Arkansas beats Texas
1/18/2010 9:10 AM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The University of Arkansas men's track and field team topped the Texas Longhorn men's track and field team in an indoor dual meet, 88-81, at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Saturday. The Razorbacks picked up eight individual wins and a title in the distance medley relay in front of a crowd of 600-plus.
"What a great event we had today," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "We had great competition on the track and a great turn-out in the stands. You couldn't ask for much more. We had a lot of highlights today and our guys competed and raced well. Young guys like Ben Skidmore, Tarik Batchelor, Cobi Hamilton, Scott Gillespie and Brede Ellingsen really showed up for us today. We are building momentum and getting better every week.”
Arkansas swept the running events from 200 meters to the 5K and added a DMR win at the end. Freshman Cobi Hamilton, in his Arkansas track debut, won the 200 meters with a time of 21.25, the No. 9 mark in school history. Sophomore Ben Skidmore won the 400 meters in a personal-best time of 47.54. Junior Chris Bilbrew won the 800 meters with a clocking of 1:51.31.
Senior Dorian Ulrey won the mile with a 4:09.18. Senior Scott MacPherson won the 3,000 meters and finished in 8:10.66. Sophomore Lane Boyer opened the running events with a win in the 5,000 meters and a time of 14:31.97.
Freshman Scott Gillespie (1,200 meters, 3:06.77), sophomore Jake Stephens (400 meters, 50.13), freshman Rob Redwine (800 meters, 1:54.57) and junior Michael Chinchar (mile, 4:18.59), combined for a winning time of 10:10.05 in the distance medley relay.
In the field events, freshman Brede Ellingsen won the high jump with a clearance of 6-10.75 and sophomore Tarik Batchelor won the triple jump with a leap of 49-8.5.
Arkansas also picked up important runner-up finishes from Gillespie in the mile (4:09.42), junior Patrick Russell in the 3,000 meters (8:14.34), freshman Solomon Haile in the 5,000 meters (14:31.98), freshman Caleb Cross in the 60-meter hurdles (8.05), senior Alain Bailey in the high jump (6-8.75), Batchelor in the long jump (25-2.75).
Bailey and Batchelor’s long jumps are NCAA provisional-qualifying marks.
Arkansas returns to the track for next weekend’s Razorback Invitational. The two-day event, beginning Friday, Jan. 22, will be held at the Randal Tyson Track Center. For continued coverage of Razorback track and field, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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