FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Two of the newest members of the Arkansas Razorback men’s track and field team, freshmen Drew Butler and Cobi Hamilton, have earned high school All-America honors from Track and Field News, it was announced in this month’s edition of the magazine.
"We are excited about our group of freshmen for 2010 and Drew and Cobi are a big part of that," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "Being named a high school All-American is a great honor for these guys and I know they are excited to begin their Razorback careers."
Butler, a native of The Woodlands, Texas and graduate of The Woodlands High School, was recognized as a member of The Woodlands’ distance medley relay. He ran the 800-meter leg of the DMR that clocked the nation’s fastest time by a high school team in 2009, 9:55.17.
While competing for The Woodlands, Butler ran legs on the 2008 and 2009 Nike Outdoor Nationals winning 4xMile relay and the 2009 Nike Outdoor Nationals winning distance medley relay. He was a 2009 Texas Relays Champion as a member of the 4×800-meter relay and the distance medley relay.
Hamilton, a native of Texarkana, Texas and a graduate of Texas High School, was recognized as a member of Texas’ 4×200-meter relay. He anchored the relay team that clocked the nation’s No. 2 time by a high school team in the event in 2009, 1:25.29.
Hamilton was the 2009 Texas 4A State Champion at 200 meters with a time of 21.33. He also anchored the 4A state champion 4×200-meter relay team that clocked a time of 1:25.29. He earned all-state honors for his performances at the state championships. He holds prep bests of 10.60w in the 100 meters, clocked to finish fourth at the 2009 Texas Region 2-4A Championships, and 21.25 in the 200 meters, clocked to win the event title at the 2009 Texas Region 2-4A Championships.
Bucknam’s group of newcomers for the 2010 track and field season also includes Caleb Cross, the 2009 Arkansas state champion and record holder in the 300-meter hurdles, David Gordon, the 2008 Oklahoma state champion at 100 and 200 meters, Solomon Haile, the 2008 Footlocker National Cross Country Champion and a three-time Nike National Champion at 5,000 meters, and Leoman Momoh, the 2009 Tennessee state champion at 800 meters.
Razorback men’s track and field will begin the indoor season with the Arkansas Invitational on Fri., Jan. 8 at the Randal Tyson Track Center.