JOPLIN, Mo. – Late into the evening, the Razorbacks competed at the Missouri Southern Invitational in Joplin, Mo. Saturday.
The Hogs continued to demonstrate their dominance in track and field by qualifying more Razorbacks and improving on personal marks of the athletes.
Senior Melvin Lister and Marcus Clavelle were the first to set facility records at the Legget and Platt Athletic Center.
Lister jumped a personal best in the long jump with a leap of 26-10.
“I’m way ahead of where I was last year,” Lister said. “I ended up in shape by the outdoor season at 26-10 so I am very happy with today.”
Clavelle continues to improve in the shot put. His throw of 61-9.50 is the best of the season for the senior All-American.
“I’m real happy with the shot,”throws coach Dick Booth said. “Marcus is making improvements of about a foot a week, and at that rate he will be really great by conference and nationals.”
In the hurdles, Arkansas dominated having four Razorbacks in the finals. Samuel Glover, Sean Lightfoot, Eddie Jackson and D’Marcus Brown were all in the chase. Lightfoot was the eventual winner with a time of 7.38 edging teammate Jackson by two-hundredths of a second.
“We like the hurdles,” sprints coach Steve Silvey said. “We have a very good group of young hurdlers. You have to remember that Eddie in only a freshman, D’Marcus and Sean are juniors and Sam is a sophomore so there is a great training nucleus.”
Lightfoot improved on his provisional qualifying time while Baker provisionally qualified.
“In practice, I always try to push the guys because of my provisional mark in the first meet,” Lightfoot said. “It just helps us to get them qualified and get more points at nationals.”
Running phenom James Karanu continues to impress everyone by comtinuallly quaifying in events. Already qualfying in the 800m dash and the mile, Karanu ran an 8:01 in the 3000m to provisionally qualfy for national that will be held in Fayetteville.
Head coach John McDonnell was happy with the performances and how they are improving.
“We are improving,” McDonnell said. “The hurdlers and sprinters have improved their times. The Long jump was great. Lister and Jackson did really good.”
The Hogs will compete at the Tyson Invitational Feb. 11-12 in Fayetteville. The event will feature the opening of the Randal Tyson Track Center.