Sandfort Earns Regional Time in 5,000
BY ANDRES FOCIL
WALNUT, Calif. – Second-ranked Arkansas sent its first two athletes to the line at the Mt. SAC Relays when the 5,000-meter race took place late Friday night. Junior Jason Sandfort crossed the line in third and in the process easily surpassed the NCAA regional qualifying time of 14:18.58 with a time of 13:49.47.
“He did real well and did most of the pacing during the race,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “I’m real happy for him. He’s had two good races so far this season.”
Sandfort led the 47-man field for a majority of the race until the last 200 meters where he was out-kicked by the eventual winner (13:44.52), Matt Gonzales of New Mexico. At last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships Gonzales was third in the 10,000 meters behind Arkansas standouts Daniel Lincoln and Alistair Cragg’s memorable one-two finish.
Stanford’s Ryan Hall garnered runner-up honors with a time of 13:45.00. Freshman Josh Harper was also in the 5K race and finished 42nd (14:39.02).
The 10,000 meters also occurred late Friday night as sophomore Luis Bordes and Matt Gunn represented the Razorbacks. Gunn finished 27th with a time of 30:13.24 and Bordes was next in 28th with a career-best time of 30:43.48. He previous best of 31:03.57 was at last year’s Southeastern Conference Championships.
The 1,500-meter run is scheduled for late Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. CT, with six Razorbacks taking to the track in hopes of posting important regional qualifying times.
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