Seven Razorbacks Head to 2000 Sydney Olympics
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Seven former or current standouts from the University of Arkansas track and field squads will represent their home countries in the 2000 Sydney Olympics Sept. 13 through Oct. 1. Razorback assistant coach Dick Booth is also traveling to Sydney as a jump events coach for the Unites States Track and Field team. The Razorbacks have three representatives on the Unites States team, and four others representing other nations.
The Hogs representing the United States are high jumper Kenny Evans, triple jumper Robert Howard and long jumper Melvin Lister. Other jumpers from UA are France’s Jerome Romain and Bermuda’s Brian Wellman. Michael Power will represent Australia in the 5,000 meters, and Sean Kaley will represent Canada in the 10,000 meters.
Evans, a six-time All-American, is a two-time indoor national champion and two-time indoor conference champion in the high jump who will complete his eligibility for the Razorbacks as a member of the 2001 squad.
Lister, who just finished his eligibility for the Hogs in 2000, was an eight time All-American. During his UA career, Lister claimed two national championships in the outdoor long jump, two in the indoor triple jump and one in the indoor long jump.
Howard, making his second trip to the Olympics as a triple jumper, was an 11-time All American, a four time long jump national champion – two indoor and two outdoor – and six time triple jump national champion – three indoor and three outdoor – during his career with the Razorbacks. Howard finished eighth in the triple jump at the 1996 Olympic Games.
Romain, a five-time All-American for the Hogs, is competing in his second Olympics. During the Atlanta Games an injury prevented him from competing in the finals. As a five-time All-American at Arkansas, Romain never won a national title but finished second in the outdoor triple jump three times.
Wellman, making his fourth trip to the Olympics as a triple jumper, was a three time All-American and won back-to-back outdoor triple jump championships in 1991 and 1992.
Powers, who also finished his eligibility during the 1999-2000 season, was a nine time All-American and a four-time Southeastern Conference champion twice in cross country and once in the indoor 3,000 meters and the outdoor 5,000 meters.
Kaley was a nine-time All-American and was a three-time conference indoor champion in the 5,000 meters and a two-time conference outdoor champion in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.
The track and field portion of the Olympics will be held Sept. 22-Oct. 1.
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