COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Arkansas Razorback men’s track and field finished eighth with 24 points at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. The Razorback will bring eight All-America honors back to Fayetteville.
"We had some goings happen and some not so good things," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "We needed everyone to do their job this weekend and that didn’t happen for us. We need to be qualifying for finals to score points. Dorian (Ulrey) ran his heart out. He did everything we asked of him and he carried this team on his shoulders. I know he wanted race wins and he’s disappointed he didn’t get them. We aren’t done yet. I don’t ever count this team out. Now we are going to focus on outdoor."
Junior Dorian Ulrey took the weight of the Razorback team on his shoulders this weekend, competing in four races, including three separate miles, in two days. He ended his first NCAA Championship as a Razorback with a third-place finish in the mile (4:02.19) and a ninth-place finish in the 3,000 meters (8:03.26).
Ulrey picked up All-America honors in both the mile and the 3K. Ulrey ends the weekend withthree All-America honors after anchoring the distance medley relay to a runner-up finish Friday night.
Sophomore Duncan Phillips also competed in the finals of the mile. He finished 11th with a time of 4:08.73 but was among the top eight Americans and earned his second All-America honor of the weekend. He ran the lead leg of Friday night’s DMR.
Senior Nkosinza Balumbu, at his final NCAA Indoor Championships, finished fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 53-0.25. He earned the sxith All-America honor of his career and has never finished outside the top eight at an NCAA Indoor Championship. Freshman Tarik Batchelor finished 14th in the event with a jump of 49-2.25.
Shawn Forrest opted not to compete in the 3,000 meters because of injury.
For complete results of the NCAA Indoor Championships, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com or AggieAthletics.com.
2009 NCAA Indoor All-Americans
Nkosinza Balumbu, Triple Jump
Shawn Forrest, 5,000 meters
Alex McClary, Distance Medley Relay
Duncan Phillips, Mile, Distance Medley Relay
Ben Skidmore, Distance Medley Relay
Dorian Ulrey, Mile, Distance Medley Relay