Notes: Arkansas ended its so-called relay title “drought” at the Penn Relays with a win in the 4xMile relay. The Razorbacks had won at least one relay title at the prestigious event in every appearance until 2005. With this year’s victory, Arkansas has won the 4xMile relay a meet record 19 times. The Razorbacks have captured 42 wagon wheels overall and at least one relay title in 22 of 23 meet appearances since 1982. Senior Josphat Boit anchored the Razorbacks to the victory out-kicking Iona’s Richard Kiplagat on the final turn to take the tape. Boit ran a 3:55.78 mile split on the anchor of Arkansas’ DMR to clinch the Hogs’ runner-up finish on Friday. Freshman Kenny Cormier earned a regional qualification in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Penn Relays. Cormier clocked in at 9:02.04 in the first steeplechase of his collegiate career. Arkansas will not compete next weekend. The Razorbacks host the 2006 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville on May 11-14. The conference championship meet will be the inaugural event in the newly constructed John McDonnell Field.
Next Meet: 2006 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships (May 11-14), John McDonnell Field, Fayetteville, Ark.
ARKANSAS TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Anchored Arkansas to a win in the 4xMile relay (16:14.92) and to a runner-up finish in the DMR (9:33.49) at the Penn Relays Arkansas’ time of 16:14.92 in the 4xMile was the eighth-fastest time in Penn Relays history. Boit ran a brilliant tactical race in the 4xMile passing Iona’s Richard Kiplagat on the final turn to take the tape. Ran a mile split of 3:59.4 in the 4xMile to help Arkansas win a meet record 19th Penn Relays title in that event and 42nd relay title overall. On Friday, he posted a career-best 3:55.78 mile split and nearly out-kicked defending NCAA 1,500-meter champion Leo Manzano of Texas to the finish line. Boit is primarily a 5K and 10K runner.