Lawson Jumps to World Leading Mark

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Bowerman Watch list member Jarrion Lawson jumped to an NCAA and world-leading mark in the long jump on day one of the Razorback Invitational. Lawson’s stellar performance was just one of the many highlights of the day for the No. 11 Arkansas men’s track and field team.

In his first jump of his senior campaign Lawson shook off the cobwebs with a mark of 7.50m/24-7.25. He progressed through each attempt lengthening out his marks as he continued to loosen his legs. On his third attempt Lawson secured the NCAA lead with his mark of 8.14m/26-8.50. The Texarkana native continued to improve launching to a remarkable distance of 8.17m/26-09.75 on his fifth and final jump in front of an excited home crowd.

“It was a very good opener for me for my first track meet,” said Lawson. “I kept jumping because I wanted to get to 27 feet, which I could have. I just couldn’t get control of my runway yet and control of my speed but it was good for me to practice these five jumps.”

On the track sophomore Kenzo Cotton had a phenomenal race in the 200 meter dash. Cotton capitalized on his momentum coming around the final turn into the home stretch to post an impressive time of 20.78. The four time All-American missed out on first place by one hundredth of a second claimed Devin Jenkins of Texas A&M who ran a 20.77 out of heat two. Cotton’s time places him fourth among the best of the NCAA at 200 meters.

In the vertical jumps All-American Ken LeGassey closed the night for the Razorbacks with a clearance of 2.14m/7-0.25 in the high jump to earn 10 points towards the team total with a first place finish.

Arkansas heads into day two in second place with 55.2 points.

The Razorbacks return to action tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. kicking off with the heptathlon. The live broadcast will begin at 12:30 p.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.

Chris Bucknam Sounds Off

On Jarrion Lawson
His speed is so much better. It was great that he was able to get a lot of jumps in since it was the first time that he was jumping since June. It was a great effort. He’s been working really hard and I fully expect him to have some great results as we move forward.

On Kenzo Cotton and DMR
We got a great run out of Kenzo in the 200. I thought we got a couple good legs from our student-athletes in the DMR. It was great to see Eric Janise had a great leg in the 400. Ryan Thomas had a nice 800. The mile was good, 4:01.00 for Austen Dalquist.

2016 Razorback Invitational Day 1 Results
Randal Tyson Track Center
Fayetteville, Ark.

200 Meters
Kenzo Cotton (2) – 20.78
Kemar Mowatt (5) – 21.36
Zach Riley (10) – 21.48
Davon Anderson (12) – 21.68
Ryan Green (13) – 21.69
Anthony Blakely (14) – 21.78
Josh Washington (21) – 21.94

5.000 Meters
Stephen Mugeche (3) – 15:09.48
Nick Costanza (4) – 16:52.84

Distance Medley Relay
Arkansas A (4) – 9:36.77
Arkansas B (9) – 9:59.48

High Jump
Ken LeGassey (1) – 2.14m/7-00.25
Alex Campbell (6) – 2.04m/6-08.25

Long Jump
Jarrion Lawson (1) – 8.17m/26-09.75
Andreas Trajkovski (6) – 7.55m/24-09.25
Brandon Workman (14) – 7.10m/23-03.50
Kurt Jenner (19) – 6.97m/22-10.50
Trae Carey – Foul

Weight Throw
Erich Sullins (6) – 18.09m/59-04.25
Devin Randall (9) – 17.64m/57-10.50
Sam Kempka (11) – 16.51m/54-02.00

Derek Jacobus (8) 2931 – 60m: 7.09, LJ: 6.77m/22-2.5, SP: 12.44m/40-9.75, HJ: 1.87m/6-01.50
Lane Austell (9) 2836 – 60m: 7.20, LJ: 6.63m/21-9, SP: 11.22m/36-9.75, HJ: DNS

Team Totals
1. Texas A&M – 78.5
2. Arkansas – 55.2
3. Oregon – 33.7
4. LSU – 22
5. UCLA – 18.5
6. Florida – 13
7. Oklahoma – 12.7
8. Georgia – 12
9. Oklahoma State – 8
10. Florida State – 7.2
11. Iowa State – 1.2

2016 Razorback Invitational Day 2
Randal Tyson Track Center
Fayetteville, Ark.

11:00 a.m. – Heptathlon – Derek Jacobus, Lane Austell
12:30 p.m. – 400m – Jamarco Stephen
12:37 p.m. – 400m Invitational – Obi Igbokwe
1:05 p.m. – 60mH Prelims – Kemar Mowatt, Larry Donald, Davon Anderson
1:30 p.m. – 60m Prelims – Ryan Green, Jarrion Lawson, Josh Washington, Zach Riley, Roy Ejakuekwu, Kenzo Cotton
2:00 p.m. – 800m – Andrew Pisechko, Cameron Griffith, Noah Findlay, Noah Arrindell
2:00 p.m. – Triple Jump – Clive Pullen, Rubin Owens
2:00 p.m. – Shot Put – Erich Sullins, Jeff Rogers, Sam Kempka, Devin Randall
2:30 p.m. – Mile – Kyle Hosting, Aidan Swain
3:25 p.m. – 3000m Invitational – Alex George, Andrew Ronoh, Gabe Gonzales, Jack Bruce
3:50 p.m. – 800m Invitational – Ryan Thomas, Carlton Orange, Ethan Moehn
4:02 p.m. – Mile Invitational – Cale Wallace, Austen Dalquist
4:20 p.m. – 4×400 Relay – Arkansas A, Arkansas B, Arkansas C

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