Heinze Automatic Qualifier in 800 meters at Ge
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas runner Dirk Heinze automatically qualified in the 800-meter run on Saturday at the Georgia Tech Invitational on George C. Griffin Track in Atlanta, Ga. The Hogs sent four Razorbacks to compete in the last chance meet in Atlanta before heading to the NCAA outdoor track and field championships May 30-June 2 in Eugene, Ore.
Heinze, who did not compete for the Razorbacks at the Southeastern Conference outdoor championships, turned in the second fastest 800-meter time of the day at 1:47.20 to automatically qualify. Heinze joined the Razorbacks at semester and was the 800-meter run runner-up at the NCAA indoor championships.
Also in action on Saturday were Eddie Jackson and Sean Lightfoot in the 110-meter hurdles. Jackson, who has already automatically qualified in the event, ran 13.76, the third fastest time of the day, while Lightfoot, a provisional qualifier ran 14.12.
On Friday night, Richard Smith jumped 24-4.25 in the long jump.
With the addition of Heinze, the Razorbacks have five automatic qualifiers and over 10 provisional qualifiers for the NCAA Championships. When the Hogs head to Eugene, they will be looking for their 37th national track and field title for UA head coach John McDonnell’s Razorback squads.
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