Smith Wins Long Jump at Pomona-Pitzer Invitati
BY ANDRES FOCIL
Claremont, Calif. – Arkansas’ first day in California proved to be successful as junior Richard Smith claimed the long jump title with a mark of 24-10.00 at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in Claremont, Calif. Last week Smith won the triple jump at the McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
“It was an average day for me,” Richard Smith said. “We didn’t have a lot of breaks between jumpers, so I think I could have done better. I want to get a PR (personal best) in the triple jump tonight at the Mt. SAC Relays; that’s my goal.”
Sophomore Maurice Robinson also competed in the long jump. In Robinson’s first jump of the season since resting a pulled hamstring he finished third with a mark of 23-7.50, while junior Tom Crowder finished ninth (21-8.57).
“I was happy Richard Smith won the long jump,” Arkansas field events coach Dick Booth said. “He had a good performance, especially since it was cool this morning. I’m glad that Maurice Robinson made it through without any problems. Tom Crowder did well in his first time of having multi-events and Matt Rosebery had a breakthrough performance this afternoon in the high jump. Overall, I was pleased with today.”
Freshman Matt Rosebery tied for fourth place in the high jump and also tied his career-best clearance of 6-8.75 from the indoor season.
In the 100-meter dash junior Tom Crowder finished fifth in his heat with a time of 11.40. In the 110-meter hurdles sophomore Michael Thomas finished second in his heat and second overall with a time of 13.91. Junior Eddie Jackson did not finish the race because he fell after the first hurdle.
In the 1,500-meter run junior Chad Grundy finished 11th with a season-best time of 3:53.62. Senior Andrew Beasley ran a season-best time of 1:52.22 in the 800 meters. He finished sixth in his heat and 11th overall in a very physical race.
Arkansas hopes to do well in the 5,000-meter run that will take place late tonight at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Sophomores Westley Alkin and Alistair Cragg, juniors Silverus Kimeli and Patrick Thomas will all compete in the event. Freshman Luis Bordes is running unattached. Events at the Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday will begin at 3:30 p.m. with freshman Jonathan Reeves in the discus throw.
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