FAYETTEVILLE – In a budding tradition, the No. 13 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team will host No. 15 Texas in a dual meet Friday evening at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Competition will begin at 6 p.m. (CT) at the Razorbacks’ home facility with running events beginning at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free.
"We have a great meet lined up for Friday night," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "It’s an old-school dual meet. It’s not something we can do every weekend but we think it adds flavor to our schedule. In every race, two guys from Arkansas and two guys from Texas will score so we’re looking for a really tight meet."
The meet will be scored on a 5-3-2-1 scale with the first-place individual receiving five points and so on. Only two competitors per team will score in each event with the top two finishers for both receiving the points. In the relays, only one relay team per institution will score.
Arkansas enters the weekend with two national leaders in Tarek Batchelor and Dey Tuach. Batchelor posted an NCAA automatic qualifier in the triple jump (54-2.5) last weekend at the season-opening Arkansas Invitational. At the same meet, Tuach ran to a time of 2:22.42 in the 1,000 meters in a first-place showing.
Several Razorbacks will be making their season debuts Friday against Texas, including Lane Boyer (mile), Caleb Cross (60m hurdles), Rick Elliott (mile), Eric Fernandez (3,000 meters), Scott Gillespie (1,000 meters), Michael Golden (3,000 meters), Solomon Haile (3,000 meters), Brandon Heeger (weight throw), Justin Holmes (shot put/weight throw) and Matt Kirbos (shot put).
Cobi Hamilton and Maudrecus Humphrey, members of the Razorback football team, are also scheduled to make their debuts on the track in the 200 meters and 60 meters, respectively. In addition to Humphrey, Arkansas is expected to have nine newcomers make their Cardinal and White debuts on the track.
This will mark the second Arkansas-Texas indoor dual meet in as many seasons with the Razorbacks taking the victory last season, 88-81, in front of 600-plus fans at the Tyson Center. Arkansas picked up eight individual wins and a victory in the distance medley relay to secure the win.
During the outdoor season, the Razorbacks are scheduled to travel to Austin to compete in a three-way meet with Texas and UCLA at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Fans unable to attend can follow the action of Friday’s meet with the live stream, interactive blog and live results at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.