Razorback Tracksters Head to Mount SAC Relays
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s track and field squad hits the road this weekend as it heads to the Mount San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif. to compete Friday through Sunday. The Hogs are still looking to qualify more athletes for the 2001 NCAA Outdoor National Championships in Eugene, Ore., May 30-June 2.
In their third meet of the season last weekend, the Razorbacks gained six provisional qualifiers at the John McDonnell Invitational and have eight athletes that have met the qualifying standard for the season. Senior Kenny Evans is the only Razorback to have automatically qualified for nationals, clearing 7-4.50 in the high jump at the Texas Relays.
Evans, who has been training non-stop since preparing and competing for the Sydney Olympics this summer, will sit out this weekend at Mt. SAC to rest his Achilles’ tendon.
On Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays, seniors Sharif Karie, who provisionally qualified in the 5,000-meter run last weekend, and Murray Link will both set out to qualify in the 10,000-meter run. This will be the first time for both of them to run this event this season. Freshman Fernando Cabada, who competed at the IAAF World Championships in mid-march, will also run the 10,000 meters for the Hogs.
Sophomore Daniel Lincoln and senior Ryan Travis, who both provisionally qualified in the 1,500 meters at the John McDonnell Invitational, will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the first time this year. While Lincoln qualified for last year’s NCAA Championships in this event, this will be the first time for Travis to compete in it in his career.
Rounding out the Hogs’ lineup on Friday are senior Alan Dunleavy and redshirt freshman Phil Yoder who will run the 5,000 meters and pole vaulters freshman P.J. Brown, freshman Blake Jorgensen and junior Evan Kirkconnell.
On Saturday, the Hogs will look to their middle distance runners to highlight the action. Senior Andy Beasley and junior Chad Grundy will run the 800 meters while junior Dirk Heinze, who provisionally qualified in the 800-meter run last weekend, freshman Chris Mulvaney and senior Frans Schimper will compete in the 1,500-meter run. Sophomore Jason Ward, who has battled a nagging a knee injury most of the season, will compete in his first meet of the outdoor season and look to qualify in the long jump.
Hog sprinters and jumpers will take center stage on Sunday. Heinze will double up for the Hogs and come back and run the 800 meters. Sophomore provisional qualifier Eddie Jackson and senior Sean Lightfoot will compete in the 110-meter hurdles. Sophomore Kevin Baker will compete in the 400-meter dash while senior Sam Glover will run the 400-meter hurdles. Junior Chandun O’Neal will also double up on Sunday running in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. Joining O’Neal in the 100-meter dash will be freshman Michael Thomas.
Senior high jumper Lavar Miller, who provisionally qualified in the high jump at the SEC Five-Way Meet March 31, will look to join teammate Evans as an automatic qualifier in the event. Sophomore Richard Smith will look to improve on his provisionally qualifying mark in the long jump.
Next weekend, the Hogs will not compete at the Penn Relays for the first time since 1983. The Razorbacks will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays, April 26-29.
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