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Arkansas Hosts Packed Field at Tyson Invitational

Arkansas Hosts Packed Field at Tyson Invitational

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. The Razorbacks host the Tyson Invitational, Friday and Saturday, February 15-16, at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Field and running events will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday.

After Friday’s afternoon session, USA Track and Field will invade the Tyson Center for the professional portion of the meet. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the first event set to begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for general seating and $20 for reserved seating. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 1-800-766-4626.

Saturday’s events will start at 10 a.m. A $5 admission charge will be in effect for Friday’s morning and afternoon sessions and all day Saturday. Doors will open one hour prior to the first event.

ESPN2 will be showing the event tape delayed Sunday, February 17, 4-6 p.m. Live results can be found at A complete recap will be available on after each day of competition.

The Razorbacks will host 15 schools ranked in the top 25 at this weekend’s Tyson Invitational. Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Stanford and Texas, among others, will be travelling to Fayetteville.

The current United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) ranking was released Feb. 13, 2008. Taking a dip to No. 11 after a tough weekend in NYC, the Hogs hope to battle back to the top of the charts with some top-notch performances on their home track. Arkansas is one of six SEC teams ranked in the top 25 and one of four ranked in the top 11.

Alex McClary holds the nation’s fifth-best time in the 800 meters with his provisional clocking of 1:49.28. Samuels improved his provisional-qualifying time to 6.69, ranking tied for 14th on the national list.

Alain Bailey’s high jump of 7-0.25 sits at No. 15 on the national list and his long jump of 25-7.25 ranks No. 8. Nkosinza Balumbu’s triple jump of 52-1 is No. 8 on the national list. Daniel Quinn and Mychael Stewart rank 17th in the long jump (25-0). Spencer McCorkel ranks No. 12 in the pole vault (17-2.75).

UA’s distance medley relay (LaCava, Bilbrew, Al. McClary, An. McClary) sits at No. 2 in the nation with a time of 9:38.37.

Four Razorbacks and the UA distance medley relay hold the top marks in the SEC. Alex McClary in the 800 meters, Alain Bailey in the long jump, Nkosinza Balumbu in the TJ, Spencer McCorkel in the pole vault and the DMR (LaCava, Chris Bilbrew, Al. McClary and Andy McClary) lead their event lists.

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Arkansas’ Schedule:


9 a.m. Chad Burnett PV College

10 a.m. Balumbu, Roslov LJ College

12:40 p.m. Kent Austell 400M Prelims

2 p.m. Bailey, Quinn, Stewart LJ Champ.

2:40 p.m. Parker, Smith, Stewart, 60M Prelims


4:10 p.m. Chinchar, LaCava, Mile Oly. Dev.


4:20 p.m. Rio Reina 5,000M Champ.

4:50 p.m. TBA 60M Finals

8:00 p.m. Forrest, Hill, Strang, 5,000M Invite


8:55 p.m. Alex McClary 800M Invite

9:15 p.m. J-Mee Samuels 60M Invite

9:50 p.m. Andy McClary Mile Invite


11:45 a.m. Parker, Samuels, Zellner 200M Prelims

12:55 p.m. Kent Austell 800M College

2:20 p.m. Barnicle, Reina 3,000M Champ.

2:45 p.m. Bailey, Rosson HJ Champ.

2:45 p.m. Spencer McCorkel PV Champ.

2:45 p.m. Balumbu, Quinn TJ Champ.

4:15 p.m. TBA 200M Finals

4:45 p.m. Arkansas DMR

Download: 2.15-16.08 Tyson Invite.pdf

Sports Category : Track & Field (M)