SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships: Razorbacks strike early with 10 in 10,000

By: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Published: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Arkansas track coach Chris Bucknam reacts during the men's distance medley relay during the National Relay Championships on Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Fayetteville.
Photo by Ben Goff
Arkansas track coach Chris Bucknam reacts during the men's distance medley relay during the National Relay Championships on Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Fayetteville.

Alabama took the top three spots in the men's 10,000 meters Friday night as the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships opened in Knoxville, Tenn., but Arkansas Razorbacks Coach Chris Bucknam wasn't complaining.

"Those Alabama guys also were the top three finishers at the SEC cross country championships -- even though we won the team title," Bucknam said. "So we're not surprised the 10,000 here was a rerun of the cross country meet. We were shooting to score 10 points in the race, and we got 'em."

The No. 8-ranked Razorbacks scored 10 points in the 10,000 with sophomore Gilbert Boit taking fifth (29:84.24), junior Austen Dalquist sixth (29:53.31), freshman Matt Young seventh (30:05.09) and freshman Ryan Murphy eighth (30:10.68).

"It's very hot and humid here and that race was a tough grind," Bucknam said. "But our guys did a great job."

Through three of 21 finals completed, Alabama leads with 30 points from the Crimson Tide's 1-2-3 finish in the 10,000 from Vincent Kiprop (29:16.64), Alfred Chelanga (29:17.30) and Gilbert Kigen (29:19.20).

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is fourth with 13 points.

Razorbacks redshirt junior Alex Springer threw 213 feet, 10 inches on his final attempt to move from 10th into a sixth-place finish and score three points that could prove to be big in the team title race. He came into the event ranked eighth in the SEC.

"That was big for Alex to get sixth," Bucknam said. "That was a really good effort by him. He's worked hard for us for four years.

"We've talked about needing everybody to get in there and score, and that's what Alex did."

Razorbacks seniors Kemar Mowatt (51.03) and Larry Donald (51.18) advanced to the 400 hurdles final. Senior Kenzo Cotton and junior Obi Egbokwe both ran 20.52 in the 200 to advance to the final.

The Razorbacks have two of the top four spots through five events of the decathlon. Senior Gabe Moore is second with 4,104 points and senior Derek Jacobus is fourth with 3,979. Georgia senior Karl Saluri leads with 4,200 points.

Moore ran a personal-best 10.69 in the 100, long jumped 23-7 1/2' high jumped 6-3 1/2, tossed the shot put 46-8 1/4 and ran 49.33 in the 400.

Jacobus ran 10.88 in the 100, long jumped 24-1 1/2, high jumped 6-3 1/4, tossed the shot a personal-best 42-6 1/4 and ran 50.20 in the 400.

"Overall, it was a good first day for us," Bucknam said. "We've just got to keep grinding."

Jada Baylark, a sophomore from Little Rock Parkview, ran 22.96 to advance to the final in the 200 for Arkansas' No. 4 women's team.

The UA women didn't score in the 10,000 as senior Regan Hime finished 11th.

The women have completed two of 21 finals with Missouri and Ole Miss tied for first with 15 points. Alabama is third with 11 points followed by Tennessee (10) and Mississippi State (8).

Arkansas, which is going for its 13th consecutive women's title in cross country and indoor and outdoor track, didn't score Friday night.

The meet will continue through Sunday night. The SEC Network will have a live telecast starting at 5 p.m. Sunday.

SEC Outdoor Track and Field results

Results from finals Friday at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Scoring for 8 places is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

MEN’S TEAM SCORE THROUGH 3 OF 21 FINALS

  1. Alabama 30
  2. Mississippi State 16
  3. Florida 15
  4. Arkansas 13
  5. Auburn 11
  6. Georgia 10
  7. Texas A&M 8
  8. Kentucky 7
  9. LSU 5
  10. Tennessee 2

MEN

10,000 METERS: 1. Vincent Kiprop, Alabama, 29:16.64; 2. Alfred Chelanga, Alabama, 29:17.30; 3. Gilbert Kigen, Alabama, 29:19.20; 4. Jacob Thomson, Kentucky, 29:22.31; 5. Gilbert Boit, Arkansas, 29:84.24; 6. Austen Dalquist, Arkansas, 29:53.31; 7. Matt Young, Arkansas, 30:05.09; 8. Ryan Murphy, Arkansas, 30:10.68.

JAVELIN: 1. Anderson Peters, Mississippi State, 269-2; 2. Ioannis Kyriazis, Texas A&M, 263-6; 3. Nicolas Quijera, Mississippi State, 246-4; 4. Justin Carter, Auburn, 218-9; 5. John Putnam, Auburn, 217-7; 6. Alex Springer, Arkansas, 213-10; 7. Cade Antonucci, 213-3; 8. Ethan Shalaway, Kentucky, 212-1.

HAMMER: 1. Denzel Comenentia, Georgia, 249-1; 2. Anderson Eriksson, Florida, 243-5; 3. Daniel Haugh, Alabama, 237-11; 4.Jake Norris, LSU, 229-2; 5. Thomas Mardal, Florida, 228-3; 6. AJ McFarland, Florida, 223-6; 7. Georgios Korakidis, Tennessee, 219-11; 8. David Cline, Kentucky, 218-3.

WOMEN’S TEAM SCORE THROUGH 2 OF 21 FINALS

  1. Missouri 15
  2. Ole Miss 15
  3. Alabama 11
  4. Tennessee 10
  5. Mississippi State 8
  6. Auburn 6
  7. Georgia 6
  8. Texas a&M 5
  9. Florida 2

WOMEN

10,000 METERS: 1. Megan Cunningham, Missouri, 33:47.05; 2. Mckenzie Yanek, Alabama, 35:03.33; 3. Yanley Gomez, Georgia, 35:13.47; 4. Karis Jochen, 35:24.07; 5. Shannon Fair, Mississippi State, 35:26.82; 6. Nicole Rice, Ole Miss, 35:34.82; 7. Jessica Pascoe, Florida, 36:01.52; 8. Emily Bean, Ole Miss, 36:05.81.

HAMMER: 1. Stamatia Scarvelis, Tennessee, 217-2; 2. Janeah Stewart, Ole Miss, 271-0; 3. Erin Perkins, Auburn, 200-10; 4. Rebecca Keating, Missouri, 198-8; 5. Brianna Smith, Mississippi State, 185-7; 6. Dani

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