FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas track and field will make its team debut at the 80th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, April 4-7.
The Hogs officially opened their outdoor campaign last weekend in Palo Alto, Calif. Arkansas sent a pair of athletes to the Stanford Invitational last weekend earning one provisional-qualifying mark in the 10,000-meter run from Scott MacPherson.
The Hogs have won 52 Texas Relays titles since the meet’s inception in 1925. Arkansas was named the Most Outstanding team in 1987 while the following individuals were named Most Outstanding Athlete: Randy Stephens, 1982; Joe Falcon, 1988; Scott MacPherson, 2005 (Plano HS).
Friday night in Austin, the Hogs will be in the hunt for their ninth-straight title win in the 4×1,500-meter relay. Arkansas has won 15 4×1,500-meter relay titles since the start of the event in 1925 with its first win in the event coming in 1951.
Arkansas track and field is ranked No. 11 by Trackwire 25, it was announced on Tuesday. Five Razorbacks were also tabbed in the Trackwire Dandy Dozen.
Defending NCAA Outdoor Champion Florida State is seated at the top of the list while USC and Auburn round out the top three, respectively. Among the SEC schools, Tennessee is seated at No. 6, LSU at No. 7, Florida is 17th, Ole Miss is 22ndwhile Georgia is No. 25.
In the Dandy Dozen, 10-time All-American Peter Kosgei leads the ranks in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Colin Costello, a 2007 NCAA Indoor national qualifier, is ranked No. 11 in the 1,500 meters.
In the field events, the 2007 NCAA Indoor bronze medalist Alain Bailey opens his collegiate outdoor career with a ranking of No. 3 in the long jump. In the triple jump, All-American and SEC Indoor Champion Nkosinza Balumbu is ranked third in the triple jump with teammate All-American Mychael Stewart in the eighth spot.
For complete a complete listing of the Trackwire 25 and the USTFCCCA poll, visit www.trackshark.com or www.ustfccca.org. For an updated schedule and live results of the Tyson Invitational, visit www.hogwired.com.