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Razorback Invitational Up Next for No. 9 Arkansas

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorback Invitational Up Next for No. 9 Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. After a solid opening meet two weeks ago, No. 9 Arkansas returns to the track to host the Razorback Invitational, Fri.-Sat., January 25-26, at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.

UA will host No. 5 LSU, No. 10 Baylor, No. 17 Oklahoma, No. 18 Texas, No. 21 Texas A&M, No. 24 Oral Roberts, Oklahoma State, and Tulsa, among others, at the Razorback Invitational. A total of 25 collegiate teams will be traveling to Fayetteville.

A two-day event, Friday will begin at 12 p.m. with the heptathlon/pentathlon, field events at 3 p.m. and running finals at 6 p.m. Saturday starts at 10 a.m. with running events, the conclusion of the heptathlon at 11 a.m. and field events at 2 p.m.

Live results can be found at www.hogwired.com on the days of the event and a full meet recap will be available shortly after the final event.

Admission is free for Friday’s portion of the Razorback Invitational. All spectators will be charged $5 for entry for Saturday’s events. Children under 12 accompanied by a paying adult get in free. Doors will open at 11 a.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday (one hour before the first event) for spectators. Re-entry is available for all ticket holders who retain their tickets to come and go from the Tyson Track. All University of Arkansas students get in free with a valid student ID at the front doors of the Tyson Track.

The preseason United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll was released Dec. 17, 2007. The Hogs sit at No. 9 after a seventh-place finish indoors and a 63rd-place finish outdoors. Arkansas, one of six SEC teams ranked in the top 25, returns four All-Americans in Alain Bailey, Nkosinza Balumbu, J-Mee Samuels and Mychael Stewart. Balumbu is also a three-time SEC Champion.

Currently, Alex McClary holds the nation’s top time in the 800 meters with his provisional clocking of 1:49.28. Bailey’s provisional-qualifying high jump of 7-0.25 sits at a tie for seventh on the national list. Also provisionally-qualified, Spencer McCorkel ranks No. 8 in the pole vault (17-0.75). Balumbu’s triple jump of 51-5.5 is No. 6 on the national list and is a provisional-qualifying mark.

The national performance lists, split by division and conference, can be found at TrackShark.com.

For complete details and a final schedule of the Razorback Invitational, visit www.hogwired.com.

Download: 1.25-.26.08 RBack Invite.pdf



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