Evans and 4×1,500-meter relay Grab Titles at T
BY ANDRES FOCIL
AUSTIN, Texas – In front of 22,000 fans at Mike A. Meyers Stadium, the University of Arkansas 4×1,500-meter relay team continued their domination of the distance relays on Saturday afternoon at the 74th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, as they grabbed first place in 15:21.30. It was the fifteenth time that the Hogs had claimed the 4×1,500-meter relay and the third year in a row to take the title.
“We wanted to come out and show everyone that we are No. 1 in the 4×1,500-meter run,” UA anchor leg runner Sharif Karie said. “We focused a lot on the relays. That was the main point in coming here. We just relaxed and focused on getting the job done.”
The Razorbacks relay team comprised of four All-American distance runners got off to a good start with sophomore Daniel Lincoln’s 3:50.10 first leg. Lincoln handed off to senior Murray Link for the second leg and Link extended the lead in his 3:52.50 1,500 meters. Link then handed off to senior Ryan Travis, who ran the anchor leg on the distance medley relay team that won on Saturday night, who ran a 3:51.00 third leg. Travis then handed off to senior Sharif Karie who ran the fastest split time of the race for the Hogs with a 3:47.80 anchor leg.
“It really felt good to get out and get the job done and win this race,” UA leadoff runner Daniel Lincoln said. “We all ran a smart race and we did what we expected to do by winning it.”
Senior All-American Kenny Evans also took the high jump title clearing 7-4.50 automatically qualifying him for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, May 30-June 2. Evans and Nathan Leeper, competing as an exhibition athlete, both cleared the 7-4.50 mark and then passed at the next height to move the bar to 7-7 where they both missed all three attempts.
“I have been trying to get back to training on my fundamentals,” Evans said. “I have not had much rest and this has been a long college season. I am not jumping great right now but at the end of the summer I will be. At first I had to adjust my approach because of the wind. Then it slowed down and I had to readjust again. It was playing games with me all day.”
After turning in the second fastest time in the preliminaries on Friday, sophomore Eddie Jackson finished in fourth-place in 13.98 in the 110-meter high hurdles and senior Sean Lightfoot finished seventh in 14.06.
The Hogs return home next weekend for their only home meet of the season on Saturday, April 14, when they host the John McDonnell Invitational at John McDonnell Field.
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