UA Tracksters Head to Boston and Oklahoma to T
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas track and field team will split up this Saturday February 1, as the distance runners travel to Boston, Mass., for the Boston Indoor Games and the sprinters and hurdlers head to Norman, Okla., for the J.D. Martin Invitational.
Coach McDonnell will send a distance medley relay team and three runners to the Boston Indoor Games. Juniors Robbie Stevens, Chris Mulvaney and sophomores James Hatch and Said Ahmed make up the Razorback DMR team. They will face tough competition from Michigan, Kentucky, Arizona, Providence, Dartmouth, SMU, Boston College and defending NCAA champion Villanova.
“We want to get a different DMR team qualified for nationals,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “Kentucky and Villanova will provide good competition. Kentucky is a tough team. They’re ahead in their speed workouts, but I still think we can run with them. Villanova’s whole team is back from last year and Michigan is good too.”
Senior Daniel Lincoln, juniors Silverus Kimeli and defending NCAA 5,000-meter champion Alistair Cragg will all try to earn qualifying times in the loaded 3,000-meter run. The race will include talented runners such as former NCAA 5,000-meter champion, Jonathon Riley, and 2000 Olympic gold medallist, Noah Ngeny.
“Alistair and Daniel are in good shape,” McDonnell said. “They’re ready to run a fast and furious race in a stacked field. I’m really excited about Silverus. His weight is down and he looks good in practice. I want to get those three guys qualified.”
At the J.D. Martin Invitational junior Michael Thomas and sophomore Ahmad Carroll will try to improve their provisional qualifying times as they compete in the 60-meter hurdles and the 60-meter dash, respectively. Earlier this month at the SEC West Challenge Thomas ran a time of 7.78 and Carroll posted a time of 6.71 in their events.
Senior Josh Landreth and junior Maurice Bridges will both represent the Razorbacks in the 400-meter dash.
“I want Ahmad and Michael to get automatic times,” McDonnell said. “Last weekend Ahmad false-started and Michael didn’t do as good as he could. I want everybody to improve their times.”
The Boston Indoor Games will be televised live on ESPN2, on Saturday February 1, from 5-6 p.m. CT. Next week the Hogs will field a full squad as they go to Lincoln, Neb., for the Husker Invitational on February 7-8, before returning to Fayetteville to host the Tyson Invitational on February 14-15.
Tickets for Friday’s events at the Tyson Invitational are available by calling the Arkansas ticket office at 1-800-982-4647, while tickets for Saturday’s events are available through the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce at (479) 521-5776 or 1-800-766-4626.
Events on Friday, February 14 are scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m., and Saturday’s events will be from 5-7:30 p.m.
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