Maurice Robinson will double up in the long and triple jumps. Sophomore Jonathan Reeves will throw in both the shot put and discus. Freshman and two-sport athlete Tony Ugoh will also participate in the discus.Sophomore Phillip Aagaard will run in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter runs, with senior Chad Grundy also running the 1,500 meters. Senior Patrick Thomas and freshman Luis Bordes will test their endurance in the 3,000 meters.Four Razorbacks will run in the 400-meter hurdles. Senior Josh Landreth, junior Maurice Bridges and freshmen Brad Dittoe and David Wittenmyer will all compete in the event.Two relay teams are also set to take to the track. They include a 400-meter and a 1,600-meter relay team.After the Hogs return from Starkville, Miss., they will send a corps of their distance runners to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational on March 29.
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