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Razorbacks stay atop national dual rankings

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks stay atop national dual rankings

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas men’s track and field team remain the top-ranked team in the nation with Wednesday’s release of the Collegiate Dual Meet Rankings. The Razorbacks also maintain their spot as the No. 2 team in this week’s USTFCCCA national poll. Individually, Arkansas own four top-10 event performances through the first three weeks of the outdoor season.

Between the team’s indoor and outdoor schedules, the Razorbacks carry a 2-1 dual-meet record this season. To be eligible for listing, a team must compete in at least one dual meet which, defined by Track & Field News, is a scored competition of four or fewer teams. In addition to a scored meet this weekend in Fayetteville, the Razorbacks will travel to Eugene, Ore., for an April 19-20 head-to-head competition with Oregon at Hayward Field.

In this week’s release of the USTFCCCA Top 25, Arkansas continues its stay as the No. 2 team in the country. The top 15 teams remain unchanged from last week’s poll. The Razorbacks are one of eight teams from the Southeastern Conference in the computer rankings, seven of which are within the top 13. Based on the rankings, this weekend’s John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville will feature four ranked teams with Arkansas, top-ranked Texas A&M, No. 15 Oklahoma and No. 22 Minnesota.

With his performance March 29 at the Stanford Invitational, junior Kemoy Campbell still has the fastest time in the country at 5,000 meters. He won the prestigious distance event in 13:32.82, exactly two seconds ahead of the second-fastest time. Arkansas also has top-10 national marks from Solomon Haile at 10,000 meters (28:56.92), Caleb Cross in the 400-meter hurdles (51.08) and Andrew Irwin in the pole vault (5.65m/18-6.5).

“We’ll be able to move some of our guys around in different event this weekend” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “Our end game is the SEC and NCAA Championship meets but all of our guys are extremely competitive. For example, if I take Kemoy Campbell, who is leading the country at 5,000 meters, and put him in the 800 this weekend, you’re going to see a good 800. We feel like we should be able to move our guys around and still win the meet.”

An updated edition of the men’s Bowerman Watch List was also released Wednesday with Arkansas junior Kevin Lazas still listed. He was also part of the last month’s release following his heptathlon win at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Lazas is one of four SEC athletes on the 10-man list. The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation.

The Razorbacks return to their home track Saturday for the John McDonnell Invitational. Field events are slated for a 9 a.m. (CT) start with running events beginning at 5 p.m. General admission for Razorback home meets during the regular season are $5 and will be sold at the northwest entrance at John McDonnell Field. Fans 17 years and younger are admitted free and University of Arkansas students get in free with their valid student ID.

For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.

Collegiate Dual Meet Rankings (top 10)
1. ARKANSAS2. Oregon3. Texas A&M4. Arizona State5. Florida 6. Nebraska7. UCLA8. Ohio State9. California10. Washington State
USTFCCCA Team Rankings (top 10)1. Texas A&M
2. ARKANSAS3. Florida4. Oregon5. Texas6. Florida State7. Auburn8. Southern California9. Wisconsin10. LSU



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