AUSTIN, Texas – Arkansas track and field wrapped up competition at Texas Relays on Saturday. The Hogs will leave Austin with seven regional-qualifying marks and the 4×1,500-meter title.
Cedric Zellner, Alain Bailey, Mychael Stewart and J-Mee Samuels, as the Hogs’ 4×100-meter relay, finished seventh in the university finals. The quartet clocked a time of 40.37 and eclipsed its season best of 40.50, recorded in Friday’s prelims. The time ranks sixth in the SEC and betters Arkansas’ regional-qualifying mark.
Nkosinza Balumbu made his outdoor debut in the triple jump. He finished seventh in a packed field. His mark of 52-2.75 is his first regional-qualifying mark of the season. It currently leads the SEC.
Spencer McCorkel made his outdoor debut and earned a regional-qualifying mark. He cleared 16-6.75 in the “A” flight of the pole vault.
Arkansas finished fifth in the distance medley relay with a clocking of 10:01.77. Freshman Michael Chinchar took the baton for the lead leg but dropped it less than 100 meters into the race and the pack was called back to the line for a re-start. Holding strong for the first two laps, Chinchar fell behind the lead back on the back straightaway and couldn’t regain any momentum heading into the hand off.
“Chinchar ran like a freshman,” head coach John McDonnell said. “Our other guys did all they could to get back in the race but the lead was too big. It was a slow pace and a slow time won the race.”
Arkansas will travel to Tempe, Ariz. next weekend for the Sun Angel Classic. For complete details of the Arkansas track and field, visit www.hogwired.com.