FAYETTEVILLE – No. 17 Arkansas Razorback men’s track and field will continue the 2010 outdoor season with the Penn Relays, Thurs.-Sat., April 22-24, at Franklin Field, in Philadelphia, Pa. The Razorbacks will compete in numerous relay events, Thursday’s distance carnival and select field events.
Arkansas has a rich tradition at the Penn Relays. During their 27-year tenure at the meet, the Razorbacks have brought home 43 coveted wagon wheels. Only three times since 1983 has Arkansas not won at least one event at Penn Relays. Here is the breakdown of Arkansas’ relay titles: 4×100 (1), 4×200 (1), 4×400 (1), 4×800 (2), 4xMile (20), SMR (2), DMR (15) and Shuttle Hurdles (1).
In the current USTFCCCA ranking, the Razorbacks are listed at No. 17. Arkansas is one of eight SEC schools in the top 25. Florida is No. 1, Auburn is No. 8, LSU is No. 9, Mississippi State is No. 10, South Carolina is No. 11, Ole Miss is No. 14 and Tennessee is No. 23. Freshman Eric Fernandez is the SEC leader at 10,000 meters and senior Alain Bailey is the SEC leader in the long jump. Fernandez’s time of 28:37.77 is the fastest by a freshman this season and ranks No. 3 in the NCAA. Bailey’s jump of 26-2.75 is also the NCAA leader.
At the 2009 Penn Relays, Scott MacPherson won the championship steeplechase in a time of 8:44.64. The Razorback picked up a runner-up finish in the distance medley relay. Andy McClary (2:56.1), Chris Bilbrew (46.7), Alex McClary (1:48.9) and Dorian Ulrey (4:01.1) combined for a time of 9:32.79. The Razorbacks finished seventh in the sprint medley relay championship. Mychael Stewart, J-Mee Samuels, Marek Niit (47.4) and Bilbrew (1:52.2) combined for a time of 3:21.85.
In commanding fashion, the Arkansas milers returned the Razorbacks to the Penn Relays award stand with a dominating win in the 4xMile relay. Alex McClary (4:04.9), Michael Chinchar (4:05.3), Ulrey (4:03.2) and Andy McClary (4:02.7) combined for a time of 16:16.11 to take the 4xMile title.
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