Lincoln Wins Steeplechase Title as Hogs Move i
BY ANDRES FOCIL
COLUMBIA, S.C. — With over a three hour rain delay, the University of Arkansas track and field squad ran past midnight on Saturday night at the Southeastern Conference Championships at Weems Baskin Field in Columbia, S.C. Heavy rains and lightning started around 6:30 p.m. EST and delayed the running events from starting until after 9:30 p.m. EST.
In the last event of the night, sophomore Daniel Lincoln took the 3,000-meter steeplechase title in 8:44.94. Frans Schimper and Ryan Travis, both running the steeplechase for the first time this year, finished in third in 8:44.94 and sixth in 9:04.82, respectively.
The Razorbacks scored 19 points in the steeplechase to bounce the Hogs into first place with 49 points going into the final day of competition. Rounding out the top-five are Georgia with 40, Tennessee with 38.50, LSU with 33.50 and South Carolina with 27. The Razorbacks are looking for their 16th-consecutive SEC title and 10th-straight SEC outdoor title.
When running resumed on Saturday night in the prelims for the 1,500-meter run, Ryan Travis won his heat and turned in the fastest time of the day finishing in 3:48.68. Chad Grundy ran in the first heat and finished in 3:58.35. The 1,500-meter finals will be run at 6:20 p.m. EST on Sunday.
In the 110-meter hurdle finals on Sunday at 6:40 p.m., three Razorbacks will be competing after their times in the preliminaries. Eddie Jackson turned in the second fastest time of the day and won his heat finishing in 13.75. In the same heat, Michael Thomas turned in a provisional qualifying time in the event finishing in 13.89. Sam Glover also advanced turning in a time of 13.99. Sean Lightfoot finished with the ninth-place fastest time of the day in 13.99 to just miss advancing to the finals.
In action early Saturday, sophomore Richard Smith added four points to the Razorback point total with a fifth-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 24-9.25. Freshman Maurice Robinson also advanced to the finals and finished ninth with a 23-2.50 jump.
Freshman P.J. Brown set a new personal best clearing 16-9.25 in the pole vault and added four points for the Razorbacks. Junior Evan Kirkconnell and freshman Blake Jorgensen finished 11th-place clearing 15-3.50 and 12th -place clearing 15-3.50, respectively.
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