Lincoln Runs World’s Fastest TIme in Steeplech
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas junior Daniel Lincoln, recorded the fastest steeplechase time in the world this year at the 2002 John McDonnell Invitational. The defending NCAA steeplechase champion finished first with a time of 8:29.16 and in the process easily earned an automatic qualification for the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships by surpassing the qualifying mark by 14 seconds. Lincoln established a large lead in the race as the next fastest competitor finished 34 seconds behind him.
“It felt pretty good, but it was windy and that made it difficult to run,” Daniel Lincoln said. “It’s hard to get a sense of how fast you’re going when you’re by yourself. I realized I went out sort of fast, so I tried to settle down, relax and keep my arms loose. It was a good race and it was faster than I needed to run, so I’m happy.”
The Razorbacks also earned five NCAA provisional qualifying times in front of a hometown crowd.
“Eddie (Jackson) and Michael (Thomas) had good qualifying times in the 110-meter hurdles,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “Sam Glover did well and Daniel (Lincoln) ran a great race. Alistair Cragg and Chris Mulvaney were also able to qualify. We were able to qualify six guys, so it was a good meet for us. We had some guys who could have run better, but it’s hard to get them all on the same day. They’re in good shape, but they have to do well at the conference meet and at nationals; those are the important days.”
In the first running event of the day junior Eddie Jackson and sophomore Michael Thomas both provisionally qualified in the prelims of the 110-meter hurdles. Jackson finished first in his heat with a season-best time of 13.85. Thomas also finished first in his heat with a career-best time of 13.74. He missed the automatic qualifying mark by two hundredths of a second. In the finals Thomas finished second with a time of 13.94 and Jackson finished third with a time of 14.01.
Senior Sam Glover earned a provisional qualifying and season-best time of 50.66 in the 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Josh Landreth also ran a season-best time of 54.00 while finishing fifth.
Two Razorbacks earned qualifying times in the 1,500-meter run. Sophomore Alistair Cragg finished first with a provisional qualifying time of 3:42.10 and sophomore Chris Mulvaney finished second with a provisional qualifying time of 3:42.34. Three other Razorbacks also competed in the 1,500 meters. Junior Silverus Kimeli finished fifth (3:46.11), freshman Said Ahmed finished ninth (3:49.55) and senior Andrew Beasley finished 10th (3:50.17).
Freshman Ahmad Carroll finished first in his heat with a time of 10.52 in the 100-meter dash. In his first track meet junior Tom Crowder finished 12th overall in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.10.
Five Razorbacks competed in the 800-meter run. Freshman James Hatch captured the title with a career-best time of 1:49.43. Sophomore Robbie Stevens finished right behind Hatch in second (1:49.93), freshman Michael Taylor finished ninth (1:51.70), junior Chad Grundy finished 13th (1:52.27), sophomore Kyle Cleveland finished 16th (1:52.85) and sophomore William Porr finished 27th (1:58.98).
Arkansas swept the top two spots in the 3,000-meter run. Sophomore Westley Alkin finished first with a time of 8:17.19, while freshman Jason Sandfort finished second with a time of 8:22.43. Junior Patrick Thomas also competed in the 3,000 meters and finished 10th with a time of 8:44.62.
The Razorbacks had a strong showing in the field events. Freshman Jonathan Reeves threw a career-best 167-10.00 in the discus and finished fourth overall. He also won the shot put title with a throw of 57-00.25. Freshman Cory Oldham finished fourth in the high jump with a mark of 6-04.75. Junior Josh Roberts finished third in the pole vault with a career-best clearance of 15-6.00. Crowder finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 22-3.75, while junior Richard Smith won the triple jump title with a career-best mark of 50-11.00.
The Razorback 4×100-meter relay team of Thomas, Jackson, Glover and sophomore Lawrence Richardson finished second with a time of 40.89. Richardson also finished eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.51.
Arkansas hopes to continue their pattern of success when they travel to Walnut, Calif. for the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19-21 before competing at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa. on April 25-27.
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