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.
7 Razorbacks advance on first day of prelims
Runners race during the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, May 14, 2021, in College Station, Texas. (SEC pool photo)
The University of Arkansas advanced seven athletes in first-round races Wednesday night at the NCAA West Prelims in College Station, Texas.
Senior Gilbert Boit ran 29:10.36 to take second in the 10,000 and advance to the NCAA Championships held June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore. Boit ran 59.76 seconds on the final lap.
Razorbacks senior Carl Elliott, freshman Phillip Lemonious and sophomore Tre’Bien Gilbert advanced to Friday night’s semifinals in the 110 hurdles.
Elliott ran a wind-aided 13.55 for the No. 6 time among the qualifiers, Lemonious ran 13.58 to rank No. 7 and Gilbert’s wind-aided time of 13.72 ranked 14th. Lemonious’ time ranks No. 5 on Arkansas’ all-time list, matching what Chris Phillips ran in 1993.
Senior Rhayko Schwartz and sophomore James Milholen both advanced for Arkansas to Friday night’s semifinals in the 400. Schwartz was the No. 19 qualifier in 46.62, and Milholen took the 24th and last spot in 46.70.
Razorbacks senior Nick Hilson, from Jonesboro, advanced to Friday night’s semifinals of the 400 hurdles with a time of 51.10 for the 18th-fastest qualifying time.
Arkansas State University sophomore Jermie Walker advanced in the 200 with a time of 20.70.
The women will compete today and Saturday at the West Prelims, with the men finishing up Friday.
The top-12 finishes in each event advance to the NCAA Championships.
Arkansas decathletes Markus Bellangee and Daniel Spejcher already have qualified to compete in Eugene.
University of Central Arkansas sprinter Zachary Jewell, a senior from Mena, advanced in the 100 and 200 meters.
Jewell had the No. 4 time in the 100 (a wind-aided 10.07 seconds) and No. 12 time in the 200 (20.62) to advance to the semifinals in both events, which will be held Friday night.
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