Razorbacks Excel in 5,000 meters at Penn Relay
BY ANDRES FOCIL
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The 5,000 meters was the only event Arkansas had athletes entered in Thursday night at the 111th Penn Relays, but it was able to gain two new or improved NCAA regional qualifying times with senior Jason Sandfort and junior Seth Summerside.
“The 5,000 meters went pretty good for us,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “Third place for Jason isn’t bad and we had some young guys run really well. Two of them (Seth Summerside and Tyler Hill) had personal bests, so that’s good with the conference meet coming up.”
Sandfort led the Hogs the entire way. The seven-time All-American kicked with one lap remaining and passed Providence’s Martin Fagan to move up to second. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as Fagan regained his position at the 200-meter mark and Sandfort ended up crossing the line in third with an improved regional clocking of 14:04.07. His previous top time was 14:04.90 from the Mt. SAC Relays two weeks ago. Benson Chesang won the race with a time of 13:57.42.
Junior Seth Summerside was the next Razorback to finish when he came in eighth place with a career-best and regional qualifying time of 14:11.39. He became the fifth UA runner to pick up the regional qualification in the event for the season. Redshirt freshman Tyler Hill also earned a personal-best time when he recorded a time of 14:20.76 for 16th place. It was the second-straight week Hill has turned in a personal-best performance. At last week’s McDonnell Invitational he ran 8:20.39 in the 3,000 meters.
Other UA athletes competing in the 5K included junior Abdi Dubed in 26th place (14:29.74), junior Josh Robles was 29th (14:43.13) and redshirt freshman Jonathan Norris rounded out the group in 33rd (15:09.19). It was Norris’ first time to run since the cross country season.
On Saturday Arkansas will send two relays to the track in hopes of capturing the prized first-place wagon wheels, the 4×100-meter relay and the distance medley relay. The 400-meter hurdles (Brad Dittoe), 100-meter dash (Creighton Kiper), and discus (Tony Ugoh) will make up tomorrow’s individual events.
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