WALNUT, Calif. – Arkansas track and field picked up six NCAA regional-qualifying marks, including its first in a running event, on day one of Mt. SAC Relays, in Walnut, Calif.
Rio Reina got the day started with the 1,500 meters. He finished 11th in the field of 24 with a personal-best time of 3:56.17.
The Hogs had four runners in the 5,000 meters with Chris Barnicle, Tyler Hill, Matt Munoz and James Strang. All four earned regional-qualifying marks.
Munoz finished fourth in the 35-man field with his time of 14:06.41. Strang was fifth with a 14:06.97. Barnicle was sixth, clocking a 14:07.57. Hill was the final Razorback runner with a time of 14:09.15. Barnicle and Hill also clocked personal bests.
In the 1,500 meters, Micky Cobrin was the top Hog finisher with his time of 3:45.48, also a personal best, and an eighth-place finish. Five-time All-American Adam Perkins was 12th with his time of 3:46.02. Peter Kosgei, using the race as training for the longer distances, clocked a time of 3:49.76. Both Cobrin and Perkins recorded NCAA regional-qualifying times.
Kyle Komarek was the last of the Razorbacks to compete on Friday. In the javelin, Komarek marked a toss of 193-1, good for a fourth-place finish. It is also a personal-best throw.
Former Arkansas All-American Seth Summerside, in the invitational 5,000 meters, was the first of many former Hogs set to compete this weekend. Summerside finished 10th with a personal-best 13:30.07.
Eric Brown, Tyson Gay and Wallace Spearmon are also set to compete this weekend.
Arkansas will resume competition at 2 p.m. CST on Saturday with the high jump. For complete details and results of Mt. SAC Relays, visit relays.mtsac.edu.