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Balumbu Punches Ticket to NCAA Regionals on Final Day of Mt. SAC Relays

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Balumbu Punches Ticket to NCAA Regionals on Final Day of Mt. SAC Relays

WALNUT, Calif. – The Razorbacks ended competition at Mt. SAC Relays adding one more NCAA regional-qualifying mark to their list. Arkansas recorded nine NCAA regional-qualifying marks during the three-day event.

Nkosinza Balumbu finished sixth in the 11-man field in the invitational triple jump with a leap of 51-5. The mark also qualifies him for the NCAA Mideast Championships.

In a packed field of professionals, Alain Bailey finished eighth in the invitational long jump with his leap of 24-4.5, his second regional mark of the season. Mychael Stewart made his outdoor debut in the long jump and finished 11th with a 23-3.25.

A star-studded field in the invitational 4×100-meter relay, former Hogs Wallace Spearmon (second leg) and Tyson Gay (third leg), joined by Trell Kimmons (first leg) and Aaron Armstrong (anchor leg), won the event with a world-leading time of 38.30.

The only collegiate team competing among the professionals in the invitational 4×100-meter relay, Cedric Zellner, Clemore Henry, Stewart and J-Mee Samuels combined for a time of 41.01 and finished eighth. The time, just off the NCAA regional-qualifying standard, matches their season-best run last weekend at Texas Relays.

Later in the day, Spearmon finished second in the invitational 100 meters with a time of 10.14, the sixth-fastest time run in the world this year.

In the 100 meters, Samuels finished second in his heat and eighth overall with a time of 10.53, just .03 seconds off the NCAA regional-qualifying time. Stewart was 21st overall, clocking a time of 10.68. Zellner’s time of 10.94 finished him 31st.

Former Hog and 2006 NCAA runner-up Eric Brown competed in the invitational javelin throw. He finished third with a mark of 234-1.

Next up, Arkansas will return to Fayetteville to host the John McDonnell Invitational, Sat., April 21 at John McDonnell Field. For complete details and a schedule for the John McDonnell Invitational, visit www.hogwired.com.



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