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Lazas wins decathlon with top-10 season score

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Lazas wins decathlon with top-10 season score

FAYETTEVILLE — In his first decathlon of the 2013 outdoor season, University of Arkansas junior Kevin Lazas scored 7,537 points to win the event at the Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville. The result puts him at the No. 10 spot on this year’s collegiate performance list. This weekend’s meet was Lazas’ first multi-event competition since winning the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

After fourth- and fifth-place finishes to begin the day in the 110-meter hurdles and discus, respectively, Lazas posted a pair of event wins. In the pole vault, he had a final clearance of 5.00m/16-4.75 to add 910 points to his overall total. The Brentwood, Tenn., native followed with a first-place throw of 56.51m/185-5 in the javelin, an effort worth 685 points.

Lazas wrapped up the two-day, 10-event competition with a time of 4:44.62 in the 1,500 meters, the third-fastest showing of his career. In addition to the top-10 national ranking, the score moves Lazas in to the No. 3 spot on the conference list. Lazas began the day in third place with 3,860 points after day one of the competition.

The NCAA Outdoor Championships allow for 24 entries in the decathlon. Qualifiers in the multi-event do not have to compete during the NCAA Preliminary weekend. The collegiate season comes to a conclusion June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. By eclipsing 7,500 points this weekend, Lazas also secured a ‘B’ standard for the USA Outdoor Championships; the ‘A’ standard is 7,850 points.

The Razorbacks will close out their regular season Friday evening with the Arkansas Twilight at John McDonnell Field. Field events are tentatively scheduled for an 11 a.m. (CT) start with running events slated to begin at 6 p.m. Following the meet, Arkansas will face its championships season which begins May 9-12 with the SEC Championships in Columbia, Mo.

The coaching staff will continue its monthly luncheon series Wednesday. Held at Jose’s Mexican Restaurant on Dickson Street at 11:30 a.m., the lunch is open to fans, local track officials and media. This will be the final of four meetings this season. The cost of the lunch buffet is $9, and is payable by cash or check at the door.

For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sunday ResultsDecathlon (Day 2/Final)11. Kevin Lazas — 7,537 points 4. 110m Hurdles — 15.55 [784 points] 5. Discus — 39.12m/128-4 [647] 1. Pole Vault — 5.00m/16-4.75 [910] 1. Javelin — 56.51m/185-5 [685] 2. 1,500 Meters — 4:44.62 [651]

Download: Arkansas Invitational, Final.pdf



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