Six Hogs Provisionally Qualify at the John McD
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In its only home meet of the season on Saturday, the University of Arkansas track and field squad provisionally qualified six athletes at the John McDonnell Invitational at John McDonnell Field.
The Hogs needed to qualify more athletes for the NCAA Championships after only Kenny Evans and Lavar Miller had met the qualifying standard in the Hogs two previous meets. Evans automatically qualified at the Texas Relays last week and Lavar Miller met the provisionally qualifying standard at the SEC Quad in the first meet for the Hogs.
Evans took the high jump title but did not improve on his automatic qualifying mark from the week before.
After turning in the second fastest time in the preliminary heat of 13.94, sophomore Eddie Jackson turned in a 13.78 in the 110-meter high hurdles final to provisionally qualify but finished behind former Razorback Chris Phillips. Senior Sean Lightfoot took third place in 14.04.
Junior Dirk Heinze nabbed the 800-meter title and provisionally qualified with a time of 1:48.31.
In the 1,500-meter run, two more Hogs met the provisionally qualifying standard when junior Ryan Travis finished in second place in 3:42.15 and sophomore Daniel Lincoln finished third in 3:43.66. This was the first meet of the season where Travis and Lincoln competed in individual races this outdoor season. Junior Chad Grundy finished eighth in 3:54.37.
Also running in his first individual race of the season was senior Sharif Karie who won the 3,000-meters and provisionally qualifying in 14:04.57. Senior Murray Link took second place in 14:21.46 and freshman Fernando Cabada finished eighth in 15:23.30.
Sophomore Richard Smith jumped 25-5.00 in the long jump to add another Hog to the list of provisional qualifiers.
Junior discus thrower Lloyd Meeks finished second with at toss of 161-0.00 behind another former Razorback Marcus Clavelle, who was competing unattached, who won with a toss of 189-0.00.
The Hogs also went two, three, four in the 3,000-meter run. Senior Andrew Begley finished second in 8:26.72, Phil Yoder finished second in 8:27.80 and Alan Dunleavy finished third in 8:32.26.
Three Hogs advanced to the finals of the 100-meter dash. Junior Chandun O’Neal finished in second-place in 10.46, senior Sam Glover finished in fifth in 10.54 and freshman Maurice Robinson finished in seventh-place in 10.71.
In other sprint action, Glover also took the first-place finish in the 200-meter dash in 20.95 with O’Neal finishing in fourth-place in 21.26. Sophomore Kevin Baker finished in third-place in the 400-meter dash in 47.20.
The 4×100-meter relay team made-up of freshman Michael Thomas, junior Chandun O’Neal, freshman Maurice Robinson and sophomore Kevin Baker finished in 40.32 while the 4×400-meter relay team made-up of Glover, Baker, senior Andrew Beasley and freshman Chase Atwood finished third in 3:18.07.
Freshman P.J. Brown took fourth place in the pole vault clearing 15-11.00. Triple jumpers Lavar Miller and Maurice Robinson finished in third and fourth with jumps of 50-4.00 and 48-11.00, respectively.
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