Hogs Struggle to Earn Qualifiers in Nebraska
BY ANDRES FOCIL
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Razorbacks struggled to gain qualifiers after fielding a full squad at Nebraska’s Adidas Classic on Saturday night and managed to leave with only three new qualifiers: senior Daniel Lincoln, junior Robbie Stevens and junior transfer Jaanus Uudmae.
“It wasn’t a good meet for us,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “We’re in a lot better shape than we competed. The guys are disappointed, because they wanted to run well. Everything was mediocre and we were very flat. Thank goodness it wasn’t conference, but we’ll bounce back after we analyze some things.”
Lincoln captured the mile title with an automatic qualifying time of 4:00.84 and became the first Arkansas athlete to earn an auto time in the event this season. Sophomore Michael Taylor finished third with a career-best time of 4:05.71 and sophomore Said Ahmed came in fifth (4:07.85). Junior Silverus Kimeli was 15th (4:21.54).
In the 800-meter run Stevens became the only Razorback to run a provisional qualifying time this season as he posted a time of 1:49.07 to finish second. Junior Chris Mulvaney was ninth (1:51.01), sophomore James Hatch was 13th (1:52.81) and senior Chad Grundy was 20th (1:57.03).
Uudmae garnered a first-place finish when he jumped an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 51-7.25 in the triple jump. Uudmae is also the first Arkansas athlete to qualify in the event this season. Junior Maurice Robinson finished right behind in second with a leap of 50-11.50.
Sophomore Ahmad Carroll ran the top time (6.77) in the prelims of the 60-meter dash to advance to the finals and went on to claim first place with a provisional qualifying time of 6.71.
In the 3,000-meter run sophomore Jason Sandfort crossed the line in second with a time of 8:09.45 and junior Westley Alkin was right behind in third with a career-best 8:10.99.
In the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles junior Michael Thomas was the only Razorback to qualify for the finals when he ran a provisional qualifying time of 7.95. He came in second in the finals with another provisional qualifying time of 7.87. Thomas also ran in the 200-meter dash and came in sixth with a season-best time of 21.78.
Also in the prelims of the hurdles, junior Tom Crowder crossed the line in a season-best time of 8.57 and freshman Brad Dittoe ran a time of 8.89.
In the 400-meter dash senior Josh Landreth was Arkansas’ top finisher after he crossed the line in sixth with a season-best time of 48.52. Junior transfer Maurice Bridges was next in seventh (48.60). Sophomore Chason Pompey was 18th (49.92), true freshmen David Wittenmyer and Brad Dittoe finished 19th (49.96) and 20th (50.27), respectively. Crowder posted a time of 51.76 (25th).
The 1,600-meter relay team of Bridges, Wittenmyer, Landreth and Stevens had smooth handoffs all the way around the track as they posted a time of 3:12.96 to come in third.
Sophomore transfer Phillip Aagaard ran in the 1,000 meters and came in fourth (2:28.38), while sophomore Chason Pompey was 18th (22.78) in the 200-meter dash.
In the long jump junior Maurice Robinson finished second with a mark of 24-3.50. Senior Ramon Washington tied for third (23-11.50) and junior Tom Crowder was eighth (22-6.25).
In the pole vault junior P.J. Brown tied for third with a clearance of 15-11.00 and in the high jump sophomore Cory Oldham finished in a three-way tie for 12th with a height of 6-8.25.
Sophomore Jonathan Reeves threw a season-best 54-3.75 to finish sixth in the shot put.
After their return from Lincoln, Neb. the Razorbacks will host the Tyson Invitational in the Randal Tyson Track Center on February 14-15.
On Friday February 14, both collegiate running and field events will start at 10:30 a.m., with the last relay capping off the day at 10:10 p.m.
The world’s top professionals will compete on Saturday February 15, with the first running event beginning at 5 p.m., and the men’s 60-meter dash finals ending the evening at 7:15 p.m.
Tickets for Friday’s events are available through the Razorback ticket office by calling
1-800-982-4647 and tickets for Saturday’s USA Track and Field Golden Spike Tour events are available through the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-766-4626 or (479) 521-5776.
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