Razorbacks Ready to Make Trip To California fo
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – This weekend the third-ranked Arkansas track and field team will get the chance to compete in two meets and gain more regional qualifiers as it travels to California for the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational and the Mt. SAC Relays. Events for the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in Claremont, Calif., will take place on Friday, April 18, while events for the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., are on April 17-19.
“We’re still chasing times to qualify for regionals, so it’s important that we perform well,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “Daniel will be running in the steeplechase for the first time this year and Alistair will be running in the 5,000. We also have a lot of guys in the 800 and 1,500-meter runs, so it should be a good meet.”
On Thursday night Arkansas’ distance runners will take to the track at the Mt. SAC Relays. Junior Westley Alkin is UA’s lone representative in the 10,000 meters. Junior Alistair Cragg and freshman Luis Bordes are running in the 5,000 meters. Defending NCAA champion and senior Daniel Lincoln is competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
A total of 14 Razorbacks are entered into the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational. Field and sprinting events are going to be highlighted at the day long meet. Senior Eddie Jackson, juniors Michael Thomas and Tom Crowder and freshman Brad Dittoe are all competing in the 110-meter hurdles.
Jackson and Thomas will also run in the 4×100-meter relay with senior Richard Smith and sophomore Ahmad Carroll. Carroll is also set to run in the 200-meter dash, while Crowder will turn his attention to the javelin throw and the pole vault.
Joining Crowder in the pole vault are senior Josh Roberts and sophomore Jimmy Duke. In other field events action freshman Tony Ugoh is throwing the discus and sophomore Cory Oldham is competing in the high jump.
Juniors Maurice Bridges and Robbie Stevens are running in the 400 meters and freshman David Wittenmyer is in the 800-meter race.
Friday night at the Mt. SAC Relays only middle distances will be run. Sophomores Said Ahmed and Michael Taylor are running the 800 meters, while senior Chad Grundy and junior Silverus Kimeli are in the 1,500-meter run.
Saturday will be a full day for the Razorback squad with 11 events being contested that day. The same 4×100-meter relay team of Carroll, Jackson, Smith and Thomas will run at Mt. SAC. Carroll will also run in the 100-meter dash, while Jackson and Thomas are taking to the straight-aways again for the 110-meter hurdles.
Arkansas is also sending a 4×400-meter relay team to the meet. It includes Bridges, juniors Josh Landreth and Stevens and sophomore James Hatch. Bridges and Landreth are also competing in the 400-meter hurdles, with Dittoe and Wittenmyer. Hatch and Stevens will run in the 800 meters.
Four Hogs will try to gain or improve their regional qualifying times in the 1,500-meter run. They include senior Chad Grundy, junior Chris Mulvaney, Kimeli and Ahmed. Sophomore Michael Taylor is running in the popular mile race.
The field events will wrap up the weekend with Smith and sophomore Jaanus Uudame in the triple jump and junior Ramon Washington competing in the long jump. Freshman Eric Brown will throw the javelin.
Next week the Hogs will travel Philadelphia, Penn., for the 109th Penn Relays on April 25-26.
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