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 four times and has been inducted to the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Hogs' Lang blazes in 200 meters
Arkansas' Lance Lang competes on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, in Albuquerque, N.M.
University of Arkansas junior Lance Lang, an All-America transfer from Kentucky, won the 200 meters in 20.47 seconds Friday night at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in the Albuquerque Civic Center.
Lang’s time is No. 2 on Arkansas’ all-time list behind Wallace Spearmon Jr.’s 20.10 in 2005 that set a collegiate record.
Lang edged Texas Tech senior Courtney Lindsey, who took second in 20.58. Earlier this season, Lindsey ran a collegiate-leading time of 20.41.
“We had some good competition out there,” said Lang, whose personal-best is 20.32 when he ran for the Wildcats. “It was fun, it was exciting.
“I’m glad I put on a show not only for my team, but for everybody who was watching. I couldn’t be happier than to be on this team.”
The No. 3-ranked Razorbacks picked up another victory in the long jump when sophomore Wayne Pinnock, a transfer from Tennessee who swept last year’s NCAA titles indoors and outdoors, went 26 feet, 7 inches on his only attempt.
Pinnock’s mark ranks No. 8 on the Razorbacks’ all-time list.
“I wasn’t under any pressure,” Pinnock said on the UA track and field Twitter account. “My main goal was to get the first jump in, and I got the job done.”
Arkansas sophomore Kason O’Riley, a transfer from Oklahoma, took third in the high jump with a season-best clearance of 7-1 3/4.
Tomas Ferrari, a junior for the Razorbacks, cleared a personal-best 7-0 1/4 to take fourth.
Arkansas sophomore Connor Washington finished fifth in the 200 in 20.70 and junior James Benson took sixth in 20.74 for the No. 8 and 10 marks, respectively, on the Razorbacks’ all-time list.
Junior Amanda Fassold won the pole vault for Arkansas’ No. 1-ranked women’s team.
Fassold cleared an indoor personal-best 14-10 3/4.
It’s also a world-leading mark for Fassold, who cleared the winning mark on her first attempt, then missed three attempts at 15-0 3/4.
Arkansas junior Grace Ridgeway cleared a personal-best 13-11 to take fifth.
Arkansas sophomore Joanne Reid took sixth in the 200 in a personal-best 23.06 that ranks No. 6 on the Razorbacks’ all-time list.
The meet continues today.
CORRECTION: Amanda Fassold's height was misprinted and has been corrected.
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