FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The best athletes in the Southeastern Conference gathered for day one of the 2016 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships at ‘The Fastest Track in the World.’ Arguably the best track and field conference in the nation, the conference indoor championship backed up its reputation as the athletes threw up major performances. The Razorbacks stood tall at the end of the day with the highest point total through day one collecting 42 points. Arkansas also put nine athletes into the finals section of six different events for day two at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Amongst the top performances were Jarrion Lawson and Andreas Trajkovski in the long jump. Right out of the gate, in his first jump, Trajkovski put himself on the top of the leaderboard with a new personal record. The junior college transfer, Trajkovski leapt to a distance of 7.87m/25-10. Fueled by his teammate’s success, Lawson claimed the SEC Championship title in the long jump by reaching a distance of 8.11m/26-7.25 on his fifth jump of the night. Lawson, and Trajkovski took first and second place respectively for the Razorbacks.
Ken LeGassey brought in another SEC medal for Arkansas as he collected first place for his performance in the high jump. LeGassey took the top spot with the help of three first attempt clearances. The junior fought off Auburn competitor Shawn Johnson and elevated himself to a height of 2.19m/7-2.25.
SEC DAY TWO QUALIFIERS
Kenzo Cotton took the top qualifying spot as he raced to a personal best in the first heat of the 60 meter dash. Cotton looks to build on his strong time of 6.62 tomorrow. Lawson kicked off his day with a victory in the third heat of the 60 and qualified seventh with a time of 6.71.
Cotton continued his strong day in the 200 meter dash. The sophomore ran his second best time of the year in the 200 as he crossed the line in 20.80 seconds qualifying in the fifth position.
Marqueze Washington maintained top form at 400 meters with another sub-46 second time. Washington claimed first in the fifth heat of the night racing to a 45.95. Freshman Obi Igbokwe stepped up and raced to a PR to push himself into tomorrow’s finals with a 46.29.
All three of Arkansas’ competitors Carlton Orange, Andrew Pisechko and Ryan Thomas rose to the occasion and advanced on to tomorrow’s finals. Highlighting the crew was freshman Orange who picked up the fourth qualifying spot after winning the second tomorrow. Picking up personal bests in the 800 were Thomas who qualified fifth with a 1:47.45 and Pisechko who ran a 1:48.60 and qualified eighth.
The lone qualifier for the Razorbacks came from freshman Cameron Griffith. Griffith pushed himself to a 4:06.94 and earned a qualifying position of fourth.
60 Meter Hurdles
Sophomore transfer Davon Anderson will be representing the Razorbacks in the finals section of the 60 meter hurdles. Anderson put forth another impressive race crossing the line in a time of 7.83.
2016 SEC Indoor Championship Day One Results
Randal Tyson Track Center
60 Meters Prelim
Kenzo Cotton – 6.62q
Jarrion Lawson – 6.71q
Roy Ejiakuekwu – 6.76
200 Meters Prelim
Kenzo Cotton – 20.80q
Roy Ejiakuekwu – 21.06
400 Meters Prelims
Marqueze Washington – 45.95q
Obi Igbokwe – 46.29q
Eric Janise – 47.30
Jamarco Stephen – 47.31
800 Meters Prelims
Carlton Orange – 1:47.45q
Ryan Thomas – 1:47.93q
Andrew Pisechko – 1:48.60q
Cameron Griffith – 4:06.94q
Austen Dalquist – 4:09.41
Cale Wallace – 4:16.34
Gabe Gonzalez (6) – 8:17.09
Jack Bruce (14) – 8:26.33
Andrew Ronoh (4) – 8:14.72
60 Meter Hurdle Prelims
Davon Anderson – 7.83q
Kemar Mowatt – 8.06
Ken LeGassey (1) – 2.19m/7-2.25
Jarrion Lawson (1) – 8.11m/26-7.25
Andreas Trajkovski (2) – 7.87m/25-10
Kurt Jenner (5) – 7.54m/24-9
Rubin Owens (10) – 7.22m/23-8.25
Devin Randall (7) – 17.39m/57-0.75
Brad Culp (6) 3096 – 60m: 6.99, LJ: 6.90m/22-7.75, SP: 13.64m/44-9, HJ: 1.90m/6-2.75
Derek Jacobus (7) 3010 – 60m: 7.11, LJ: 6.95m/22-9.75, SP: 12.72m/41-8.75, HJ: 1.90m/6-2.75
MEN’S TEAM TOTALS (through 5 of 17 events)
1. Arkansas (42)
2. Texas A&M (34.83)
3. Mississippi (27.50)
4. Alabama (21)
5. Georgia (16)
6. Kentucky (14)
7. Auburn (13)
8. South Carolina (12.33)
9. Tennessee (6)
10. Florida (3.33)
11. Missouri (3)
12. LSU (2)
2016 SEC Indoor Championship Day Two
Randal Tyson Track Center
11:00 a.m. – 60mH (Hept.) – Brad Culp, Derek Jacobus
3:00 p.m. – 60mH – Davon Anderson
3:20 p.m. – 60m – Kenzo Cotton, Jarrion Lawson
3:40 p.m. – Mile – Cameron Griffith
4:00 p.m. – 400m – Obi Igbokwe, Marqueze Washington
4:25 p.m. – 5,000m – Gabe Gonzalez, Alex George, Andrew Ronoh
4:30 p.m. – Triple Jump – Clive Pullen
5:05 p.m. – 800m – Carlton Orange, Ryan Thomas, Andrew Pisechko
5:25 p.m. – 200m – Kenzo Cotton
6:25 p.m. – DMR – Arkansas A
6:55 p.m. – 4x400m – Arkansas A
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