AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 18 Arkansas Razorback men’s track and field team won the first four events of the dual meet with the Texas Longhorns but was unable to hold on to its early lead. The Razorbacks dropped the dual meet, 122-76, to the Longhorns. The Razorbacks picked up wins in the hammer throw, the javelin, the long jump and the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
"We had some positive things happen today," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "Alain Bailey had a great debut in the long jump and matched the NCAA leader. Our throwers had a good day and got two wins for us. The main thing we wanted to see this weekend was how we competed. In some areas, we competed well. In other areas, we were woefully uncompetitive and that’s not how we operate. Collectively, we have some work to do to get before some big meets we have coming up."
Freshman Brandon Heeger won the hammer throw with a toss of 159-7. Sophomore Justin Holmes was fourth with a toss of 124-6. Holmes also finished fourth in the shot put, 49-4.5, and third in the discus, 155-5. His hammer throw and shot put marks are personal bests.
Junior Luke Laird won the javelin. His best throw of the day measured 208-5. Freshman Matt Kirbos was fifth with a throw of 127-2. Kirbos also finished fourth in 100 meters, fifth in the shot put and fifth in the discus.
Senior Alain Bailey won the long jump with a leap of 26-2.75. In his season debut, his jump ties for No. 1 in the NCAA and is the SEC leader. Freshman Brede Raa Ellingsen won the high jump. He cleared a season-best height of 7-2.25 and ranks No. 12 in the NCAA and No. 4 in the SEC. He also finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 46-7.5.
Sophomore Rick Elliott won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:08.77. Junior Michael Chinchar, in his first collegiate steeplechase, was second in 9:17.25. Sophomore Andrew Pennington was second in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.50 and second in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.30. His 53.50 clocking is a personal best.
Sophomore Terry Prentice finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal-best clocking of 15.32. He also finished fourth in the discus. Sophomore Stuart Sparks and senior Chad Burnett finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the pole vault. Both cleared 15-7.75.
Freshman Hunter Bourke finished third in the 100 meters in 10.97 and third in the 200 meters at 21.93. Freshman Chris Muncie was fourth in the 200 meters at 22.03. Senior Rio Reina was second in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:56.90. Freshman Michael Golden was fifth in 15:21.32.
The quartet of freshman Caleb Cross, Muncie, junior LaShawn Butler and Bourke clocked a 4×100-meter relay time of 40.94 to earn a runner-up finish. Arkansas’ "A" 4×400-meter relay earned a runner-up finish. Muncie (48.24), Cross (47.66), junior Chris Bilbrew (47.53) and sophomore Ben Skidmore (47.13) combined for a time of 3:10.96.
The Razorbacks will compete next at Penn Relays, Thurs.-Sat., April 22-24.