FAYETTEVILLE – Renewing a Southwest Conference rivalry, No. 5 Arkansas will host the Texas men’s track and field team in a scored indoor dual meet Sat., Jan. 16 at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Field events will begin at 3:30 p.m. and running follows at 4 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. General admission seats are $3 and reserved seats are $5. University of Arkansas students get in free with their student ID.
The meet will be scored and individual and team trophies will be awarded. The Texas Longhorns will host the outdoor portion of this event April 17 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
The Razorbacks are the defending Southeastern Conference Indoor and Outdoor Champions and picked up top-10 finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2009. The Longhorns won the 2009 Big 12 Indoor Champions, finished third at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships and picked up top-20 finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2009.
Key match-ups include Arkansas’ Alain Bailey and Texas’ Marquise Goodwin in the long jump, Arkansas’ Dorian Ulrey and Texas’ Tevas Everett in the 800 meters and the 4×400-meter and distance medley relays. Bailey will be competing in both the high jump and the long jump while Ulrey will double in the 800 meters and the mile. In total, nine student-athletes will be competing in multiple events on Saturday.
Sophomore heptathlete Terry Prentice will compete in the 60-meter hurdles, the long jump and the shot put while sophomore Tarik Batchelor will compete in both the long and triple jumps. Freshman Brede Ellingsen, fresh off an NCAA provisional mark in the high jump last weekend, will compete in the high jump and the triple jump.
Freshmen Cobi Hamilton and Chris Muncie, both members of the Razorback football team, are scheduled to make their Arkansas debuts on the track in the sprints and relays Saturday. January junior-transfer LaShawn Butler will also make his Arkansas debut, competing in the 60 meters and the 200 meters.
The Razorbacks are seated at No. 5 and are the second-highest Southeastern Conference school within the USTFCCCA rankings, including seven SEC teams total. The Florida Gators are ranked No. 2, the LSU Tigers ninth, the South Carolina Gamecocks are 12th, the Auburn Tigers are No. 15, the Kentucky Wildcats are 17th and the Georgia Bulldogs sit at No. 19.
Arkansas student-athletes hold the leading marks in the SEC in the 800 meters (Ulrey), the 3,000 meters (Aaron Hamilton), the 60-meter hurdles (Andrew Pennington), the shot put (Terry Prentice) and the weight throw (Brandon Heeger).
Ellingsen earned a silver finish in the high jump at the Arkansas Invitational last weekend. Making his Razorback debut as a mid-year addition to the roster, he cleared the NCAA provisional-qualifying height of 7-0.25 and is tied for fifth for the NCAA’s best high jump. His mark is the first NCAA qualifier for the Hogs in 2010.
Saturday’s meet will be streamed live on ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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