FAYETTEVILLE — For its second weekend of the 2013 outdoor season, the No. 2 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team will split between the Razorback Spring Invitational in Fayetteville and the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. The men’s competition at the Arkansas home meet is scheduled to feature four teams ranked in the USTFCCCA preseason poll.
The Razorback Spring Invitational is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (CT) with field events and 1:30 p.m. with the running events. The hammer throw event will be contested Friday evening. In addition to Arkansas and other possible entries, the field of competition is set to include Drake, No. 19 Minnesota, No. 17 Nebraska, No. 13 Oklahoma and Wichita State.
General admission tickets for Razorback track and field home meets during the regular season are $5 and will be sold at the northwest entrance of John McDonnell Field. Fans 17 year and younger are admitted free and University of Arkansas students get in free with their valid student ID. This weekend’s meet in Fayetteville is the first of five home outdoor meets for Arkansas this season.
While the Razorback sprinters and field-event competitors stay home in Fayetteville, the team’s distance crew will make its season debut at the Stanford Invitational. The annual meet, highlighted by its distance fields, will be held Friday and Saturday at Cobb Track & Angell Field. Arkansas has scheduled entries at 800 meters, 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase.
After one weekend of outdoor competition, the Razorbacks have an NCAA leader in Andrew Irwin. The reigning SEC Field Athlete of the Week, Irwin set the top clearance in the nation with his 5.60m/18-4.5 showing last weekend at the Texas State Elite in San Marcos, Texas. Arkansas also has a national top-10 mark in the 4×400-meter relay.
The relay foursome of Caleb Cross, Neil Braddy, Tomas Squella and Anton Kokorin combined for the No. 8 time in the NCAA of 3:09.92 last weekend. Among the team’s scheduled entries at Stanford, Arkansas has runners ranked within the preseason top 50 of their respective events. That list includes David Flynn (3KSC), Stanley Kebenei (3KSC, 5K) and Patrick Rono (800m).
For more information regarding Razorback track and field or other 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.