Razorbacks Sign Trio of Sprinters from Barton
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorback track and field team was able to sign three sprinters from Barton County Community College during its early signing period. Maurice Bridges of Muskogee, Okla., Omar Brown of Trelawney, Jamaica and Tyson Gay of Lexington, Ky., all signed national letters of intent to attend Arkansas.
“We’re very excited to get these guys,” Arkansas sprints and hurdles coach Lance Brauman said. “They’re very talented athletes and sought after recruits. Just about every school was after them and they are definitely going to be able to help us.”
Bridges, who will join the squad in January of 2003, is a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) indoor national champion in the 400-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 51.28. He also runs the 400 meters in a time of 47.21.
Both Brown and Gay will come to Arkansas in August of 2003 and give the sprints and hurdle events at UA an immediate boost.
Brown was a member of the 2000 Jamaica Olympic team. Additionally, he was a multiple Jamaican national high school champion in both the 100 and 200-meter dash. Brown has registered career-best times of 10.24 in the 100 meters and 20.47 in the 200 meters.
Gay was also a NJCAA indoor national champion in the 60-meter and 200-meter dash. He set national meet records in both of those events. He has career-best times of 6.65 in the 60 meters and 21.04 in the 200 meters.
In the outdoor season Gay continued to excel as he captured another NJCAA national title in the 100-meter dash. He has career-best times of 10.08 in the 100-meter dash and 20.21 in the 200-meter dash. At the USA Track and Field Championships Gay finished sixth in the 100-meter dash and was the only collegiate athlete to make the finals.
The Hogs will open the indoor season on January 18, at the Sooner Invitational in Norman, Okla., with their first home meet, the SEC West Challenge, on January 25, at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
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