Three Hogs Meet Qualifying Standards in Ames
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Three more University of Arkansas track and field competitors met the provisional qualifying standards last weekend at the Cyclone Qualifier in Ames, Iowa. Freshman Chris Mulvaney, senior Murray Link and sophomore Jason Ward met the provisional standards at the meet and have a chance to compete at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9-10 at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
Mulvaney and Link both met the standard in the mile finishing seventh in 4:02.95 and eighth in 4:03.06, respectively, while Jason Ward met the standard in the triple jump jumping 52-6.25.
Mulvaney was a member of the distance medley relay squad that automatically qualified earlier in the season with a time of 9:35.93 at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 26.
For Link, the mile is the third event that he has met the qualifying mark in this season. At the Razorback Invitational, Link provisionally qualified in the 3,000-meters in 8:04.88 and then at the Tyson Invitational qualified for the 5,000 meters in 14:13.74. He later improved on his 5,000-meter time when he grabbed the Southeastern Conference title in that event running 14:07.29 in Lexington, Ky. on Feb. 25. Link’s time set a new Nutter Field House Record breaking former Arkansas All-American Godfrey Siamusiye’s record of 14:11.18 at the 1996 SEC Championships.
Ward, who finished second at the 2000 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the triple jump, improved on his provisional qualifying mark set at the 2001 SEC Championships when he jumped 51-3.00.
This weekend the Hogs will be looking for their 37th national title and 17th indoor national title as for the second year in a row the Randal Tyson Track Center serves as the backdrop for the NCAA Championships on Friday and Saturday.
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