AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 14 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team picked up four event victories Friday at the triangular meet between Arkansas, No. 17 Texas and No. 23 UCLA at Mike A. Meyers Stadium in Austin. Wins came from Marek Niit in the 100 meters, Dorian Urley in the 800 meters, Duncan Phillips in the 3,000 meters and Tarik Batchelor in the long jump. The Razorbacks finished third in the team race with 106 points.
Niit led a 1-3 finish for the Razorbacks in the 100 meters. He finished the sprint with a time of 10.21, marking the first 100-meter race of his collegiate career after concentrating on the 200 meters as a freshman in 2009. Based on times posted entering the weekend, Niit owns the nation’s fastest time. LaShawn Butler was third with a time of 10.35, a personal-best effort.
Running in his first race in an Arkansas jersey since the 2010 indoor season, Ulrey won the 800 meters in a time of 1:51.23. Emerging from the back at the top of the final turn, Ulrey picked up seven points for the team with his win. Georg Eberhardt, making his Razorback debut, finished fifth in the race with a time of 1:53.31. Scott Gillespie (1:53.90) and Jordan Bryant (1:58.71) rounded out Arkansas’ runners in the race.
In the first running event of the day, Phillips ran to a comfortable victory in the 3,000 meters. With 250 meters left in the race, Phillips broke away from the lead back and took first place in a time of 8:26.01. Teammate Cameron Efurd crossed in a time of 8:31.36, good for a third-place showing. Arkansas picked up 11 points in the event. Michael Golden (8:34.51) and Omar Abdi (8:38.90) finished fifth and eighth, respectively.
Batchelor notched the first event win of the day for Arkansas with a first-place showing in the long jump. He and teammate Raymond Higgs went 1-2 in the event to give the Razorbacks 12 points in the team race. Batchelor went out to a day’s best of 24-10 while Higgs followed with a jump of 24-7. Higgs later finished fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 48-3.5.
The 4×100 relay foursome of Caleb Cross, Ben Skidmore, Butler and Niit combined for a time of 39.91 and a second-place finish. The time is faster than any time run by the Razorbacks last season. Skidmore returned to the track later and closed out his day with a fifth-place result in the 200 meters. In other relay action, the 4×400 crew of Cross, Bilbrew, Leoman Momoh and Travis Southard finished second in the final race of the day. The foursome clocked in at 3:11.46.
Bilbrew ran to a personal best with a second-place effort in the 400 meters. Running just the third open quarter of this Razorback career, he posted a time of 48.35. Momoh used a late charge down the home stretch to finished third in the event. He was time at 48.72. Cory Kocurek, with a time of 50.93, rounded out the Arkansas runners in the event.
Noah Kittelson marked his collegiate debut with a second-place showing in the high jump. He scored five points for the team with his 6-10.75 clearance. Fellow freshman and teammate Dwayne Golbek was fifth in the competition and had a clearance of 6-6.75 to his credit.
Cross led a 3-4-5-6 showing in the 110-meter hurdles. He finished in a time of 14.36 for third place and was followed by Andrew Pennington in fourth. Pennington clocked a time of 14.64. Getting work in for decathlon duties later this season, Terry Prentice and Kevin Lazaas posted times of 14.74 and 15.51, respectively.
In the 1,500 meters, Tom Cattin-Masson finished third in a time of 3:49.70. From Arkansas, he was followed by Patrick Russell who crossed sixth in a time of 3:58.75 and Rick Elliott who was seventh in a time of 4:03.53.
Andrew Pennington was the Razorbacks’ top performer in the 400-meter hurdles. He finished fourth overall with a personal-best time of 53.26, just .02 quicker than his previous best run last season at the SEC Championships. Southard was sixth in the race at 54.19 while Hunter Bourke finished in seventh place with a time of 54.28.
Through the first two events of the day, Arkansas picked up eight points in the hammer throw and javelin. Justin Holmes was the team’s top performer in the hammer throw and finished in fifth place. His best toss of the day was 154-5, a personal best. In the javelin, multi-event specialist Kevin Lazas was fourth overall with a throw of 185-5.
Marlon Dwyer and Holmes were the team’s top performers in the shot put. Both posted a best mark of 48-0.75. Holmes went on to finish as Arkansas’ top scorer in the discus. Stuart Sparks had a day’s best clearance of 14-11 in the pole vault to finish sixth in that event.
With the first meet of the outdoor season in the books, Arkansas will return to its home facility next weekend for the Razorback Spring Invitational. The meet will be held April 2 at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville with a start time of 1 p.m. (CT) for field events and 3 p.m. for the running events. For more home meet information, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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