STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 3 Arkansas men’s track and field team will send its distance crew to Stanford this weekend to open their season at the competitive Stanford Invitational.
Arkansas throwers Sam Kempka (shot put, discus), Jeff Rogers (shot put), Alex Springer (javelin) and Erich Sullins (hammer, discus) will also see action in Northern California in search of improved marks in their respective events.
The Razorbacks welcome back junior Alex George (5,000) and redshirt senior Cale Wallace (steeplechase) who will both mark their 2017 debuts on Friday, March 31. George opted to redshirt during the indoor season after a long and decorated cross country competition period. During Fall 2016 and into Winter 2017, the Great Britain native won an SEC title, earned All-America honors and successfully navigated two international races for his home country. An All-SEC performer in the steeplechase last year, Wallace has only outdoor eligibility left with the Razorbacks and trained through the cross country and indoor seasons.
Three other Hogs — Austen Dalquist, Kyle Levermore and Aidan Swain — will join George in the 5,000. Levermore and Swain will open the day tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT competing in the earlier heats while Dalquist and George will take on the evening sections starting at 10 p.m. CT.
Distance Medley Relay All-Americans Jack Bruce and Ethan Moehn could potentially see some action as well. Aware of the wear and tear that comes with distance racing, head coach Chris Bucknam will make a game-time decision for Bruce who is currently entered in the 5,000. Moehn is scheduled to line up in both the 1,500 and the 800. He will be joined by sophomore Cameron Griffith in the 800.
Iowa Central transfer Andrew Ronoh will compete in section two of the 10,000 at 12:43 a.m. CT to close out competition on day one. Ronoh holds a PR of 28 minutes, 36.20 seconds from the 2016 Payton Jordan Invitational which ranked him at No. 2 last year among Division I runners.
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