FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 5 Arkansas men’s track and field team will travel to Waco, Texas this weekend to compete at the Baylor Invitational on Saturday, April 8.
The Razorbacks will be joined in Waco by Baylor, Abilene Christian, Central Michigan, Fresno State, Lamar, North Texas, Northwestern State, Oral Roberts, Prairie View A&M, Tulsa, UT-Arlington and UT-Rio Grande Valley as well as women’s athletes from Midwestern State, Nevada and New Mexico State.
Sprints Take Center Stage
All-American junior Kenzo Cotton will headline Arkansas sprints, set to line up in the 100-meter dash, 4-x-100-meter relay and 4-x-400. Cotton has placed in all three at the national level, his highest finish coming in 2015 as the lead leg of the NCAA national championship 4-x-100 relay team.
Richard Bland transfer Josh Washington will assume the same gauntlet of events as Cotton, hoping to increase his contributions to the Razorbacks with more national-qualifying marks this outdoor season. Washington scored two points for Arkansas at the NCAA indoor meet, off a seventh-place finish in the 200. He also helped the Razorback 4-x-100 relay team place third at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Sophomore Obi Igbokwe and redshirt senior Eric Janise are both scheduled to take on the 200, 400 and both relays. The meet will mark the pair’s first competition in the 400 since the NCAA Indoor Championships this past March where Janise placed sixth. Igbokwe and Janise both hope to shake up the SEC and NCAA 400 performance lists currently controlled by Alabama’s Steven Gayle (45.40) and Tennessee’s Nathan Strother (45.58).
Off the Track
Two-time NCAA indoor national champion Clive Pullen is primed to make his outdoor debut in the triple jump at 5 p.m. CT on Saturday. Pullen will be joined in the competition by junior Rubin Owens who qualified for the NCAA West preliminary round in the event last year. Baylor’s Felix Obi currently leads the country with his mark of 16.67m/54-8 1/4 from the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Redshirt senior Ken LeGassey will also be in action in the field, entered to compete in the high jump. LeGassey holds a career best in the event of 2.22m/7-3 1/4, which he earned in February at the Arkansas Qualifier.
Additional Razorbacks to Watch
• Sprints: Roy Ejiakuekwu (100), Kevin Harris (200) and Jamarco Stephen (400)
• Hurdles: Davon Anderson (110H), Larry Donald (400H) and Kemar Mowatt (400H)
• Middle Distance: Carlton Orange (800)
• Throws: Erich Sullins (hammer throw)
Sullins will open up Saturday’s meet for the Razorbacks, scheduled to contest the hammer throw at 10 a.m. CT. Track events will kick off at 3:25 p.m. CT. with the 4-x-100 relay.
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