Nine Hogs and DMR Qualify for 2001 NCAA Indoor
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nine University of Arkansas track and field athletes and the distance medley relay team have qualified for the 2001 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships as announced by the NCAA office early this week. The Razorbacks will set out to claim their fifth-straight NCAA Indoor Track and Field title this weekend when the NCAA Championships are held at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Hogs nine athletes will be competing in 11 events over the two-day meet on March 9-10. After claiming the 2001 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field title at the end of February, the Hogs will once again depend on their distance runners and jumpers to lead the Razorbacks to their 37th national title in track and field.
Dirk Heinze will compete in the 800-meter run after ranking sixth on the qualifying list after his 1:48.31 time at the SEC Championships. The prelims for the 800-meter run will be run at 4:15 on Friday with the finals being held on Saturday at 6:35.
One of two Razorbacks that qualified in two events, Ryan Travis will compete in the mile and the 3,000-meter run. Travis had the 11th fastest time in the mile at 4:01.04 at the SEC Championships and the 3rd fastest time in the 3,000-meters in 7:56.24 at the Tyson Invitational. Prelims for the mile are at 6:35 on Friday with finals on Saturday at 6:15.
The other two-event participant for the Hogs is Daniel Lincoln who will be competing in the 3,000-meter run and the 5,000-meter run. Lincoln turned in the 13th fastest time in the 3,000 meters at the Tyson Invitational at 8:03.18 and the 12th fastest time in the 5,000 meters at 14:04.92 at the Razorback Invitational.
Joining Travis and Lincoln in the 3,000 meters is Sharif Karie who turned in the ninth fastest time in the country, 8:02.32, at the Razorback Invitational. The 3,000-meter run finals will be held at 7:40 on Saturday.
In addition to Lincoln in the 5,000 meters will be Murray Link. Link ran the 16th fastest time in the 5,000-meters when he claimed the SEC Championship in 14:07.92. The 5,000-meter run finals will be held at 8:00 on Friday night.
Also on Friday night, the distance medley relay team will spring into action as they set out to claim the NCAA title. Arkansas’ distance medley relay team qualified at the Razorback Invitational with a time of 9:35.93 that led the nation until the last week in February and now ranks as the fifth fastest qualifying mark in the country. Making up the DMR team that night was Ryan Travis, Josh Landreth, Chris Mulvaney and Sharif Karie. Listed as alternates for the NCAA Championships are Kevin Baker and Sam Glover. The men’s DMR race will be the last event of the day on Friday scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.
Four-time SEC Indoor Champion Kenny Evans ranked as the second qualifier in the high jump after clearing 7-4.50 in the first meet of the indoor season, the SEC Quad, for the Razorbacks. Evans will be looking for his second indoor high jump title winning the event in 1998. The men’s high jump will be contested at 4:15 on Saturday.
UA’s Ramon Washington will compete in the long jump, after turning in the 15th longest jump of 25-4.75 at the SEC Quad, on Friday night at 6 p.m.
Two more Hogs will compete in the triple jump finals on Saturday at 4:10. Jason Ward, who finished second at last year’s NCAA Championships, was the 13th qualifier after his jump of 52.6-75 at the Cyclones Qualifier this past weekend and is joined by Maurice Robinson with his jump of 52-2.00 at the SEC Quad.
2001 NCAA Championships action begins on Friday with the men’s weight throw in the Walker Pavilion (the indoor football facility) beginning at noon with events beginning in the Randal Tyson Track Center at 2 p.m. On Saturday, the women’s weight throw will begin at 2 p.m. again in the Walker Pavilion with action at the Randal Tyson Track Center beginning at 4:10 p.m. Tickets are still available by calling the UA athletic department ticket office at 1-800-982-4647 (HOGS).
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