AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 13 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team ran to a first-place performance in the distance-medley relay Saturday afternoon at the 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The victory represents the program’s 69th Texas Relays title and first in the distance-medley relay since 2004.
"It was good to get on the awards stand with a first-place finish," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "I thought we had four solid legs in some real windy conditions here. Southard really helped us with a great 400 leg. That really got us in the right position for Bilbrew and Dorian. He looked strong and has had a great weekend.
The DMR quartet of Tom Cattin-Masson (3:02.06), Travis Southard (46.78), Chris Bilbrew (1:50.68) and Dorian Ulrey (4:06.63) took first place in a time of 9:46.46. Southard and Bilbrew put Arkansas in striking distance and Ulrey got the baton in second place. During the final lap of his leg, Ulrey took control to give his team the win; Baylor was second. The win is the Razorbacks’ 13th all-time in the event with the previous title coming in 2004.
In the team’s first result on the track, the Razorback sprint crew of Neil Braddy, Ben Skidmore, LaShawn Butler and Marek Niit had a second-place finish in the 4×200-meter relay. Running in section two of the timed final, the team clocked in at 1:23.52. The result marked Arkansas’ second runner-up relay (sprint-medley relay) finish of the weekend.
The Razorbacks were seventh in the finals of the 4×100-meter relay. Caleb Cross, Braddy, Butler and Niit finished in a time of 39.91, tied for the team’s second-fastest effort of the season.
Competing in the ‘A’ section of the high jump, Raymond Higgs finished seventh with a mark of 7-0.5, an outdoor personal best. He was one of three jumpers to post that final height. In the ‘B’ section of the high jump, Dwayne Golbek and Noah Kittelson both finished the day with clearances of 6-8.75. With fewer misses during the competition, Golbek finished eighth while Kittelson was one of four to place ninth.
"This is a weekend where we wanted to get a lot of reps in," Bucknam said. "Our (4×100) relay made the final. We had some exchange issues there but our kids are a little bit tired, yet they performed very well. We’re setting a great base to build on for the rest of the season. All around, we saw some good things."
Arkansas returns to action April 14-15 at the 53rd Annual Mt. SAC Relays at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif. The Razorbacks are set to have entries in 11 events, including the 4×100- and 4×400-meter relays. For more information and continued coverage, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.