Tyson Gay Breaks UA Record with World Leading
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The first night of the Razorback Invitational was full of highlights for No. 1 ranked Arkansas as it came away with two NCAA automatic qualifications, one broken UA record, a world-leading time and an NCAA leading time.
For the second-straight week junior transfer Tyson Gay shattered a school record when he registered a world-leading time of 20.73 in the 200-meter dash. The previous record of 20.77 was established in 1992 by Jimmy French. Gay’s time was also good enough to earn him first place and an NCAA automatic qualification.
“I was more nervous to run the 200 than I was the 60,” Gay said. “I didn’t feel good at the start, but once the gun went off I tried to stay relaxed. It’s a lot of pressure off me now. I really wanted to get that (NCAA auto time).”
The distance medley relay was the second showcase of the evening when the Hogs put together an NCAA leading and automatic qualifying time of 9:30.14 with two national champions gracing the team. Their performance placed them in the No. 2 spot on Arkansas’ all-time top 10 list and it was only seven hundredths of a second off from the 10-year old record.
“It was a good night,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “First Tyson and Omar and now this DMR. It’s great to get them qualified. (Chris) Mulvaney ran an awesome leg. It’s hard to run by yourself like Alistair (Cragg) did and he went out a little too fast. If tomorrow goes like this we’ll be in business.”
Senior All-American Chris Mulvaney started off the relay team with the 1,200-meter leg and clocked a split of 2:53.39 to create a large and early lead. Mulvaney smoothly handed off to senior Maurice Bridges who took the 400 portion and extended the lead with a time of 46.56. In his first competition of the indoor season freshman Sam Vazquez ran the 800-meter leg and turned in a split of 1:51.07. Senior All-American Alistair Cragg took the anchor leg and led the Hogs to victory as he lapped the other competitors with a mile split time of 3:59.12.
Four other Razorbacks competed in the 200-meter dash. Junior transfer Omar Brown came in third with a time of 21.33. His performance put him at fifth on UA’s all-time top 10 list. Freshman Creighton Kiper turned in a season-best time of 21.74 for a fifth-place showing. Senior Michael Thomas and junior Chason Pompey finished ninth (22.25) and 10th (22.29), respectively.
Junior Cory Oldham captured the high jump title with the same mark (6-8.75) for the second week in a row. In his first attempt of the season in the long jump freshman Greg Martin came in fourth in his first attempt in the long jump of the season with a mark of 22-3.75.
The second day of the Razorback Invitational will begin Saturday at 3 p.m. with the prelims of the 60-meter dash and end at 6:20 with the 4×400-meter relay.
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