DMR Outleans Florida To Add Eight Points for t
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After day one of the 2001 NCAA Indoor National Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center, the University of Arkansas track and field squad sits in fourth-place after gaining eight points with a second-place finish in the distance medley relay. The Hogs sit in good position after day one to claim their 37th national title on Saturday.
UA’s Dirk Heinze ran the 1,200-meter opening leg and handed off to Sam Glover. Glover then handed off to Chris Mulvaney who held on to second-place with his 800-meter leg but still trailed Stanford’s Jonathan Stevens. Stanford’s Gabe Jennings extended the Stanford lead while Sharif Karie battled with Florida’s Chris Duncan. With the race coming down to the wire, Karie outleaned Duncan at the finish line with a 9:34.51time.
“I am very happy with how we performed,” UA head coach John McDonnell. “The 5,000-meter run kicked things off very nice for us. I didn’t think that we would get the six points that we got in the 5,000 meters. We knew that the distance medley relay would be tough. Stanford is a great team.”
Alabama sits in first-place with 21 points with TCU in second at 16 and Stanford in third with 15.
“I think that today went good,” McDonnell said. “We are definitely were we wanted to be and we are even a little ahead. We are in good shape for tomorrow. We have got people in the events we just have to do it. We qualified everybody that we thought would but tomorrow will be tough.”
Razorback distance runners Murray Link and Daniel Lincoln got the Hogs off to a good start by getting the Hogs six points in the 5,000 meters. Link grabbed a fifth-place finish in 13:52.31 with Lincoln close behind in seventh-place at 13:58.98.
In preliminary action for the Hogs, 800-meter runner Dirk Heinze won his heat and claimed the fastest time of the day in 1:48.48. Heinze will have his shot at his first NCAA title on Saturday when the 800-meter finals are contested at 6:35 on Saturday.
Ryan Travis will also have a shot at a NCAA title after qualifying in the mile. Travis finished fourth in his heat and has the eighth fastest time going into Saturday’s final at 6:15.
When asked what was key for the Hogs to win another national title, McDonnell said, “The high jump is key for us. Kenny Evans is a great competitor and should come out and win. I also think that Sharif Karie will come out and run a good race tomorrow in the 3,000 meters. The triple jump could also be key with Jason Ward. Last year, he jumped from sixth to second with his last jump so we know that he is capable.”
Also competing for the Hogs in day two of the championships is Maurice Robinson in the triple jump and Lincoln and Travis in the 3,000 meters.
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