WALNUT, Calif. – Arkansas had a full weekend of competition at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. beginning on Friday and ending Sunday evening. Senior Melvin Lister won the invitational long jump leaping 27-3 a personal best for the All-American and an automatic qualifying leap.
On the first day of competition, Arkansas competed in the last two races of the evening and began a full day of competition on Saturday.
In the 5000m invitational, a race which is ran by both professionals and collegiate athletes, senior Murray Link placed 21st, running the seventh fastest collegiate time in the race and his personal best. Link’s 13: 52.37 in the 5000m improved his personal best by 36 seconds.
In the men’s open 5000m, freshman Daniel Lincoln placed ninth running a time of 14:03.25. Junior Alan Dunleavy finished 18th in 14:20.86 and Ryan Joseph finished 28th in a time of 15:03.19.
On Saturday, Arkansas competed in four events gearing up for a larger Sunday finish.
Lavar Miller tied for second in the open high jump clearing 7-2.75 a provisional qualifying mark.
“He had really good height on his attempts at 7-3.5, but could not come up with the mark,” fields coach Dick Booth said. “It is a little disappointing, but it is still early in the season and we will definitely look for him to automatically qualify.”
In the discus, seniors Marcus Clavelle and John Cross had disappointing throws. Clavelle threw a best 168-10 while Cross heaved 161-11.
“They didn’t throw as well as they should have,” Booth said. “They should do better as the season goes along.”
Arkansas continued running late into the Saturday evening competing in the 1500m and the 800m run.
Sharif Karie placed second in the 1500m in a time of 3:42.05 a strong provisional qualifying time. Ryan Travis placed a close third to Karie running a 3:42.38.
In the 800m, Ryan Stanley placed sixth in his heat running a 1:51.37. Joseph Vaughn placed fifth in his heat running a 1:53.14.
Sunday was a big day for the Hogs as Melvin Lister won the long jump leaping 27-3 a personal best for the All-American and an automatic qualifying leap.
“When Savante Stringfellow (Mississippi) jumped 27-2 on his first jump and began to talk about it, I was tired of hearing him,” Lister said. “I hit my second jump just right and flew off the board. I hope to go 28 feet before I leave Arkansas.”
“It was really nice that Melvin expounded to a challenge,” Booth said. “Stringfellow jumped 27 plus on his first jump and Melvin came up to the challenge. Melvin proved that he was the man to beat.”
Freshman Ramon Washington finished in eighth place in the long jump at 22-4.
James Karanu ran in a very good field in the invitational men’s mile. Four people in the race ran sub-four minute miles and everyone in the race ran below a 4:10.
Karanu had the second fastest collegiate time by running a 4:00.25, a seasonal best for the senior.
Kenny Evans placed fourth, but had the best collegiate finish in the high jump leaping 7-4.25.
Once again the Arkansas hurdlers of Sean Lightfoot, D’Marcus Brown and Eddie Jackson came up big for the Hogs as they all qualified for the finals of the 110m hurdles.
Brown led the way for the Hogs posting a provisional time of 13.80. Jackson ran the fastest time recorded by a freshman at 13.83, a provisional qualifying time and Lightfoot finished in sixth at 14.03.
In the finals of the 400m intermediate hurdles, Brown posted a seasonal best of 51.28 for the fastest collegiate time of the race and a third place finish overall.
Kevin Baker, Glover, O’Neal and Lister placed fourth in the 4x100m relay with their first sub 40-second time of the season at 39.95.
Clavelle came back Sunday in the shot put throwing a 62-9 a seasonal best for the outdoor All-American.
In the final race of Sunday, the 4x400m, Arkansas finished in fifth by running a 3:08.33.
Arkansas will next compete in Fayetteville April 22 at the Bank of Fayetteville Invitational.