FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 3 Arkansas men’s track and field team put together a tremendous final indoor home finale on Friday evening in Fayetteville as several Razorbacks notched improved performances in their respective events at the Arkansas Qualifier.
Arkansas entered the meet with the goal of moving athletes up the NCAA indoor rankings and capped the night successfully as multiple student-athletes did so. Among those to rise in the rankings was All-American sprinter Kenzo Cotton who finished third in the 200-meter dash in a season’s best of 20.67 seconds. Cotton’s performance moved him 10 spots from 16th-best in the NCAA up to No. 6. Pushing Cotton to that strong performance was former Hog, Omar McLeod who set the Jamaican national record with a personal best of 20.48, dethroning another former Hog Omar Brown.
“Kenzo Cotton had a great night,” assistant coach Doug Case said. “He’s now sixth in the NCAA and he kind of had a little trip coming down the hill at the end of that 200 so I think he’s got more in the tank which is good.”
Austen Dalquist was Arkansas’ top finisher in mile, running a season’s best of 4:03.52 which ranks him among the fastest seven in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas senior Aidan Swain capped his final indoor home meet as a Razorback with a PR of 4:06.51 in the mile, placing fourth overall. Fellow senior Noah Findlay posted a top-five finish in the 800 off a time of 1:53.83.
In the field events another record was broken as Erich Sullins threw to a new weight-throw program record of 19.49m/63-11 1/2. The toss eclipsed his previous best by almost two inches and earned him a second-place finish in the event.
The Razorback jumpers also had a tremendous night with personal-best performances picked up by Ken LeGassey in the high jump (2.22m/7-3 1/4), Harrison Schrage in the long jump (7.63m/25-0 1/2) and Travonn White in the long jump (7.86m/25-9 1/2). LeGassey and White both moved inside the NCAA top-10 of their events, ranking third in the high jump and fifth in the long jump, respectively.
“It was an awesome day, those guys [LeGassey, Schrage, White] all competed great,” assistant coach Travis Geopfert said. “We were using this opportunity to climb the national list and really solidify their spot in the NCAA meet, especially for Travonn and Kenny and they did it. Kenny had some really good looks at 7-5 and I think that was a real confidence booster for him to really look at the bar and know that he could do it. Erich Sullins also did an unbelievable job and I know he’s excited for continued improvement in all of his events.”
Arkansas’ distance medley relay team of Ethan Moehn, Jamarco Stephen, Carlton Orange and Jack Bruce will be in action tomorrow around 1 p.m. CT at the UCS Invitational in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
February 17, 2017
Randal Tyson Track Center (Fayetteville, Ark.)
2. Kenzo Cotton – 6.70
6. Josh Washington – 6.88
3. Kenzo Cotton – 20.67
5. Kevin Harris – 21.21
1. John Winn – 47.99
3. Rhayko Schwartz – 48.25
5. Travius Chambers – 48.68
5. Noah Findlay – 1:53.83
2. Austen Dalquist – 4:03.52
4. Aidan Swain – 4:06.51
7. Chris Mooneyham – 4:10.88
8. Graham Brown – 4:12.35
60 Meter Hurdles
1. Larry Donald – 7.87
2. Kemar Mowatt – 7.94
1. Mowatt/Winn/Schwartz/Chambers – 3:10.78
1. Ken LeGassey – 2.22m/7-3 1/4
2. Brendon Rivera – 2.10m/6-10 3/4
11. Brad Culp – 4.76m/15-7 1/4
12. Lane Austell – 4.61m/15-1 1/2
13. Derek Jacobus – 4.46m/14-7 1/2
14. Gabe Moore – 4.46m/14-7 1/2
1. Travonn White – 7.86m/25-9 1/2
2. Harrison Schrage – 7.63m/25-0 1/2
4. Brandon Workman – 7.23m/23-8 3/4
2. Jeff Rogers – 16.86m/55-3 3/4
3. Sam Kempka – 15.73m/51-7 1/4
6. Lane Austell – 12.99m/42-7 1/2
2. Erich Sullins – 19.49m/63-11 1/2
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