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Men’s Track & Field Set for NCAA Indoor Championships

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Men’s Track & Field Set for NCAA Indoor Championships

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark – The No. 2 Razorbacks will compete in 11 individual events and two relays, chasing their second-straight indoor title at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. The two-day meet will take place Friday and Saturday, March 14-15 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The defending champion Razorbacks have a stacked contingent heading into the championships, seeking their second-straight title. Kevin Lazas (heptathlon) and Andrew Irwin (pole vault) enter as defending champions and are currently ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the nation, respectively.

Freshman sprinter Omar McLeod will be a strong contender in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing runner-up at the SEC Championships and earning SEC Freshman Runner of the Year. Also bringing speed to the field is the men’s 4×400-meter relay team of Jarrion Lawson, Eric Janise, Travis Southard and Neil Braddy, ranked No. 4 in the nation.

Follow All of the Action in Albuquerque Live Stream: ESPN3 Live Results: flashresults.com Also follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter for updates and a behind-the-scenes look from the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Defending Champions The Razorbacks enter the meet on the heels of an SEC Championship, and competing for their second-straight NCAA Indoor Title. Kevin Lazas competes as the defending champion heptathlete, winning last season’s title with a school-record score of 6,175 points. He ranks No. 2 in the nation heading into the weekend. Andrew Irwin took home the pole-vault title at last year’s indoor championships, breaking the school record at 18-8.25. Irwin is ranked No. 3 in the NCAA.

Bucknam, Geopfert Earn USTFCCCA South Central Region Awards Head Coach Chris Bucknam was named USTFCCCA South Central Coach of the Year, alongside Travis Geopfert who earned Assistant Coach of the Year honors. Following his ninth-straight SEC title (Indoor/Outdoor/XC), Bucknam was also named SEC Coach of the Year.

SEC Honors Men’s First Team All-SEC: Solomon Haile (5,000-meter), Raymond Higgs (Long Jump), Anthony May (High Jump). Men’s Second Team All-SEC: Andrew Irwin (Pole Vault), Jarrion Lawson (Triple Jump), Ken LeGassey (High Jump), Omar McLeod (60m-hurdles). Men’s SEC All-Freshman: Omar McLeod (60m-hurdles), Trae Carey (Long Jump), Ken LeGassey (High Jump).

2014 NCAA Indoor Championship Entries 400-Meters 9. Neil Braddy — 45.96 800-Meter 8. Patrick Rono — 1:47.96 13. Tomas Squella — 1:48.70 60-Meter Hurdles 11. Omar McLeod — 7.70 4×400 relay 4. Lawson/Janise/Southard/Braddy — 3:05.02 Distance Medley Relay 6. Wallace/Braddy/Squella/Rono High Jump 11. Anthony May — 2.21m/7-3 Pole Vault 3. Andrew Irwin — 5.60m/18-4.5 Long Jump 2. Raymond Higgs — 7.99m/26-2.75 5. Jarrion Lawson — 7.86m/25-9.5 Triple Jump 7. Anthony May — 16.07m/52-8.75 10. Clive Pullen — 16.01m/52-6.5 Heptathlon 2. Kevin Lazas — 5,923 points



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