Razorbacks Sweep Top Three Spots in Long Jump;
BY ANDRES FOCIL
JOPLIN, Mo. – At the Missouri Southern Invitational in Joplin, Mo., the Arkansas jumpers shined as they swept the top three spots in the long jump and added to their list of NCAA qualifiers. “They were ready to jump well,” Arkansas field events coach Dick Booth said. “I was really happy for Jaanus and Richard, because they had personal bests. That’s what it’s all about-making your best better. If they keep getting better, they can beat the people they need to beat. Now we can go from here and keep jumping hard.” “I saw good things out of this meet,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “The jumpers were excellent. Said and Westley also looked really good in their races.”Senior Richard Smith finished first in the long jump and improved his previous provisional qualifying jump of 25-2 to a career-best mark of 25-8, just 1.25 away from a NCAA automatic qualification. Senior Ramon Washington came in second with another career-best and provisional qualifying leap of 25-6.75. Junior Jaanus Uudmae also earned a career-best jump as he took the third spot with an even 25-0 to give him self a provisional qualification. Junior Maurice Robinson jumped 21-0.75 for 12th.In other field events action sophomore Jonathan Reeves came in second in the shot put with a throw of 52-10, while junior Tom Crowder was eighth (37-6.75).Sophomore Cory Oldham won his first collegiate meet in the high jump with a mark of 6-6.25 and Crowder tied for fifth with a height of 6-1.5.In the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles junior Michael Thomas and senior Eddie Jackson were the only Razorbacks to qualify for the finals with times of 8.04 and 8.16, respectively. In the finals Thomas crossed the line in second with a provisionally qualifying time of 7.86, while Jackson was unable to finish the race.Junior Westley Alkin took the tape in the mile run with a career-best time of 4:10.85. Sophomore Jason Sandfort was third (4:13.37) and senior Chad Grundy was fourth with a career-best time of 4:17.09.Sophomore Said Ahmed captured first place in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.01. Sophomores Michael Taylor and Phillip Aagaard were fourth (1:55.01) and fifth (1:55.80), respectively.Junior Maurice Bridges represented the Hogs in the 400-meter dash and posted a time of 49.74 for third place. Sophomore Chason Pompey also finished third (22.79) in the 200-meter dash.In the 600-yard run junior Robbie Stevens finished second (1:11.09), senior Josh Landreth came in fourth (1:13.29) and freshman David Wittenmyer was fifth (1:13.59).In the 3,000-meter run freshman Luis Bordes finished third with a time of 8:41.00 and senior Patrick Thomas came in right behind in fourth place (8:44.00).On Friday, January 24, three Arkansas pole vaulters competed. Junior P.J. Brown posted a height of 16-0.75 to finish second. Senior Josh Roberts came in ninth with a vault of 15-5 and sophomore Jimmy Dukes tied for 10th (14-11).Coach McDonnell and his squad will have a week to rest before they travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the Husker Invitational on February 7-8.
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