Distance Runners to Compete at Stanford Invita
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After finishing fourth at the SEC Quad in Starkville, Miss. on March 16, the Razorbacks hope to showcase four distance runners as they compete at the Stanford Invitational Friday, March 29. Juniors Daniel Lincoln and Silverus Kimeli, sophomore Westley Alkin and freshman Jason Sandfort will all compete in the 5,000-meter run.
The Stanford Invitational will be their first competition in the 5,000 meters since March 8-9 at 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Lincoln and Sandfort earned All-American honors at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships while finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
“This weekend we really want to concentrate on getting qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships,” McDonnell said. “After we get these guys qualified in the 5,000 meters we can start to work on the 10,000 meters and the steeplechase. Even though we’ve had a long break I think we’re ready for this weekend. We’ll do well, even without being 100%.”
The Razorbacks are expecting to face the nation’s top competitors at the Stanford Invitational. “The best distance runners in the country are going to be there, like Alabama’s David Kimani,” McDonnell said. “We are expecting it to be a tough competition.”
After the Razorbacks return from the Stanford Invitational they will travel to Austin, Texas for the Texas Relays on April 5-6 before returning to Fayetteville to host the McDonnell Invitational on April 13.
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