AUSTIN, Texas – In the late race of the Texas Relays Friday night, Arkansas’ 1600m sprint medley relay team shocked the stadium by running the fastest time in the world this year.
The team of Chandun O’Neal, Melvin Lister, Samuel Glover and James Karanu set the record in a time of 3:12.13. Arkansas’ relay time set the collegiate record in the event. The time also broke the Myers Stadium record set by the Razorbacks in 1999 in a time of 3:17.34 as well as set the meet record that was set in 1995 by Abilene Christian at 3:12.30.
Also in the late races of Friday evening, Ryan Joseph placed third in the 3000m steeplechase in a time of 9:18.43. While Murray Link, Ryan Stanley, Sharif Karie and Ryan Travis placed second in the distance medley relay running a 9:50.18.
The successes of Friday evening continued into Saturday as the Razorbacks won the 4×1,500m relay easily in 15:35.83. Adam Dailey, Travis, Karie and Karanu successfully defended their 1999 relay title.
“The wind was very strong today, so it was impossible to challenge our record the we set last year,” Karanu said. “I ran the first leg last year and was hoping that we could do better today but the wind prevented it.”
In the 4x400m relay, Arkansas placed fifth running a 40.41.
In the triple jump, All-Americans Melvin Lister and Jason Ward placed second and fourth respectively. With winds gusting in the 20 mile per hour range, Lister jumped 53-7.75 in his second place finish. Ward leaped 53-0.25 a season best for the freshman. Both marks for the jumpers qualify them both for the national track meet.
Junior All-American Kenny Evans tied a season’s best in the high jump with a leap of 7-5.75. Also in the field events, senior Marcus Clavelle set a season’s best mark in the shot put with a throw of 60-4.5, which gave him a fourth place finish.
On second day of competition, Friday, the Razorbacks competed in 10 events
“We are having guys do different things here,” head coach John McDonnell said. “Like in the 3200m relay, we ran three freshman on it. We didn’t try to win it. We thought that we might have a shot, but when you put three freshmen on it is tough. We are doing things like that. We are giving guys a chance. We are in a bit if a phase here and we are planning to for later in the year.”
Seniors John Cross and Clavelle set personal records in the shot put and discus respectively in the finals of both events. Cross threw 55-3 in is second-place victory, while Clavelle placed seventh in the discus with a throw of 183-5.
Freshman Ramon Washington leaped a season’s best 24-6.5. The mark is six inches longer than his first place finish last week the SEC Quadrangle in South Carolina.
Senior All-American Lister placed fourth in the long jump leaping 26-0. With the wind gust in the 20-mile per hour, Lister has qualified for the 2000 Outdoor Championships.
Freshman Daniel Lincoln ran his fastest 1500m of his career in the evening session of the Texas Relays. He ran the race in a time of 3:51.81. Senior All-American Dailey place fifth in the 1500m in a time of 3:54.14.
Arkansas competed in two events on the first day of the Texas Relays. With winds gusting to 25 miles per hour, Glover won his heat in a time of 52.28. Brown placed second in his heat running a 52.18.
“It was really windy,” head coach John McDonnell said. “It took a lot out of the guys in the first 200m, but some still did well.”
The Hogs’ 4x800m relay team of Chad Grundy, Ryan Stanley, Joe Vaughn and Josh Landreth placed third in a time of 7:31.71.
The Hogs will travel to Walnut, Calif. April 15 for the Mt. Sac Relays.