Bob Holt is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 basketball poll. Holt has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year three times.
Mowatt takes 3rd at Jamaican Trials
Arkansas' Kemar Mowatt competes in the 4x400-meter relay Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, during the Tyson Invitational in the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.
Former University of Arkansas All-American Kemar Mowatt made Jamaica's Olympic team Friday night by taking third in the 400-meter hurdles in 49.61 seconds at the Jamaican Trials held in Kingston.
Mowatt previously ran 48.90 previously this year to meet the Olympic qualifying standard.
Jarrion Lawson, who won NCAA titles for the Razorbacks in the jumps and sprints, advanced to Sunday night's long jump final at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
After Lawson fouled on his first two attempts during Friday night's qualifying round, he faced a do-or-die situation and went a wind-aided
26-7 3/4 on his final attempt for the top mark among the 12 jumpers who advanced.
Arkansas sophomore Tre'Bien Gilbert advanced to Saturday night's semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles by running 13.62 seconds Friday night to take the 16th and final qualifying spot.
Razorbacks senior Carl Elliott ran 13.67 to finish 18th.
Arkansas native Jeff Henderson, the 2016 Olympic gold medal winner who grew up in McAlmont and attended Sylvan Hills High School in North Little Rock, was seventh in the long jump to advance to the finals. His best mark was a wind-aided 26-3 3/4 on his second attempt.
Will Williams, an assistant coach at Arkansas State University who won an NCAA long jump title at Texas A&M, finished 15th Friday night with a best mark of a wind-aided 25-5 1/2 on his third attempt.
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