James Benson II returns to racing with 400m career best
EUGENE – Racing for the first time since the early in the outdoor season, Razorback James Benson II simply posted a career best of 45.56, which moves him to No. 6 on the UA all-time list, during the first day of the USATF Championships at Hayward Field.
Benson II finishesd as runner-up to LSU alum Vernon Norwood (45.34) and they had the third and sixth fastest times overall.
Alum Marqueze Washington joined Benson in the 400m semifinal, placing third in the second heat with a 46.11. The top time overall was 44.72 by Michael Norman, who won the first heat.
Alum Frankline Tonui, racing in the second of two heats, posted a time of 8:29.85 to snare a qualification to the 14-person final as the last qualifier on time, earning the spot by 0.05 of a second over Minnesota’s Alec Basten (8:25.90).
USATF U20 action for the men starts on Friday with Connor Washington (100m) and Brandon Battle (400m) representing the Razorbacks.
Finals held on Friday in the USATF Championships include the long jump with John Baker and shot put with Arkansas volunteer assistant Ryan Crouser.
USATF Schedule (PT) | June 23-26 | Live results: https://results.usatf.org/2022Outdoors/
Friday | June 24
12:34 p.m. M 100 U20 First Round Connor Washington
2:47 p.m. M 400 U20 First Round Brandon Battle
4:43 p.m. M 100 U20 FINAL (Connor Washington)
5:45 p.m. M Long Jump FINAL John Baker
6:42 p.m. M Shot Put FINAL Ryan Crouser
8:25 p.m. M 400 Semi-Final James Benson, Marqueze Washington
Saturday | June 25
Noon M Pole Vault FINAL Andrew Irwin
12:35 p.m. M 110H First Round Tre’Bien Gilbert, Matthew Lewis-Banks, Daniel Spejcher
2:04 p.m. M Steeple FINAL Frankline Tonui
2:31 p.m. M 400 FINAL (James Benson, Marqueze Washington)
3:05 p.m. M 200 U20 First Round Connor Washington
4:25 p.m. M 400 U20 FINAL (Brandon Battle)
5:37 p.m. M 200 U20 FINAL (Connor Washington)
Sunday | June 26
12:25 p.m. M High Jump FINAL Darryl Sullivan, Jr.
1:04 p.m. M 110H Semi-Final (Gilbert, Lewis-Banks, Spejcher)
1:48 p.m. M 800 FINAL (Kieran Taylor)
2:54 p.m. M 110H FINAL (Gilbert, Lewis-Banks, Spejcher)