Razorbacks Set to Host McDonnell Invitational
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After capturing the 4×1,500-meter, sprint medley and 4×800-meter relay titles at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas on April 4-6, Arkansas will host the second annual John McDonnell Invitational on April 13 at McDonnell Field.
“This weekend I hope it all to comes together and the weather is good,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “We need to have a good solid performance from top to bottom–with sprinters, hurdlers, middle distance guys and jumpers. It’s time for them to show up and I think this is going to be the weekend. We’re trying to qualify some people in the 1,500 meters like Said Ahmed and Chris Mulvaney. Daniel Lincoln also wants to qualify in the steeplechase this weekend.”
Freshman Said Ahmed, sophomores Westley Alkin, Alistair Cragg and Chris Mulvaney and junior Silverus Kimeli will all compete in the 1,500-meter run. Alkin placed second in the 1,500 meters at the Texas Relays with a time of 3:51.66.
Arkansas will be well represented in the 800-meter run with seven Razorbacks competing. Senior Andrew Beasley, junior Chad Grundy, sophomores Kyle Cleveland, Robbie Stevens and William Porr and freshmen James Hatch and Michael Taylor will all run in the event. Freshman Jason Sandfort and junior Patrick Thomas will both run in the 3,000 meters, while junior Daniel Lincoln will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the first time this season.
Junior Eddie Jackson and sophomore Michael Thomas will both compete in the 110-meter hurdles and the 200-meter run. Freshman Ahmad Carroll is also running in the 200 meters, but will compete in the 100-meter dash with sophomore Tom Crowder. This will be Crowder’s first outdoor meet of the season. Senior Sam Glover and sophomore Josh Landreth will represent the Razorbacks in the 400-meter hurdles, while sophomore Lawrence Richardson is Arkansas’ only competitor in the 400-meter run.
Arkansas will have an opportunity to showcase their relay teams at the meet as well. The Hogs have teams competing in the 4×100 and 4×400-meter relays.
Eight Razorback athletes are set to compete in six different field events. Sophomore P.J. Brown and junior Josh Roberts will both compete in the pole vault. Freshman Jonathan Reeves is representing Arkansas in the shot put and the discus throw. Reeves finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 57-2.00 and 11th in the discus with 159-9.00 at the Texas Relays.
Freshmen Cory Oldham and Matt Rosebery will see competition in the high jump. Sophomore Maurice Robinson and junior Richard Smith will both compete in the triple jump, while sophomore Ramon Washington will represent Arkansas in the long jump.
Field events are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. with the javelin and running events at 2:00 p.m. with the 3,000-meter run. Schools slated to compete are Oklahoma State’s men team, Kansas, Tulsa, Northern Iowa, Oral Roberts University, Southern Illinois, Missouri Southern, University of Louisiana at Monroe and Harding University. After the McDonnell Invitational the Razorbacks will travel to Walnut, Calif. to compete in the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19-21.
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