EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 4 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team extended their team total to 11 points, following a fourth-place finish by Patrick Rono in the 800-meter on day three of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In his first-ever NCAA Championship finals appearance, Rono was part of the four-man cluster at the finish line, notching a fourth-place spot at 1:46.46, a new personal best for the junior. Only two-tenths of a second separated the top-four finishes. “It was a great experience,” said Rono. “I didn’t necessarily accomplish my goal but I set a PR and got All-American in my first-ever outdoor finals. I gained a lot of experience and had great day overall, I’m happy about my performance.” His previous PR was a 1:46.49 performance at the 2013 West Preliminary. He still owns the No. 7 all-time best time in school history. “I’m extremely proud of Rono to run cross country and come back out here during outdoor season and nail a PR, just two-tenths of a second away from a national title,” said Head Coach Chris Bucknam. “To accomplish what he did on the final race of the year, I couldn’t be more proud of him.” Freshman high jumper Ken LeGassey just missed the 7-0.5 mark and ended the day at 6-10.75 in his first NCAA Championship experience, finishing in the top 15. The Razorbacks will have four more scoring chances on the final day of competition with the 4×400 relay, steeplechase and two triple jumpers. “We need to get as many points as we can tomorrow,” said Bucknam. “We’ve got a number of great athletes competing tomorrow with Kebenei in the steeplechase, two All-Americans in triple jump and a strong 4×4. Our goal is to compete to the very end to the best of our ability and secure as high of a finish as we can. I feel good about the athletes we have competing and hope that we can put some good points on the board on the final day.” The final day of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships will kick off Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (CT) with Raymond Higgs and Anthony May in long jump. For more information on Razorback Track and Field, follow @RazorbackMTrack on Twitter.
Live Results Live Broadcast Friday Results (Day Two) 800-Meter 4. Patrick Rono – 1:46.46 5,000-Meter 16. Stanley Kebenei – 14:03.02 High Jump 15. Ken LeGassey – 6-10.75 21. Noah Kittelson – 6-8.75
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