Razorbacks Travel to Atlanta to Gain More Qual
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas picked up four additional automatic qualifiers as they finished second at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Starkville, Miss., on May 9-12. The Razorbacks now have a total of eight NCAA automatic and 14 provisional qualifiers. They hope to gain more as several track athletes travel to the Reebok Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., on May 17-18.
“I’d like all of them to qualify,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “We really need them for nationals and they all have a good chance. We were able to pick up some more this last weekend, but I’d like to see a few more qualify.”
Freshmen James Hatch and Michael Taylor will compete in the 1,500-meter run. At the SEC Outdoor Championships Hatch finished fifth, while Taylor finished eighth.
Freshman Said Ahmed will run in the 800 meters. During the indoor season Ahmed finished third at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the event.
In the long jump the Hogs will look to sophomore Ramon Washington to qualify. Washington has been injured most of the season, but in his first competition of the season he finished fifth at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a leap of 24-6.50.
Junior Eddie Jackson and sophomore Michael Thomas are already automatic qualifiers in the 110-meter hurdles, but are looking to improve their times. Jackson finished fourth with a time of 13.72 and Thomas finished third with a time of 13.69 at the SEC Outdoor Championships.
After the Razorbacks return from Atlanta, Ga., they will head to Baton Rouge, La., for the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 29-June 1.
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