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.
Arkansas well-represented at NCAAs
Arkansas long jumper Raymond Higgs makes a jump Friday night, March 8, 2013, during the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Complex in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas' men have 13 entries and the women have 12 entries into next week's NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.
The No. 2 Razorbacks men have 11 individual and two team entries as they try to defend their NCAA title indoors last year. Arkansas is coming off a SEC championship win last week but fell from its No. 1 spot nationally for the first time in more than a year, replaced atop the standing by NCAA favorite Florida.
Three Razorbacks rank in the top three nationally in their respective events. Defending NCAA champion Kevin Lazas is second in the NCAA heptathlon rankings and Raymond Higgs is second in the long jump, while defending NCAA pole vault champion Andrew Irwin ranks third nationally this year.
Arkansas could score twice in the long jump with Higgs and Jarrion Lawson, who ranks fifth this season. Anthony May, who ranks seventh in the triple jump and 11th in the high jump, is the team's only double entry in individual events.
The Razorbacks also have 4x400 meter relay and distance medley relay teams qualified for the NCAA meet. The 4x400 team finished fourth at last week's SEC meet in a race featuring the two fastest times in NCAA history.
On the women's side, Arkansas has a pair of top five individual qualifiers in Regine Williams (200 meters) and Dominique Scott (3,000 meters). The Razorbacks' DMR team has the fourth-fastest time this season.
Tamara Meyers, 10th nationally in triple jump and 12th in long jump, is the women's only double qualifier in individual events.
Neil Braddy, 400 Meters
Patrick Rono, 800 Meters
Tomas Squella, 800 Meters
Omar McLeod, 60 Meter Hurdles
Anthony May, High Jump and Triple Jump
Andrew Irwin, Pole Vault
Raymond Higgs, Long Jump
Jarrion Lawson, Long Jump
Clive Pullen, Triple Jump
Kevin Lazas, Heptathlon
Men's 4x400 Meters
Men's Distance Medley Relay
Regine Williams, 200 meters
Chrishuna Williams, 400 Meters
Stephanie Brown, Mile
Dominique Scott, 3,000 Meters
Grace Heymsfield, 3,000 Meters
Ariel Voskamp, Pole Vault
Danielle Nowell, Pole Vault
Tamara Meyers, Long Jump and Triple Jump
Alex Gochenour, Pentathlon
Women's 4x400 Meters
Women's Distance Medley Relay