FAYETTEVILLE – Sophomore Terry Prentice and freshman Matt Kirbos put themselves in great positions in the heptathlon for No. 6 Arkansas Razorback men’s track and field on day one of the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
"We had a really solid day," assistant coach Travis Geopfert said. "Terry has exceeded my expectations and I’m really proud of him and Matt. Matt is in a great spot to score points for us and he has a good second day. Terry had a great start in the 60 meters, an event that’s a challenge for him. He really competed well in the long jump. He had a PR on his final attempt and you can’t ask for more than that."
Prentice is in second place after day one of the seven-event heptathlon with 3,061 points. This weekend’s multi-event marks Prentice’s second SEC Championship meet and his third collegiate heptathlon.
He opened the day with a fourth-place finish, a personal-best time of 7.22 and 806 points in the 60 meters. He won the long jump with a personal-best leap of 23-11 and 883 points. He was sixth in the shot put with a toss of 38-9.75, good for 596 points. He ended the day with a sixth-place finish and a clearance of 6-5.5 in the high jump, good for 776 points.
"Today went as well as I thought it could," Prentice said. "I’m in a good position and I just want to be in the mix – that’s what Coach Bucknam and Geopfert stress to us. Getting ourselves in a good position is important. I was happy to have two PRs in the 60 meters and the long jump. My reaction time in the 60 is something I’ve been working on and I got a good start today."
Kirbos is in sixth place after day one of the seven-event heptathlon with 2,573 points. This weekend’s event marks his second collegiate heptathlon.
He started the day with a personal-best time of 7.26, a fifth-place finish and 792 points in the 60 meters. He finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 22-2.5 and 760 points. He finished eighth in the shot put with a toss of 38-0.75 and 582 points. He ended the day with a clearance of 5-10.25 and a ninth-place finish in the high jump, good for 619 points.
The ESPNU championship highlight show will air Thurs., March 11 at 8 p.m. CST on ESPNU. SEC Weekly TV will also be devoting a show to the championship. SEC Weekly TV airs Tuesdays at 5 p.m. CST on ESPNU and repeats a few times during the week. Some of the clips from SEC Weekly TV are also posted on SECSports.com.
Live results and a live video stream can be found throughout the championships at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.