Former Razorback Lister Headed for 2000 Olympi
BY ANDRES FOCIL
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former Arkansas track and field All-American Melvin Lister is headed for the 2000 Olympic Games after earning a spot on the United States team by winning the long jump at the U.S. Olympic trials on Monday night. Lister, who finished up his Razorback career last spring, outdistanced the field in competition at Cal-State Sacramento. Lister’s second jump of 27-3.75 was good enough to clinch a spot on the team that will compete at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 15-Oct. 1. While at Arkansas for only a year and a half, Lister was a nine time All-American, a five-time national individual champion, and helped the Razorbacks earn two national team titles. Prior to coming to Arkansas, Lister was also a seven-time NJCAA All-American and a five time national champion at Butler County (Kan.) College. Two other Razorbacks had qualified for the finals in the long jump but failed to make the team. Robert Howard, a nine-time All-American, barely missed the cut finishing fourth with a leap of 26-5.75, and 10-time NCAA jump champion Erick Walder finished in sixth place with a jump of 26-3.5.Howard still has another chance to qualify for the team in the triple jump but will have to compete against two other Razorbacks, Lister and current team member Jason Ward.Other former and current Razorbacks with a chance to make the 2000 Olympic team include: Brian Baker, Phillip Price and Rueben Reina in the 5,000, Calvin Davis and Sam Glover in the 400 hurdles, Kenny Evans, Matt Hemingway and Lavar Miller in the High Jump, Seneca Lassiter and Brandon Rock in the 800 and Chris Phillips in the 110 hurdles.
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