FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 2 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team continues its outdoor season Saturday by hosting the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville. Field events at the scored competition begin at 10 a.m. (CT), while running events–all finals–are scheduled for a 5 p.m. start. Including the Razorbacks, the six-team field will feature four top-25 teams.
General admission for Razorback track and field home meets during the regular season is $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.
In this week’s release of the USTFCCCA Top 25, Arkansas maintains its spot as the No. 2 team in the country. The top 15 teams remain unchanged from last week’s poll. Based on the team computer rankings, this weekend’s John McDonnell Invitational will feature four ranked teams with Arkansas, top-ranked Texas A&M, No. 15 Oklahoma and No. 22 Minnesota. Kansas and Minnesota are also part of Saturday’s field.
“We’ve got the No. 1 team in the country coming in to run against us this weekend,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “In addition to that, we’ve got a really good Minnesota squad coming in and an outstanding Oklahoma team that was second at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Kansas will also be here, and on the women’s side, they have the No. 1 team. All that to say we have an outstanding meet this weekend at our outdoor track.”
Individually, the Razorbacks have four top-10 national marks through the first three weeks of the outdoor season. Kemoy Campbell is the NCAA leader at 5,000 meters with his 13:32.82 performance March 29 at the Stanford Invitational. Arkansas also has top-10 efforts this season from Solomon Haile at 10,000 meters (28:56.92), Caleb Cross in the 400-meter hurdles (51.08) and Andrew Irwin in the pole vault (5.65m/18-6.5).
Between the six teams in the field and the athletes entered in their primary events for Saturday’s meet, there are a total of 13 top-10 national performers set for competition in Fayetteville. Seniors Akheem Gauntlett and Marek Niit will make their season debuts at 200 meters and 400 meters, respectively. The Razorbacks’ 800-meter crew, including Campbell running down in distance, is scheduled to open up this weekend.
Coverage of the John McDonnell Invitational will include live results by FlashResults, a video stream as part of the RazorVision subscription and an interactive blog that will begin at 5 p.m. to coincide with the start of Saturday’s running events.
Saturday’s meet will be scored using the 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 point system. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please log on to 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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