NEW YORK, N.Y. – Arkansas track and field has concluded the final day of competition at the New Balance Collegiate Invite at the Armory Track Center in New York, N.Y. The Razorbacks ended the event with six NCAA provisional-qualifying marks.
J-Mee Samuels finished second in the 60-meter dash finals behind Florida State’s Greg Bolden, who clocked a collegiate season-best time of 6.61. Samuels, who clocked a 6.74 in Friday’s prelims, crossed the line in 6.70, his second fastest-time this season and in his career. His season best, 6.69, currently keeps him at No. 9 on the national performance list.
In the championship mile, Peter Kosgei competed in heat two and finished third with a provisional-qualifying clocking of 4:01.94, also a personal best. Kosgei never fell further then fifth and a late surge earned him a bronze finish. Leonel Manzano of Texas won the event, running the fastest collegiate mile this season, 3:59.08.
In the first heat of the championship mile, Scott MacPherson clocked a personal best 4:08.52 and finished 16th overall.
In a tightly packed championship 3,000-meter race, Adam Perkins moved as high as fourth place but couldn’t hold off the challenge and finished in 10th place with a time of 8:03.45, good for his first NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of the season.
Matt Munoz made his Razorback debut in the collegiate 3,000 meters on Saturday. A transfer from Texas, Munoz finished second in his heat and second overall with a clocking of 8:11.75. Tyler Hill finished ninth in the same heat and ninth overall with a time of 8:17.52, the second-best time of his career.
The 800-meter championship got ugly early as one runner fell on the first 200 and two more fell on the second 200. Razorback Brian Roe managed to stay away from the traffic and finished fourth in his heat and sixth overall after a late surged carried him across the line in 1:51.83. Daniel LaCava also ran in a heat of the 800 meters. He finished fifth in his heat and 12th overall as he crossed the line in 1:54.10.
In the 200-meter dash prelims, Clemore Henry finished second in his heat and ninth overall with a clocking of 21.77, good for a spot in the finals of the event. Mychael Stewart, who won Friday’s championship long jump with a personal best 25-1.25, ran a 200-meter time of 22.40 and finished third in his heat and 29th overall.
Henry finished second in his heat and sixth overall with a time of 21.67 in the 200-meter finals.
The Hogs had two competitors in the championship triple jump. In the first flight, Daniel Quinn finished sixth (14th overall) with a leap of 47-10. Gary Jones, who holds the facility high school triple jump record at 50-1.25, jumped in the second flight. His leap of 49-1.5 finished him sixth in his flight and ninth overall.
Next up for the Hogs will be the Tyson Invitational, Feb. 9-10, at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. For complete results of the New Balance Collegiate Invite, visit www.hogwired.com.