No. 3 Arkansas Journeys To Michigan For Big 10 Bout
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Splitting up time between its home stands, the No. 3 Arkansas men’s track and field team will journey to Ann Arbor Saturday, Jan. 20 for the Simmons-Harvey Quadrangular, hosted by the University of Michigan.
The team-scored meet will see the Hogs battle against the best of the Big 10 conference in Michigan’s new state of the art indoor track and field facility.
“We’re excited to leave town and test out a new surface and a new track,” assistant coach Doug Case said. “There will be somethings we’ll try and feel out when we go up there but for the most part it’s a track, it’s 200 meters, you go around it and you try and run fast so that’s what we’re going to go do. We’re still going to hold back as far as guys running their optimal events but when we get to Razorback next weekend we’re going to let them loose a little bit.”
Events To Watch:
60 Meter Dash (10:54 a.m. Prelims | 12:09 p.m. Finals)
Featured Razorbacks: No. 4 Kenzo Cotton (PR: 6.56*) and Roy Ejiakuekwu (PR: 6.71*)
Senior Kenzo Cotton heads into the 60-meter dash competition as the top seed in the field. Cotton currently has the fourth-best time in the NCAA. Look for junior Roy Ejiakuekwu to work his way closer to his PR and up the NCAA leader boards, after his solid 6.75 performance at the Arkansas Invitational.
200 Meter Dash (1:21 p.m. Sections v. Time)
Featured Razorbacks: No. 1 Obi Igbokwe (PR: 20.78) and Kevin Harris (PR: 21.00*)
Junior Obi Igbokwe will look to continue his strong junior campaign, in search of improvement of his NCAA leading time, which he secure last weekend at home. Baylor transfer Kevin Harris will open his second season as a Razorback Saturday, looking to kick off the year with a sub-21 second performance.
Mile (11:26 a.m.)
Featured Razorbacks: Jack Bruce (PR: 4:00.72*) and Cameron Griffith (PR: 4:03.80*)
Still laying a nice foundation of speed for his main event (3,000/5,000) senior Jack Bruce will race the mile this weekend, up 600 meters from the 1,000-meter run at the home opener. Bruce will be joined by middle distance specialist Cameron Griffith who clocked the top time in the 1,000 at the Arkansas Invitational with a PR of 2 minutes, 23.21 seconds.
4-x-400 Meter Relay (2:19 p.m.)
Featured Razorbacks: Arkansas A: Roy Ejiakuekwu, Kemar Mowatt, Rhayko Schwartz and Obi Igbokwe
All four of the members of Arkansas’ A team earned either indoor or outdoor All-American honors last season off a bronze medal finish at the indoor national meet or a silver medal finish at the outdoor national meet. Currently the NCAA leader at 200 meters, Obi Igbokwe remains the consistent relay leg, having been the only member to be a part of both teams in 2017.
Long Jump (10 a.m.)
Featured Razorbacks: Harrison Schrage (PR: 7.63m/25-0 1/4*) and Laquan Nairn (PR: 7.80m/25-7*)
An outdoor All-American last season Harrison Schrage returns to the runway for the first time in 2018 this weekend in Ann Arbor. Schrage will share the runway with South Plains transfer Laquan Nairn. A horizontal jumps talent from the Bahamas, Nairn currently holds the sixth best NCAA mark in the triple jump this season.
*PR from a previous season
The Simmons-Harvey Quad will begin at 10 a.m. with the men’s high jump. Running events will kick off at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s 60-meter hurdles preliminary round.
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