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Razorbacks Open Indoor Season at Home with Ark

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks Open Indoor Season at Home with Ark


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 1 ranked Razorbacks will open the 2005 indoor track and field season on Friday, Jan. 14, when they host the Arkansas Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Five teams, including Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Texas A&M will have athletes competing at the meet. The field events will start at noon and the running events will begin at 3 p.m. Finals of men’s events are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
“This meet will be a good opportunity to see where we are after break and see what kind of shape the guys are in,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “I hate for them to be idle for as long as they were over the break, so I’ll be interested to see how they do.
“It’s not a huge meet, but we have good teams coming in,” McDonnell said. “Those teams will give us a good knowledge of how good we’re going to be.”
UA will field most of its team on Friday night and the Hogs are looking forward to kicking off their indoor campaign as they go for NCAA qualifying times and marks. Sophomore NCAA 200-meter champion Wallace Spearmon Jr., will have his try at the 400 meters and will also take a leg of the 4×400-meter relay.
Junior 100-meter national champion Tyson Gay will join Spearmon on the relay as well as senior All-American Terry Gatson. Gatson will also compete in the 400. Senior Omar Brown is listed as the final member of the 4×400-meter relay. Sophomore All-American Creighton Kiper will be the only Razorback lining up in the 60 and 200-meter dashes.
The 3,000 meters is an event that will field six Hog runners, including seniors Eric Gross and All-American Jason Sandfort, juniors Matt Gunn, Marc Rodrigues, Josh Robles and freshman Shawn Forrest.
Several UA athletes will also fill the mile run and have their try at NCAA qualifying times. Junior Jose Campos and Harun Iman and sophomores Abdi Dubed, Peter Kosgei and Adam Perkins will line up in the event. Senior All-American James Hatch, junior David Wittenmyer and sophomore transfer Brian Roe will each get ready for the 800 meters.
The field events have welcomed a couple new faces in freshman Chessly Johnson and Brent Rosson. Johnson will see competition in the triple jump with senior All-American Jaanus Uudmae, while Rosson will compete in the high jump with senior Cory Oldham.
Junior Jimmy Duke normally pole vaults for Arkansas, but on Friday he is entered in the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, shot put, long jump and high jump in order to prepare for the heptathlon.
After the Arkansas Invitational the Hogs will enjoy hosting another home meet at the Randal Tyson Track Center with the Razorback Invitational set for Jan. 21-22.

Complete Schedule of Events:

12 p.m.
M-Shot Put Final
1:00
W-High Jump Final
1:30
W-Shot Put Final
3:00
W-Weight Throw Final
3:00
W-3,000 meters (unseeded) Final
3:20
M-3,000 meters (unseeded) Final
3:40
W-60 meters Prelim
4:00
W-Pole Vault Final
4:10
M-60 meters Prelim
4:30
M-Weight Throw Final
4:30
W-60-meter hurdles Prelim
4:50
M-60-meter hurdles Prelim
5:00
W-Long Jump Final
5:10
W-DMR Final
5:25
M-DMR Final
5:40
W-400 meters Final
6:00
M-400 meters Final
6:00
M-Long Jump Final
6:20
W-60 meters Final
6:25
M-60 meters Final
6:30
W-800 meters Final
6:40
M-800 meters Final
7:00
M-Pole Vault Final
7:00
W-Triple Jump Final
7:00
M-Triple Jump Final
7:00
W-60-meter hurdles Final
7:05
M-60-meter hurdles Final
7:20
W-Mile Run Final
7:35
M-Mile Run Final
7:50
W-200 meters Final
8:00
M-High Jump Final
8:10
M-200 meters Final
8:20
W-3,000 meters Final
8:35
M-3,000 meters Final
8:50
W-4×400-meter relay Final
9:00
M-4×400-meter relay Final






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