FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas men’s track and field team is ranked No. 3 in this week’s release of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll. On the heels of the last weekend’s win at Oregon, the Razorbacks maintained their top spot in the Dual Meet Rankings, as compiled by Track & Field News. Arkansas also owns seven top-five NCAA event rankings.
As the No. 3 team in the country, the Razorbacks are one of eight teams from the Southeastern Conference to be ranked this week. Five of those top eight are positioned within the top 10; all eight are inside the top 20. Arkansas is down one spot from its standing in the previous outdoor-season polls. This week’s ranking is the first of the season based solely on times and marks from 2013.
Based on the USTFCCCA release, this weekend’s Arkansas Invitational will feature four-ranked teams. In addition to the Razorbacks, the meet will include top-ranked Florida, No. 22 Oklahoma, No. 23 Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Tulsa. Saturday’s competition begins with field events at 11 a.m. (CT) with running events set to start at 4 p.m. The Arkansas Invitational will also extend to include a decathlon, also beginning Saturday.
General admission tickets for Razorback home meets during the regular season are $5 and will be sold at the northwest entrance at John McDonnell Field. Fans 17 years and younger are admitted free and University of Arkansas students get in free with their valid student ID.
At last weekend’s Arkansas-Oregon Dual, the Razorbacks had three top-five national event performances. Akheem Gauntlett at 200 meters (20.55), Kemoy Campbell at 1,500 meters (3:41.00) and Stanley Kebenei in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:43.67) all posted the No. 4 times in the country in their respective events. Campball continues to lead the NCAA at 5,000 meters with his time of 13:32.82 at the Stanford Invitational.
The Razorbacks also have top-five national marks from Andrew Irwin in the pole vault (No. 3 — 5.65m/18-6.5), Solomon Haile at 10,000 meters (No. 5 — 28:56.92) and Tarik Batchelor in the long jump (7.90m/25-11). Batchelor also own the eighth-best mark in triple jump with his effort of 15.93m/52-3.25 at the Arkansas-Oregon Dual in Eugene. Campbell and Haile also lead the SEC in their respective events.
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.
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