FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas Razorback men’s track and field will open the 2010 outdoor season with the Stanford and Razorback Spring Invitationals this weekend. The Arkansas distance runners will travel to Palo Alto, Calif. while the remaining squad members compete at home on Saturday.
The Razorback Spring Invitational will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the field events and 3 p.m. with the running events. Also competing with the Hogs at home will be Iowa, Kansas, Missouri Southern, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, South Dakota State, Tulsa and UMKC.
Junior Lane Boyer and freshmen Eric Fernandez and Solomon Haile will run the 10K Friday night at Stanford while sophomore Duncan Phillips, back from redshirting the 2009 outdoor and 2010 indoor seasons, will run the 1,500 meters Saturday.
Saturday at John McDonnell Field, key entries include junior Luke Laird throwing the javelin, freshman Caleb Cross in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles and the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays.
The 2010 outdoor season has a new process of qualifying to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, in Eugene, Ore., in June. Regional standards or qualifications are no longer in place. In order to advance to the NCAA preliminary rounds, in Austin, Texas for the Razorbacks, a student-athlete must be a top competitor in their event. Each event will take a varied amount of competitors to the prelims and then to the finals. Some events will go straight to a final round in Eugene, Ore.
From the Razorback Spring Invitational, a live stream and live results can be found at ArkansasRazorbacks.com. From the Stanford Invitational, live results can be found at gostanford.com.