FAYETTEVILLE – The summer season gets underway for several members of the University of Arkansas men’s track and field team with the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. A total of 11 current and former Razorbacks will in attendance. The best in the country will compete June 23-26 at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., for a spot on Team USA.
A pair of 2011 seniors headlines the group of current Razorbacks at the national meet with LaShawn Butler in the 200 meters and Dorian Ulrey in the 1,500 meters. At the 2009 USA Championships, Ulrey finished third in the event and went on to compete at the World Championships in Berlin. The 1,500 meters will have a second Arkansas runner with junior Duncan Phillips.
In the junior competition, American junior record holder and SEC runner-up Kevin Lazas will compete in the two-day, 10-event decathlon. Dwayne Golbek is scheduled to be part of the junior high jump field. Lazas will be joined in the decathlon by Arkansas signee Gunnar Nixon, the national high school record holder in the event.
The Razorbacks will also be represented by a handful of former student-athletes. Tyson Gay is set to compete in both the 100 and 200 meters, while Wallace Spearmon, Jr., will also sit in the blocks in the 200 meters. James Strang will take on the field in the 10,000 meters and Nkosinza Balumbu and Jeremy Scott will compete in the triple jump and pole vault, respectively.
The 2011 USA Track and Field Championships begin Thursday. Follow the action that will be televised Friday at 10 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2, Saturday at 2 p.m. on Universal Sports and 4 p.m. on NBC and Sunday at 2 p.m. on Universal Sports and 4 p.m. on NBC. Log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com for continued coverage and more information.
USA Track and Field Championships – Declared EntriesLaShawn Butler – 200mDuncan Phillips – 1,500mDorian Ulrey – 1,500m
JUNIORSDwayne Golbek – high jumpKevin Lazas – decathlonGunnar Nixon – decathlon (signee)
FORMER RAZORBACKSTyson Gay – 100m, 200mWallace Spearmon, Jr. – 200mJames Strang – 10,000mNkosinza Balumbu – triple jumpJeremy Scott – pole vault