Carroll Breaks UA School Record in the 60-Mete
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Freshman Ahmad Carroll spent Saturday afternoon rewriting the University of Arkansas track and field record book as the Atlanta, Ga., product broke the school record in the 60-meter dash twice at the Oklahoma Sooner Indoor Invitational in Norman, Okla.
Carroll shattered the school record in the event by posting a time of 6.70 in the preliminary round easily besting the previous record time of 6.74 set by Kevin Baker at the 2001 Tyson Invitational. The football cornerback didn’t waste any time in establishing even a faster time as he topped the field with a split of 6.69 in the final. In the process, Carroll earned a provisional qualification for the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships set for March 8-9 at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
“That is what we needed to have in the sprints,” McDonnell said. “Between Ahmad in the sprints and the hurdlers that is the power we need. He is just going to get better and better every race. He has the potential to be a world-class sprinter. He is already taken a step in that direction.”
Records are nothing new to the true freshman, as Carroll owns several prep track records in his home state. Carroll owns the Georgia state record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.41. He also posted a time of 10.38 in the same event to earn AAU national championship accolades.
Carroll’s record-breaking performance marks the third time in the last three meets that a UA record has fallen. Junior Eddie Jackson broke the school record in the 60-meter hurdles at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 7.82 before teammate Michael Thomas topped Jackson’s performance the following weekend with a split of 7.81 at the Iowa State Classic.
The Razorbacks now boast four automatic and 13 provisional qualifiers for the NCAA Championships.
In other action Saturday, Arkansas tallied another provisional qualifying time in the distance medley relay but failed to better its position. Sophomore Chris Mulvaney, freshman Michael Taylor, senior Sam Glover and sophomore Alistair Cragg combined to post a time of 9:45.20 on the flat track. With the proper conversion, the tandem’s time of 9:39.45 fell short of the 9:38.21 clip turned in earlier this season at the Boston Indoor Classic.
Sophomores Fred Talley and Lawrence Richardson competed in the 60-meter dash, but didn’t advance to the final. Freshman high jumper Matt Rosebery matched his season-best with a jump of 6-8.75.
Sophomore P.J. Brown and junior Josh Roberts improved their top heights in the pole vault competition. Both Razorback competitors cleared 15-7.
Arkansas will be seeking its 10th league title in 11 tries when it hosts the rest of the conference for the 2002 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 22-24 at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Tickets for the league meet are available by calling the UA Ticket Office at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647).
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