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.
Two Hogs finish second at USA championships
Jarrion Lawson lands in the pit during the men's long jump at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships, Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. Lawson placed second behind first place finisher Jeffery Henderson. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
FAYETTEVILLE A pair of Arkansas athletes placed runner-up at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships over the weekend in Sacramento, Calif.
Jarrion Lawson finished second in the triple jump with a jump of 26-8.25. Sandi Morris was second in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 14-11.
Lawson's collegiate-best jump came in his third and final attempt Sunday after fouling in his first two tries. He finished second to Sherwood-native Jeff Henderson (27-11.50) in the event.
Lawson bounced back from a disappointing finish to his sophomore campaign when he failed to qualify at the NCAA prelims. Lawson won the NCAA title indoors with a jump of 27-6.5.
Like Lawson, Morris had the best mark among college athletes in her event, finishing second to American record holder Jenn Suhr. Morris bested her SEC championship mark of 14-9 from earlier this season and now has the second highest clearance in Razorbacks history.
Former Arkansas sprinter Wallace Spearmon Jr. finished second to Curtis Mitchell in the 200 meters.
20 Neil Braddy – 46.85
t13 Anthony May – 2.15m/7-0.5
2 Jarrion Lawson – 8.13m/26-8.25w
12 Anthony May – 7.57m/24-10
14 Anthony May – 15.36m/50-4.75w
2 Sandi Morris – 4.55m/14-11 (PR – previous: 14-9)
400 Meters (Final)
7 Taylor Ellis-Watson – 51.78 (PR – previous: 51.92)
3,000m Steeplechase (Final)
9 Grace Heymsfield – 9:48.10 (SR – previous: 9:48.34)
12 Stephanie Brown – 4:11.06q (PR – previous: 4:11.40)