Cragg Breaks UA School Record in 5,000 Meters
BY ANDRES FOCIL
Walnut, Calif. – Late Friday night at the Mt. SAC Relays sophomore Alistair Cragg set a new UA school record in the 5,000-meter run and in the process earned a NCAA automatic qualifying time. He finished fourth with a time of 13:22.07 against tough professional and collegiate competition. The previous record of 13:22.08 was held by Jason Bunston in 1997.
“I felt relaxed while I was out there,” Alistair Cragg said. “I never thought I would run it in 13:22; 13:30 was what I expected. I tried to keep up with the front of the pack and it paid off. It’s exciting to have four (Arkansas) guys automatically and provisionally qualified in the event.”
Three other Razorbacks competed in the 5,000 meters. Junior Silverus Kimeli finished 21st with a provisional qualifying time of 13:53.61 in the invitational race. He improved on his previous provisional qualifying time of 14:06.09 from the Stanford Invitational on March 29. Sophomore Westley Alkin also finished with a provisional qualifying and season-best time of 14:06.93 in sixth place in the university/open race with freshman Luis Bordes. Bordes ran unattached with a time of 14:42.95 as he finished 30th and junior Patrick Thomas ran in a time of 14:43.33.
Several events also occurred late evening at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational. Freshman Jonathan Reeves finished third in the shot put with a throw of 56-3.00. Two Razorbacks placed in the pole vault competition. Sophomore P.J. Brown tied for fourth with a clearance of 15-9.00 and junior Tom Crowder finished 24th with a clearance of 10-10.00. Crowder also competed in the javelin and finished 19th with a throw of 145-8.00. Sophomore Josh Landreth finished eighth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.10.
Today Reeves placed 19th in the discus with a throw of 158-10.00. Sophomore P.J. Brown and junior Josh Roberts were unable to register a height in the pole vault.
Arkansas will have many runners compete late tonight at the Mt. SAC Relays. Senior Andrew Beasley and junior Chad Grundy will run in the 800 meters. Sophomores Chris Mulvaney, Kyle Cleveland and freshmen Said Ahmed, James Hatch and Michael Taylor will run in the 1,500 meters.
The final day of competition at the Mt. SAC Relays will begin on Sunday with Reeves in the shot put at 11:30 a.m. and will end with junior Eddie Jackson and sophomore Michael Thomas competing in the 110-meter hurdles at 5:05 p.m.
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