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Tyson Gay Breaks 60-meter School Record at Fir

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Tyson Gay Breaks 60-meter School Record at Fir


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – At the Arkansas Invitational the Razorbacks staged a strong first outing of the season as they came away with three NCAA provisional qualifiers and one broken school record.
“Overall for an opening meet it went okay,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “We had some good things happen and we had some average things happen. The kids competed well and the highlight was Tyson (Gay) breaking that school record. He’s the real deal.”
Junior transfer Tyson Gay started off his career as a Razorback on the right foot when he broke the UA school record in the 60-meter dash with a provisional qualifying time of 6.65 for first place. In the prelims he posted a time of 6.71. The previous record of 6.67 was held by Ahmad Carroll last year.
“I was a little surprised I broke the record because I haven’t run a 60-meter dash in almost two years and then my best time was 6.65,” Gay said. “In the prelims I was a little nervous, but for my first race I was pretty calm. My start was a little shaky, so I need to get stronger in the blocks.”
In the distance medley relay the Razorbacks faced the Arkansas Alumni, but in the end the former Hogs held their lead to take the tape (9:35.19). Seneca Lassiter led off the alumni team in the 1,200-meter leg and created a sizable lead over freshman Ryan Botha. Calvin Davis and senior Maurice Bridges ran the second leg. They handed off to James Karanu and junior transfer Terry Gatson, respectively, for the 800-meter portion. By the time Daniel Lincoln ran the anchor leg a 50-meter lead had been established and the Hogs crossed the line in second with senior Alistair Cragg. With their performance the Razorbacks put together a time of 9:39.91 for an NCAA provisional qualification.
“Alistair (Cragg) running 3:58 in the anchor leg of the DMR was great and (Adam) Perkins winning the mile as a freshman was good to see,” McDonnell said. “All the freshmen ran good times. I was also glad to see Jason (Sandfort) open well in the 3,000. That was the best he’s ever opened at, because he’s usually a 5K guy. Maurice Bridges ran two great legs on his relays and we were looking for him to improve. Next week we’ll get the whole team out and get another good look at everyone.”
Senior Michael Thomas claimed third place in the 60-meter hurdles with another provisional time of 7.84, after registering 7.91 in the prelims. He also competed in the prelims of the 60-meter dash and ran a time of 7.01.
The 4×400-meter relay team of Bridges, junior transfer Omar Brown, Gay and Gatson capped off the night with a victory and a time of 3:10.43 after defending NCAA champion LSU fell on the first leg.
Freshman Adam Perkins displayed a solid debut for the indoor season when he captured the top prize in the mile run with a time of 4:09.04. Sophomore Eric Gross finished sixth (4:18.58).
Two Hogs swept the top spots in the high jump. Junior Cory Oldham captured the title with a clearance of 6-8.75 and freshman Greg Martin was second (6-4.75). In the pole vault senior P.J. Brown came in third (15-11.00) and junior Jimmy Duke was fifth (15-3.00).
The 3,000 meters was loaded with Razorback runners. Junior Jason Sandfort led the contingent when he finished second with a time of 8:11.28. Freshman Mike Poe was close behind in fourth (8:19.49) and sophomore Matt Gunn grabbed seventh place with a career-best time of 8:27.63. Freshman Josh Harper dropped out of the race with two laps left after he sustained an injury.
In other running action freshman Creighton Kiper put up a time of 22.10 for sixth place in a field of 25 in the 200-meter dash. Junior Chason Pompey turned in a time of 49.77 for 10th place in the 400-meter dash, while sophomore Brad Dittoe was 14th (50.35). Sophomore David Wittenmyer ran in the 800 meters and came away with a personal best time of 1:55.22 for fourth place.
The Razorback Invitational is next on the schedule for Arkansas when it hosts its second straight meet on Jan. 23-24. Events at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Friday will start at 5 p.m. with the shot put and end at 9 p.m. with the distance medley relay. Saturday will begin with the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles and conclude with the 4×400-meter relay at 6:20 p.m.



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