Lincoln Captures Second-Straight NCAA Steeplec
BY ANDRES FOCIL
BATON ROUGE, La. – Junior Daniel Lincoln captured the NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase title for the second year in a row. He finished with a career-best time of 8:22.34, the fastest winning time since Jim Svenoy of UTEP went 8:21.48 in 1995. Lincoln’s time also set a new UA school record, a new Bernie Moore Track Stadium record and was the fastest time by a collegiate this year. The old UA school record of 8:25.49 was previously held by Godfrey Siamusiye in 1996. Lincoln who brought Arkansas its fourth title in five years, was firmly in control with a 20-meter lead with three laps remaining. He stretched his lead to 50 meters on the bell lap and was unchallenged to the finish. Lincoln’s first place finished earned Arkansas’ first points for the weekend. They now have a total of 10 points after three days of competition stand tied with Kansas for 11th place.
“Daniel Lincoln did a great job,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “I told him the minute the leader starts to slow down, to take it. It was a beautiful run on a very hot evening. We knew going into the race that he would be able to run that time and that he needed to concentrate on winning this event first. Then he could worry about the 5,000 tomorrow.”
After a 30-minute delay due to rain and lightening, two Razorbacks competed in the finals of the triple jump. Junior Richard Smith, flanker for the Arkansas football team, finished 14th with a jump of 51-9.75. In the first round he registered a mark of 49-8.25, in the second round he jumped his highest mark of 51-9.75 and in the third round he hit a mark of 50-11.00.
Sophomore Maurice Robinson finished 21st. He fouled in the first round, in the second round he hit his highest mark of 49-8.00 and in the third round he jumped 49-3.50.
Two Razorbacks also competed in the semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles. In the first heat junior Eddie Jackson finished eighth and 16th overall with a time of 14.22. Sophomore Michael Thomas also ran in the first heat and finished seventh and 14th overall with a time of 14.00. Both were unable to qualify for the finals.
The final day of competition begins for the Hogs with sophomore Chris Mulvaney in the 1,500-meter run at 8 p.m., and sophomore Alistair Cragg, junior Silverus Kimeli and Lincoln in the 5,000-meter run at 8:40 p.m.
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