FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas has high hopes for its relay teams as they head to Austin, Texas for the Texas Relays this weekend.
“We’re going to run a lot of relays,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “We have a good shot in the 4×800, distance medley relay, the sprint medley and 4×1,500.” Arkansas is taking 28 athletes to compete in 17 events at the three-day event.
“This is going to be a true test for the entire team,” McDonnell said. “The downside is that we’re not completely rested. We want to give 100 percent for where we are in our conditioning right now. It’s going to be good to see guys who had an okay indoor season, have an even better outdoor season. The Texas Relays provide a good preparation for individual performances later in the season.”
Arkansas will have five different relay teams competing in the Texas Relays. Freshmen Said Ahmed, Michael Taylor and sophomores Chris Mulvaney and Robbie Stevens will compete in the 4×800-meter relay. Taylor will also represent Arkansas in the mile run.
Freshman Ahmad Carroll, sophomores Michael Thomas and Lawrence Richardson and junior Eddie Jackson will compete in the 4×100-meter relay. Jackson and Thomas will compete in the 110-meter hurdles as well. Carroll will also be running in the 100-meter dash this weekend. He provisionally qualified in the event at the SEC Quad on March 16 with a time of 10.34.
Senior Sam Glover, Carroll, Richardson, Mulvaney and Stevens will all compete in the 1,600-sprint medley. Glover will see competition in the 400-meter hurdles as well, along with teammate sophomore Josh Landreth.
Ahmed, Landreth, Richardson, sophomore Alistair Cragg and freshman James Hatch will run in the distance medley relay together. Hatch and Cragg will also run in the 4×1,500-meter relay with teammates freshman Jason Sandfort and junior Daniel Lincoln.
Lincoln earned an automatic qualifying time of 13:36.12 in the 5,000-meter at the Stanford Invitational on March 29, while his teammates Sandfort and junior Silverus Kimeli finished with provisional qualifying times of 13:52.92 and 14:06.09, respectively.
In the distance events, Arkansas will be well represented, as usual. Sophomores Westley Alkin and Kyle Cleveland, junior Chad Grundy and senior Andrew Beasley will all compete in the 1,500-meter run. Sophomore Fernando Cabada and junior Patrick Thomas will represent Arkansas in the 5,000-meter run.
The Razorbacks will have seven athletes compete in the field events. Junior Richard Smith and sophomore Ramon Washington will compete in the long jump. Smith has already provisionally qualified in the long jump at the SEC Quad with a measurement of 25-2.50 and his hoping to improve his mark.
Sophomore Maurice Robinson will compete in the triple jump. The Texas Relays will be Robinson’s first meet since his fifth place finish at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 9. Freshmen Cory Oldham and Matt Rosebery will see competition in the high jump. Freshman Jonathan Reeves will represent Arkansas in the discus throw and the shot put. Sophomore P.J. Brown will see his first competition of the outdoor season and compete in the pole vault.
After the Razorbacks return from Austin, Texas they will host the McDonnell Invitational on April 13.