COLUMBIA, S.C. – The No. 9 Arkansas men’s track and field team advanced six through three preliminary events and picked up critical points from sophomore Austen Dalquist in the 10,000-meter run late Thursday night on the opening day of the 2017 SEC Outdoor Championships at Cregger Track.
Taking on the 10,000-meter run for the first time in his career, Dalquist picked up three points with his sixth place finish in a time of 30:49.07. Running in 13th position through 6,400 meters, Dalquist made his move and was able to move up seven spots over the next 2,000 meters. Dalquist picked up three points as a true freshman at the 2016 SEC outdoors with a sixth place showing in the 5,000 meters.
Six of the seven entrees in the evening prelims in the 200 meters, 800 meters and 400-meter hurdles moved onto Saturday’s final in their respective events. Three of those came in the 400-meter hurdles.
Arkansas’ decathletes also put themselves in good position heading into Friday’s final five events. Three Razorbacks currently sit in the top seven led by junior Derek Jacobus in fourth.
Friday will open up with the final five events of the decathlon (100-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin & 1500 meters) starting 10 a.m. CT while live coverage on SEC Network+ will begin at 5:30 p.m. Finals on Friday include the long jump, high jump and 3000-meter steeplechase.
Sophomore Carlton Orange kicked off the evening running events by easily advancing out of the 800-meter prelims to Saturday’s final by finishing second in the first heat with a time of 1.48.64. Orange automatically qualified for the final due to finishing in the top two of his heat, while his time was the fourth best in the field of 19 on Thursday.
In the 200-meter prelims, senior Josh Washington delivered the fastest non-automatic qualifying time in the field at 20.31, good for fifth. Junior Kenzo Cotton snagged the last spot in Saturday’s final with a time of 20.54 to qualify ninth.
In the final prelim of the night, Arkansas displayed its depth with three Razorbacks advancing to Saturday’s 400-meter hurdles final. The junior trio of Kemar Mowatt, Travius Chambers and Larry Donald all advanced out of the first heat with Mowatt and Chambers doing so automatically with their top three finishes in the heat. Mowatt entered the SEC Championships with the top time in the nation at 49.09 set at the SEC Relays three weekends ago.
200 Meter Prelims
5. Josh Washington – 20.31q
9. Kenzo Cotton – 20.54q
12. Roy Ejiakuekwu – 20.63
800 Meter Prelims
4. Carlton Orange – 1:48.64q
400 Meter Hurdles Prelims
4. Kemar Mowatt – 50.56q
5. Travius Chambers – 50.86q – PR
8. Larry Donald – 51.16q
10,000 Meters Finals
6. Austin Dalquist – 30:49.07 – PR
Jacobus Leads The Way
Led by Jacobus, the four Decathlon entries combined to set seven PRs on the first day while three found their way into the top seven of the standings after day one.
Jacobus was Arkansas’ top finisher in four of five events, setting three PRs along the way, including one in each of the first two events. After taking fourth in the 100 meters with PR of 10.77, Jacobus came through in the clutch on his third and final jump in the long jump. With a fault in each of his first two attempts, Jacobus delivered a leap of 23-11, good for third best in the field of 12 and a new PR. One of two competitors to finish in the top half of all five events on Thursday, Jacobus was the final man standing in the high jump en route to taking fourth with a final clearance of 6-4 before finishing off the day with a new PR (48.34) in the 200 meters to take second. The second place finish equaled the highest by a Razorback on the day.
Sophomore Gabe Moore will enter Friday in fifth place with 3,951 points. Moore’s day was highlighted by a second-place finish in the shot put thanks to a final final throw of 46-10. The Freeport, Fla. product improved by over two feet on each of his final two throws and jumped from fourth to second place with his final toss, which was a new PR. Moore was the runner-up among the Razorback in the 100 meters, long jump and 400 meters.
Arkansas in the Decathlon Standings
4. Derek Jacobus – 4,086
5. Gabe Moore – 3,951
7. Brad Culp – 3,742
10. Lane Austell – 3,607
4. 100 Meters – 10.77 (912 points)
3. Long Jump – 23-11 (883 points) – PR
6. Shot Put – 42-2 (658 points) – PR
4. High Jump – 6-4 (740 points)
2. 400 Meters – 48.34 (893 points) – PR
5. 100 Meters – 11.01 (912 points)
5. Long Jump – 22-9 (797 points) – PR
2. Shot Put – 46-10 (745 points) – PR
7. High Jump – 6-2 3/4 (714 points)
5. 400 Meters – 49.52 (837 points)
8. 100 Meters – 11.20 (817 points)
9. Long Jump – 21-9 1/2 (729 points)
5. Shot Put – 45-3 3/4 (717 points)
6. High Jump – 6-2 3/4 (714 points)
8. 400 Meters – 51.10 (765 points) – PR
6. 100 Meters – 11.05 (850 points)
10. Long Jump – 21-7 1/4 (716 points)
11. Shot Put – 38-7 1/2 (592 points)
9. High Jump – 6-0 1/2 (661 points)
6. 400 Meters – 50.59 (788 points)