No. 12 Razorbacks Close Regular Season at Twilight, Payton Jordan
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 12 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team will close out its home schedule Friday with the Arkansas Twilight at John McDonnell Field. With field events beginning at 12:30 p.m. (CT), prime time events—running finals—are set to start at 6 p.m. The Razorbacks will also send a long-distance trio to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the Jordan Payton Invitational.
The gates for Friday’s home meet will open at 3 p.m. for ticket sales. General admission is $5 with free admission for UA students with valid ID and fans 17 years and younger. The Arkansas Twilight will be streamed live on SEC Network PLUS beginning with running events. Live results will also be available through Flash Results.
In the fifth poll of the outdoor season, Arkansas is the No. 12 team in this week’s USTFCCCA ranking. The men’s field is also set to include Arkansas Baptist, Oklahoma State and Tulsa. The Razorbacks’ sprinters and field competitors will take center stage at the home meet. Three past and current NCAA champions are entered for competition with Omar McLeod in the 110-meter hurdles, Jarrion Lawson at 200 meters and Andrew Irwin in the pole vault.
The Payton Jordan Invitational marks the second time this season Arkansas distance runners will compete at Stanford. The Razorbacks will be represented by Kemoy Campbell at 5,000 meters and Stanley Kebenei and Frankline Tonui in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Saturday’s meet will mark Campbell’s first 5K of the season. Live results for the meet will be available through Record Timing.
Through the first five weeks of the outdoor campaign, the Razorback men have tallied seven top-25 national marks with NCAA-best times from Kebenei in the steeplechase and McLeod in the 110-meter hurdles. For his record-breaking effort last weekend at the 106th Drake Relays, McLeod was named the meet’s co-Most Outstanding Performer and SEC Runner of the Week.
In its last outing, Arkansas collected four Drake Relays titles with winning performances from McLeod, Andrew Irwin in the pole vault and the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relays. McLeod won his individual title with a meet- and school-record time of 13.21 which ties the fifth fastest in NCAA history. He also ran the leadoff leg for the victorious relays with Lawson, Kenzo Cotton and Marqueze Washington.
This weekend marks the final competition before the 2015 SEC Outdoor Championships. This year’s conference meet will be contested May 14-16 at Spencer Stadium/Maddox Track in Starkville, Miss. Overall, the Razorbacks have won 18 SEC outdoor titles with their most recent triumph coming in 2013.
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