FAYETTEVILLE, Ark, — Saturday afternoon at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville proved to be a exciting day for both current and former Razorbacks. All NCAA national champions and collegiate record-holders during their time at Arkansas, Neil Braddy, Omar McLeod, Sandi Morris and Wallace Spearmon Jr. showcased their talent at John McDonnell Field.
To run the 100 meter dash or the 110 hurdles?
Widely considered the best high-hurdler in collegiate history, McLeod stunned the stadium with a 9.99 seconds wind-legal performance in the 100-meter dash. The Kingston, Jamaica native coached by Razorback assistant coach Doug Case, is the first competitor in the history of the sport to ever go sub-10 in the 100 and sub-13 in the 110 hurdles.
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He will open up his 2016 outdoor hurdle campaign at the Drake Relays Saturday, April 30.
|Omar McLeod Progressions|
|Event||Best Mark - Prior to Arkansas (Doug Case)||Best Mark - At Arkansas*|
Spearmon Jr. and Braddy collected exceptional performances of their own capturing titles in the 200 and 400 hurdles, respectively.
The greatest indoor 200 sprinter in collegiate history, Spearmon Jr. coasted to a time of 20.40, besting the field of 19 with a top-four world wind-assisted mark.
A newcomer the the intermediate hurdles, Braddy clocked an impressive 50.84, 1.34 seconds from the United States Olympic Trials standards, in his first outing in the event.
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Coming off her 2016 World Indoor Championship silver-medal finish in the pole vault, Morris picked up right where she left of vaulting to the top of the outdoor world performance list with a personal best clearance of 4.81/15-9 1/4. The 2016 USATF indoor champion has a lifetime best of 4.95/16-2 3/4 and is one of only four women in the world to ever clear the 16 foot barrier.
Morris arrived in Fayetteville in 2012 as a transfer from North Carolina with a personal best of 4.30/14-1 1/4. Under the guidance of Arkansas women’s assistant coach, Bryan Compton, Morris has improved her best by more than two feet.
|Sandi Morris Progressions|
|Event||Best Mark - Prior to Arkansas (Bryan Compton)||Best Mark - At Arkansas*|
|Pole Vault (best)||4.30 / 14-1 1/4||4.95 / 16-2 3/4|
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