First Day at NCAA Brings Four Qualifiers for A
BY ANDRES FOCIL
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Four Razorbacks passed the qualifying rounds of their events to advance to the semifinals and finals on the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hornet Stadium.
“Daniel looked good,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “All he needed to do was qualify. He tried to take it nice and easy and took the lead with three laps left. I was disappointed with Michael Thomas. In our books we had him finishing anywhere from first to eighth. He hit all the hurdles and had a bad race. Other than that everything else is going well.”
The 100-meter dash was the first running event of the day as sophomore Ahmad Carroll automatically qualified with a third place showing in his heat with a time of 10.68. Carroll will run in the semifinals later Wednesday night.
Junior Robbie Stevens posted a second place finish in his heat of the 800-meter run to automatically qualify for the semis. His time of 1:49.09 was 10th overall.
Senior Ramon Washington had a mark of 25-2.00 in the long jump, which was good enough to get him into the meet and on to the finals.
Two-time defending NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase champion senior Daniel Lincoln easily finished first in his heat with a time of 8:36.08 to qualify for the finals.
The 110-meter hurdles was the only event Arkansas didn’t have an athlete advance. Junior Michael Thomas came into the event with a season-best time of 13.50, but fell short of expectations as he turned in a time of 14.07 and missed the qualifying by two-hundreths of a second.
The prelims of the 400-meter hurdles, the semifinals of the 100-meter dash and the prelims of the 5,000 meters will all take place very late Wednesday night. The second day of competition on Thursday will start off with the semis of the 800 meters, while the Hogs hope to tally points in the finals of the 10,000-meter run with senior Daniel Lincoln and junior Alistair Cragg.
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