FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 12 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team began competition Friday at the John McDonnell Invitational. Kevin Lazas is the leader in the decathlon after day one of the 10-event competition. Friday’s schedule was also set to feature an invitational section of the 1,500 meters but due to impeding severe weather, the event was moved to Saturday.
With the help of a 24-foot long jump and personal best in the shot put, Lazas finished the day with 3,943 points. Lazas was in second place through the first three events of the day but took the lead with his 6-3.25 effort in the high jump. During the long jump, the Razorback freshman picked up 905 points with an event-best mark of 24-2.5. The top three competitors in the event are separated by 89 points headed into Saturday’s action.
Teammate Matt Kirbos is currently in eighth place in the decathlon with 3,414 points. During the day, he established a new personal best in the high jump (6-0.75). Terry Prentice began the competition but an injury during the 100 meters forced the Razorback junior out of the decathlon.
In Arkansas’ only field result of the day, Justin Holmes finished second in the discus with a mark of 173-6, a season-best performance. He was the leader heading into the final round of competition before Frank Afriyie of Barton County launched a winning throw of 182-7 in the final attempt of the day. Holmes’ mark is the second best of his career. His personal best of 174-3 came at last year’s McDonnell Invitational. Marlon Dwyer was sixth in the event with a day’s best of 149-8.
The Razorbacks return to action Saturday for the final day of the John McDonnell Invitational. Action is set to begin at noon (CT) with the javelin and pole vault competitions. Resumption of the decathlon is scheduled for a 3:15 p.m. start while the day’s running events get under way at 4 p.m. Log on to ArkanasRazorbacks.com for live results, video stream and interactive blog.
Download: JMcD Start Lists.pdf