Razorbacks Host Nation’s Top Track and Field T
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas track and field squad will host the some of the nation’s top track and field programs this weekend at the Tyson Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Friday, Feb. 9.
Action continues on Saturday when for the second year in a row, the Randal Tyson Track Center will serve as the backdrop for a stop on USA Track and Field’s Golden Spike Tour. The Golden Spike Tour serves as a “Victory Tour” for some of the nation’s elite athletes. The meet will include some of the finest collegiate and professional competitors around.
UA head coach John McDonnell will return to coaching the Razorbacks after missing the first three indoor meets of the season after suffering from a mild heart attack on Sunday, Jan. 14.
“I am looking forward to seeing the guys run this weekend,” UA head coach John McDonnell said. “I have seen them workout a few times but that is not the same. We have got to be ready this weekend and get some more people qualified for the NCAA Championships.”
Arkansas will be joined by some of the top collegiate teams in the nation. Men’s teams competing in Fayetteville this weekend include Abilene Christian, Auburn, Baylor, BYU, Cal. St.-Northridge, Florida, Houston, Kansas, LSU, McNeese State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, South Carolina, SMU, Texas, TCU, Villanova, Western (Colo.) State and Wisconsin.
With the NCAA Championships being held in a month in Fayetteville, the Hogs are looking for this meet to add to their list of qualifiers.
“We need our field events people and hurdlers to qualify this week,” McDonnell said. “We need to get them in. The next meet is the conference meet and there we will just be looking to score points. This is an important weekend for us.”
The Tyson Invitational will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday and the Golden Spike Meet will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Razorbacks Scheduled to compete this weekend
Chase Atwood 800-meter run
Kevin Baker 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash
Andy Beasley 800-meter run
Andrew Begley 5,000-meter run
P.J. Brown pole vault
Fernando Cabada 5,000-meter run
Danny De La Rosa 800-meter run
Alan Dunleavy 5,000-meter run
Kenny Evans high jump
Orlando Green 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash
Chad Grundy 800-meter run
Dirk Heinze mile run
Eddie Jackson 60-meter dash, 200-meter hurdles, 60-meter hurdles
Derrick Johnson 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash
Blake Jorgenson pole vault
Sharif Karie mile run
Evan Kirkconnell pole vault
Josh Landreth 800-meter run
Sean Lightfoot 800-meter run
Daniel Lincoln 3,000-meter run
Murray Link 5,000 meter run
Chris Mulvaney 800-meter run, mile run
Chandun O’Neal 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash
Maurice Robinson triple jump
Richard Smith long jump
Coy Square 800-meter run
Ryan Travis 3,000-meter run
Michael Thomas 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles
Jason Ward triple jump
Ramon Washington long jump
Phil Yoder 5,000-meter run
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