FAYETTEVILLE – After its first weekend on the road, the No. 12 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team returns to Fayetteville for the 2011 Tyson Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Included in the field are 13 teams ranked inside this week’s top-25 national poll. Competition gets under way Friday at noon with the evening session scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT).
"We’re really excited to be hosting the Tyson Invitational," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "It’s a meet that attracts the best teams in the country and, as always, we have a strong field competing this weekend. Last week’s meet in New York came at the right time in the season for us because we needed to compete away from home but it’s always good to be back in Fayetteville in our own facility."
Including the Razorbacks, this weekend’s event is scheduled to feature No. 1 Florida, No. 2 LSU, No. 4 Texas Tech, No. 5 Indiana, No. 6 Oregon, No. 8 Penn State, No. 9 Florida State, No. 11 Auburn, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 21 Georgia, No. 22 Kansas State and No. 23 North Carolina. The field is also set to have Southeastern Conference teams Kentucky, Ole Miss and South Carolina.
Through the first four events of the season, the Razorbacks have secured three NCAA automatic-qualifying marks with Tarik Batchelor in the long jump and triple jump and the distance-medley quartet of Bryan Cantero, Chris Bilbrew, Dey Tuach and Duncan Phillips. Additionally, Arkansas has top-10 national performers in the 400 meters, 800 meters and 4×400-meter relay. Five Razorbacks-Phillips, Tuach, Cantero, Drew Butler and Bilbrew-are ranked among the top 20 nationally in the 800 meters.
In its last outing, Arkansas finished fourth in the team race with 52 points at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York. The team got victories from Phillips and Tuach in the 800 meters and mile, respectively, and a runner-up performance by the 4×400-meter relay team of Marek Niit, Ben Skidmore, Bilbrew and Neill Braddy.
This weekend marks the Razorbacks’ final preparation for the Feb. 25-27 SEC Championships. Following Friday’s action, the meet resumes Saturday with field events at noon and running events at 1 p.m. Fans unable to attend can follow the Tyson Invitational with a video stream, live results and interactive blog at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Download: Entries List_2011 Tyson Invitational.pdf