WALNUT, Calif. – On the first day of the Mt. SAC Relays, Arkansas competed in the last two races Friday 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. Razorback junior Alan Dunleavy finished 18th in 14:20.86. Ryan Joseph finished 28th in a time of 15:03.19.
On Saturday, Arkansas competed in two events in the afternoon. 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.
The Hogs will continue competition Sunday.