Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in journalism.
UA leads stacked Razorback Invitational
Arkansas heptathlete Kevin Lazas celebrates after clearing a height of 6 feet 6 inches in the high jump during the men's heptathlon Friday evening at the Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Complex in Fayetteville. Lazas finished the day in the lead of the men's Heptathlon with 3,277 points.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas' men and women are in first place following the first day of the Razorback Invitational.
The No. 1 Razorbacks men scored 63.50 points and the No. 7 women scored 84 points Friday. Texas A&M's men (52.50) and women (54) are in second place in fields that include five top 10 men's teams and six top 10 women's teams.
Arkansas' women had wins by Ariel Voskamp in the pole vault (13-4.25), Dominique Scott in the 5,000 meters (16:13.44) and Kristen Hesseltine in the high jump (5-8.75). Regine Williams finished second in the 200 meters with a personal best time of 23.06 seconds.
Alex Gochenour led the collegiate performers in the pentathlon, finishing second behind Arkansas' former NCAA champion Makeba Alcide who competed unattached. Gochenour scored 4,116 points for second place. Arkansas' distance medley relay team finished second to Texas, who the Razorbacks beat in the event two weeks ago.
The Razorbacks' men had a strong finish to the night. Noah Kittelson and Ken LeGassey had identical marks of 6-11 in the high jump to finish first and second, respectively. The men's distance medley relay team finished second to Oklahoma State with the Southeastern Conference's fastest time this season (9:52.39).
Devin Randall finished second in the shot put for the Razorbacks, breaking his previous personal best by more than a foot with a mark of 58-9.25. Defending NCAA champion Kevin Lazas leads the heptathlon with 3,277 points. The heptathlon will continue Saturday with the 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters.
Saturdays' events will begin at noon at the Randal Tyson Track Center.