No. 7 Arkansas Set for Battles on the Road
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 7 Arkansas men’s track and field team heads back on the road this weekend facing off against challenging opponents, once again, in California and Texas.
The Razorbacks’ distance and middle distance crews will compete in Azusa and Norwalk, California at the Bryan Clay Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays, respectively, April 14-15 while the sprints and field events groups will travel to Austin, Texas for the Texas Invitational on Saturday, April 16.
Bryan Clay Invitational & Mt. SAC Relays
With NCAA West qualifying times secured in the 5,000-meter run, Jack Bruce, Austen Dalquist, Alex George and Cale Wallace will look to earn a postseason spot in another event this weekend at Cougar Athletic Stadium in Azusa. Bruce, Dalquist and George will race the 1,500 while Wallace will take on the water jumps and barriers, for the first time, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
All-SEC outdoor 10K runners, Gabe Gonzalez (2014) and Frankline Tonui (2015), will lead the charge at Mt. SAC competing in the invitational sections of the 5,000-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively.
The 11-team competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium will feature five nationally-ranked programs including: No. 4 Texas, No. 5 LSU, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 18 Penn State and No. 24 Texas Christian (TCU).
Arkansas sprints will look to pick up several NCAA preliminary round qualifiers this weekend led by 2015 NCAA 4-x-100 meter relay national champions Kenzo Cotton, Jarrion Lawson and Marqueze Washington. The trio will compete in the 200 dash and will be joined in the 400 relay by British newcomer, Roy Ejiakuekwu.
2016 NCAA indoor triple jump national champion Clive Pullen will open his outdoor campaign in Austin on Saturday evening.
Coach Bucknam’s Weekend Outlook
“We had some great performances a couple weekends back at Stanford. So those athletes that competed in the 5,000 will be moving down to the 1,500 this weekend in Azusa and at Mt. SAC. We’ll also open up Frankline Tonui in the steeplechase, along with a couple other athletes that we’re putting in that race as well. The rest of the squad will go out to Austin, Texas again and compete in the Texas Invitational which is about an eight team meet that will be very competitive.”
• Countdown to Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships (May 12-14) is down to four weeks.
• NCAA Prelims: Top 48 per region (East and West) qualify for the first round of outdoor nationals.
• Arkansas currently has 19 student-athletes qualified in 11 events plus two relays.*
*subject to change
Live results for the Mt. SAC Relays and Texas Invitational will be made available on arkansasrazorbacks.com prior to the start of competition.
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