O'Riley takes high jump title on first day of Razorback Invitational

By: Bob Holt Bob Holt's Twitter account
Published: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Arkansas' Kason O'Riley competes in the high jump during the Razorback Invitational on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas' Kason O'Riley competes in the high jump during the Razorback Invitational on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in Fayetteville.

University of Arkansas sophomore Kason O’Riley cleared 7 feet, 1 1/2 inches to win the high jump Friday night at the Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Center.

O’Riley, a transfer from Oklahoma, stayed alive in the competition by clearing 6-11 1/2 on his third attempt, then made 7-1 1/2 on his first try. He missed three attempts at 7-3 1/4, which would have been a personal best.

Arizona State senior Jeremy Cody also cleared 7-1 1/2, but did it on his third attempt and finished second.

Razorbacks junior Tomas Ferrari finished third in the high jump at 6-11 1/2.

Arkansas senior Carey McLeod, a transfer from Tennessee and seven-time All-American, made his Razorback debut and went 26-6 1/2 to take second in the long jump behind Florida State junior Jeremiah Davis’ world-leading mark of 26-11 1/4.

Arkansas senior Roje Stona took fourth in the shot-put with a mark of 62-7 3/4.

The Razorbacks’ women’s distance medley team of freshman Mary Ellen Eudaly, senior Paris Peoples, freshman Ainsley Erzen and senior Lauren Gregory took second in 10:56.73, which ranks No. 5 on Arkansas’ all-time list.

Gregory, a senior All-American, ran the anchor 1,600 in 4:29.89, the No. 4 time on the collegiate list on a 200-meter track. Former Razorback Dominque Scott has the No. 1 time of 4:28.89.

“Lauren ran a very disciplined race,” Arkansas women’s Coach Lance Harter said in a video posted on the UA’s Twitter account. “She was very focused and came through with very even splits. She’s a consummate competitor.”

Stanford won the distance medley relay in a world-leading time of 10:55.61.

Arkansas sophomore Sydney Billington, who is from Rogers and graduated Bentonville High School, tied for second in the high jump with a personal-best clearance of 6-0 that ranks No. 3 on the Razorbacks’ all-time list.

Texas A&M junior G’Auna Edwards, a transfer from Arkansas, won the pentathlon with 4,138 points. She cleared 5-9 3/4 for the top mark in the high jump.

Arkansas senior Madison Langley-Walker, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, took sixth in the heptathlon with 3,959 points. She had the top marks in the 60-meter hurdles (8.33) and long jump (19-9).

Through four events of the heptathlon, Arkansas junior Yariel Soto Torrado, a transfer from Tennessee, is fourth with 3,280 points. His long jump of 24-11 was the top mark.

Arkansas junior Daniel Spejcher is fifth in the heptathlon with 3,163 points.

The meet continues today with most finals being held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.


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