FAYETTEVILLE – Key personal bests and encouraging event wins came for No. 16 Arkansas Razorback men’s track and field on Friday at the Arkansas Twilight.
"I think this meet is what we needed heading into SECs," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "We had some big PRs from Caleb Cross in the 110-meter hurdles, Michael Chinchar and Patrick Russell in the 1,500 meters and both of our 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays had season bests. We also had some guys get wins today and we’ve been talking a lot about coming out here and competing well and that’s what they did."
Senior Alain Bailey won the long jump with a leap of 25-9.25. Junior Luke Laird won the javelin with a toss of 208-1. Arkansas’ "A" 4×400-meter relay picked up a race win to end the meet. The quartet of freshman Caleb Cross (47.22), junior LaShawn Butler (46.82), junior Chris Bilbrew (47.24) and sophomore Ben Skidmore (46.81) combined for a season-best time of 3:08.46. They currently rank No. 7 in the SEC and No. 42 in the NCAA.
Cross finished second in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.90. His time ranks No. 26 in the NCAA (No. 3 among freshman) and No. 4 in the SEC (No. 1 among freshman). Sophomore Andrew Pennington was sixth in 14.69.
The Razorbacks clocked big personal bests in the 1,500 meters. Junior Michael Chinchar finished fourth with a time of 3:44.91 and junior Patrick Russell was eighth with a clocking of 3:46.59. Chinchar’s time is No. 5 in the SEC and Russell’s is No. 8.
Butler clocked a time of 10.48 (1.8w) to finish second in the 100 meters. Freshman David Gordon was 18th with a clocking of 11.14. Cross, Bailey, Butler and Gordon combined for a season-best time of 40.84 to finish second in the 4×100-meter relay.
Skidmore finished third in the 400 meters with a personal-best time of 47.25. Freshman Chris Muncie was 11th with a time of 48.81. Freshman Cory Kocurek was 21st in 50.23. In the 400-meter hurdles, freshman Hunter Bourke was sixth with a personal-best time of 53.25, Pennington was seventh with a time of 53.57 and freshman Travis Southard was eighth with a personal-best time of 53.75.
Bilbrew led the Razorbacks in the 800 meters. He finished fifth with a season-best time of 1:50.40. Freshman Drew Butler was sixth with a personal-best clocking of 1:50.92 and freshman Leoman Momoh was seventh with a personal-best time of 1:51.71.
The Razorbacks will compete next at the SEC Championships, May 13-16, in Knoxville, Tenn.