Evans Takes Third in High Jump at NCAA Champio
BY ANDRES FOCIL
EUGENE, Ore. — In the second day of competition at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, University of Arkansas senior high jumper Kenny Evans took third place clearing 7-4.25 on Thursday night. Evans who injured his left ankle in practice on Wednesday entered the event at 6-11 then after missing twice at 7-5.25 moved up to 7-6.50 to take one attempt at the height.
This was the final meet in his Razorback career. Evans finishes as an eight-time All-American and had never finished lower than fourth in a NCAA meet. Evans was an eight-time Southeastern Conference champion and was the 1998 indoor high jump champion.
Also competing for the Razorbacks in the high jump was senior Lavar Miller finished 19th. Weber State’s Charlie Clinger, the 2001 NCAA indoor national champion, and Utah State’s Dave Hoffman finished one-two in the event both clearing 7-6.50.
“The ankle injury really affected me,” Evans said. “I tried to tape it but it restricted me too much so I had to take it off and just go for it. This was my last championship and I wanted to go out big. I think that I did pretty well for somebody that was limping. I passed at 7-5.25 because I did not know how many good jumps I had in me. I tried to muster up one more good jump.
“I am happy and I had a great career. There was only one thing I did not do by not winning an outdoor title so I am a little disappointed.”
After six events, the Razorbacks are in fifth place with 14 points. Oregon holds first place with 27 points. Three teams, Georgia, Utah State and USC, are tied with 16 points in second place.
Daniel Lincoln advanced to the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:46.98 finishing first in his heat and ran the second fastest time of the day. Lincoln, the 2001 SEC steeplechase champion, will compete in the steeplechase finals on Saturday night.
Eddie Jackson ran 13.99 in the 110-meter high hurdles.
Returning to action on Friday at the NCAA Championships for the Razorbacks are Dirk Heinze in the 800 meter finals and Murray Link, who finished second in the 10,000 meters on Wednesday night, in the 5,000-meter run.
Competition at the 2001 NCAA Indoor National Championships wraps up action on Saturday night. The Hogs are looking for their 37th national title and their ninth title in the last ten years.
Dirk Heinze – 800 meters – 1:47.69 (advances to the finals)
Murray Link – 10,000 meters – 29:95.75 – 2nd
Sharif Karie – 10,000 meters – 30:11.82 – 12th
Kenny Evans – high jump – 7-4.25 – 3rd
Lavar Miller – high jump – NH
Eddie Jackson – 110 hurdles – 13.99 (did not advance to finals)
Daniel Lincoln – steeplechase – 8:46.98 (advances to the finals)
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