Jackson, Lincoln and Link Automatically Qualif
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas men’s track and field squad gained three more automatic qualifiers at the Mount San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif., last weekend. Sophomore Eddie Jackson met the automatic standard in the 110-meter high hurdles on Sunday while sophomore Daniel Lincoln and senior Murray Link qualified on Friday night in the 3000-meter steeplechase and the 10,000-meter run on Friday night.
Jackson, who provisionally qualified at the John McDonnell Invitational the weekend before, ran 13.70 on Sunday. Senior Sean Lightfoot provisionally qualified in the same event finishing in 13.90.
Lincoln, who was running the steeplechase for the first time this season, ran a new career best in the steeplechase in 8:39.19 on Friday night.
Link, running the 10,000 meters for the first time this season, ran the 10,000 meters in 28:48.00 also set a new career best in the event. Senior Sharif Karie finished behind Link and provisionally qualified in 29:05.49.
Jackson, Lincoln and Link join high jumper Kenny Evans as the Razorbacks that have automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships thus far this season. Seven other Hogs had provisionally qualified for the NCAA meet before this meet and the Razorbacks gained four more this weekend.
Other provisional qualifiers for the weekend for the Razorbacks included Dirk Heinze who improved on his time from the John McDonnell Invitational the week before finishing the 800 meters in 1:48.24 and Sam Glover who provisionally qualified in the 400-meter hurdles finishing in 50.87.
In the 5,000 meters on Friday night, redshirt freshman Phil Yoder finished in 14:42.61 while senior Alan Dunleavy finished in 14:53.57. Freshman P.J. Brown and Fernando Cabada also joined in on the action on Friday night with Brown clearing 15-9 in the pole vault and Cabada running the 10,000-meters in 30:33.18.
The Hogs returned to action on Saturday with the middle distance runners for the Hogs taking the spotlight. In one heat, junior Dirk Heinze ran the 1,500-meters in 3:46.12 with freshman Chris Mulvaney finishing behind him in 3:49.07. In the last heat of the day, senior Frans Schimper ran the 1,500 meters in 3:45.33. In the 800-meter run, senior Andy Beasley clocked in at 1:50.08 while junior Chad Grundy ran it in 1:52.56. Sophomore Jason Ward, who was competing in his first meet since the 2001 indoor national championships, leaped 23-9 in the long jump.
On Sunday, the Hogs sprinters and jumpers took center stage. In the 100-meter dash, Chris Johnson finished in 10.49, Maurice Robinson ran in 10.72, Chandun O’Neal finished in 11.01 and Michael Thomas finished in 11.16. Johnson then ran the 200-meter dash in 21.05. Lavar Miller claimed the high jump title jumping 7-2.25. Richard Smith jumped 24-3.00 in the long jump.
The Hogs will head to Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend for the Drake Relays.
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