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Hogs Lead in First Day of Indoor Nationals

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Hogs Lead in First Day of Indoor Nationals
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas men’s track team will go into the final day of competition at the 2000 NCAA Indoor Track Championships the same way that they came in – in first place. Arkansas tallied nine All-Americans on the day. The Hogs scored 34.50 points out scoring second place Florida with 23 points.

Stanford rallied to 21 points with a first place finish in the distance medley relay and a second place finish in the 5000.

As expected, Arkansas scored big points in the field events, collecting 28.5 points with the shot put, long jump and high jump.

Senior Melvin Lister won the national championship in the long jump with a leap of 26-8.50 also posting 10 points for the Hogs. This is Lister’s second indoor title winning the triple jump title in 1999. Lister also claimed his fourth All-America title. He will compete in the triple jump Saturday afternoon where he is the defending champion.

“I was disappointed in my performance at the SEC but the big game was today,” Lister said. “This was cool but I am looking for a double. Mike Conley told me this morning that I couldn’t be a part of it at Arkansas unless I won two titles. The reason that I jumped so well was the big crowd and my hamstring wasn’t bothering me.”

Scoring two points in the long jump with his seventh place finish was freshman Ramon Washington. Washington claimed his first All-America honor.

In the high jump, junior Kenny Evans placed second with a personal best leap of 7-7. Earning eight points and All-America honors the Pine Bluff native lost by only three-quarters of an inch.

“I felt pretty good today,” Evans said. “I was happy to get the PR. I took a lot more jumps than I would have like to, but I’m a lot stronger than I am this year. I was thinking more about the team today.”

Senior Lavar Miller claimed his second All-America honor with his sixth-place finish. Miller earned 2.50 important points for the Razorbacks.

In the shot put, senior Marcus Clavelle threw 63-6.75 to place third. The three-time All-American scored six points.

In the running events, two Razorbacks advanced to the finals of the mile. Murray Link ran a 4:03.52 in the mile advancing to the finals. The time was his second best of the season.

Also qualifying for the finals Saturday was Ryan Travis. His time of 4:05.52 was his second best of the season. The finals of the mile will begin at 6:15 p.m.

In the finals of the 5000m, Andrew Begley placed 13th and freshman Daniel Lincoln placed 16th.

The final event of the evening was the distance medley relay. Arkansas placed third with a time of 9:33.31 earning six points.

The NCAA Indoor Championships will begin Saturday, March 11, with the 35-pound weight throw at 3:30 p.m.

1. Arkansas 34.5, 2. Florida 23, 3. Stanford 21, 4. Alabama 18, 5. SMU 14, 6. Clemson 11, 7. Texas 10, South Alabama 10.



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