Razorbacks Finish Strong on Second Day of Texa
BY ANDRES FOCIL
Austin, Texas – Arkansas had a slow start in the morning events, but finished strong during the evening on the second day of the 75th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
“I was disappointed in the morning events, but things were okay tonight,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “(Michael) Thomas never false starts in an event, so it’s frustrating for him. The guys in the 1,500 meters had personal bests, so we were happy about that. We’re looking forward to the distance medley relay tonight. We’re really going to have to go out and do our best.”
In the first event of the day Arkansas’ 4×100-meter relay team of sophomore Michael Thomas, junior Eddie Jackson, sophomore Lawrence Richardson and freshman Ahmad Carroll finished second in their heat and 17th overall with a time of 40.80. Handoffs went smoothly all the way around as Thomas led the first leg of the relay team. Thomas handed off to Jackson. Jackson narrowly trailed the leader in the third leg as he passed the baton to Richardson. Richardson handed off to Carroll as he anchored the relay team to a second place heat finish. They were unable to qualify for the finals.
Jackson and Thomas also competed in the 110-meter hurdles. Jackson had a clean run and finished first in his heat and 11th overall with a time of 14.28. He barely missed qualifying for the finals and Thomas did not finish due to a false start.
Carroll represented Arkansas in the 100-meter dash. He started out fast and led the pack finishing first in his heat with a time of 10.70. Carroll finished 15th overall, but was unable to qualify for the finals.
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