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Razorbacks Win DMR and 4×1,500-Meter Relay Tit

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks Win DMR and 4×1,500-Meter Relay Tit



Austin, Texas – The Razorbacks outpaced the competition in the distance medley relay late Friday night and did the same in the 4×1,500-meter relay on Saturday to capture both titles at the Texas Relays. Arkansas anticipated a good DMR run and got just what they wanted.
“Any time you win you have to be pleased,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “We could have run faster, but the competition just wasn’t there. Our guys like competition, but the main thing is we came here to win and we won. We had three good victories in the relays we wanted to win. It was a good meet for us. We really haven’t done any track work, so to come down here and win without any speed work-we’re exactly where we want to be.”
Freshman James Hatch ran the first leg of the DMR in a time of 3:00.90 and handed off to sophomore Lawrence Richardson. Richardson powered around the track in a time of 48.6. He then handed off to freshman Said Ahmed. Ahmed had a great third leg of the race with a time of 1:49.90. Sophomore Alistair Cragg took the baton for the anchor leg. He pulled the Hogs into a clear lead with a time of 4:00.04. The DMR team finished with a time of 9:39.67.
“We didn’t want come here just to make our time,” Cragg said. “We came here to bring home the trophy. Said (Ahmed, third leg) made it a lot easier on me and the team with his leg. I knew a lot of kick was left in me close to the end. I love the Texas Relays. Coming from South Africa, we have nothing like this.”
The Razorbacks did not disappoint as favorites in the 4×1,500-meter relay when they finished with a first-place time of 15:29.38. All exchanges went well as freshman Jason Sandfort led the first leg of the relay team with a time of 3:51.80 to handoff to junior Daniel Lincoln. Lincoln pulled away from the rest of the runners as he finished with a time of 3:45.60 and passed the baton to junior Silverus Kimeli. Kimeli extended the lead with 3:56.00. Cragg took the Hogs to the finish line in the anchor leg with 3:55.00.
In the last two events of the day freshman Michael Taylor finished sixth in the mile with a time of 4:08.72 and freshman Jonathan Reeves posted a new season-best mark in the shot put as he finished fourth with a throw of 57-2.00.
After the Razorbacks return from Austin, Texas they will host the McDonnell Invitational on April 13 before traveling to Walnut, Calif. for the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19-21.




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