Crowder Scores First Points for Arkansas in Pe
BY ANDRES FOCIL
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Junior Tom Crowder put the No. 1 ranked Arkansas track team on the board with four points at the 2003 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships when he finished fifth in the pentathlon.
After the first day of competition the Razorbacks found themselves in fourth place behind Tennessee. The Vols took the top spot with 18 points when they had four athletes place in the top eight in the event. Auburn finished the day in second with 11 points and South Carolina is in third with six.
Crowder had a good showing in his first conference championship and scored a total of 3,753 points in the pentathlon against 16 other competitors. He ran a career-best time of 7.81 in the 55-meter hurdles to cross the line in fifth for 857 points and then went on to jump a career-best mark of 23-6.25 in the long jump for fourth place and 854 points.
In the shot put Crowder posted another career-best mark with a throw of 41-11.25 for 654 points and 10th place, but was only able to gain 627 points in the high jump after he cleared a height of 5-10.75. The 1,000-meter run was the last event and Crowder ran a time of 2:50.39 for 10th to add 761 points for his final total of 3,753.
The second day of events will begin tomorrow with the field events starting at noon and the running events at 1 p.m. The meet will conclude on Sunday, March 2, with the first field event beginning at 10 a.m., and the finals of the running events at 1 p.m.
After the Razorbacks return from Gainesville, Fla., they will take a week off to prepare to host the 2003 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Nationals will be held on March 14-15 at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
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