Bob Holt is a sports reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he sits on the board of directors for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 basketball poll. He has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year four times and has been inducted to the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Razorbacks add to NCAA totals
Ayden Owens-Delerme competes at the 2023 SEC Track and Field Championships in Baton Rouge, La.
University of Arkansas junior Ayden Owens-Delerme won the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Prelims in 48.39 seconds on Friday night in Sacramento, Calif.
Owens-Delerme, the defending national champion in the decathlon who is focusing on the 400 hurdles this outdoor season, advanced to the NCAA Championships running the event for only the fifth time as a collegiate athlete — all in the last month — after winning the SEC title.
Owens-Delerme also ran a leg on Arkansas’ 1,600 relay that was third at the West Prelims in 3:04.29 to advance to the NCAA Championships. Joining Owens-Delerme on the relay were Brandon Battle, James Benson and Christopher Bailey.
The No. 1-ranked Razorbacks advanced three to the NCAA meet in the triple jump, led by freshman Jaydon Hibbert.
Hibbert, the NCAA Indoor triple jump champion who also swept SEC titles indoors and outdoors, went 55 feet, 2 inches on his only attempt to win the event at the West Prelims.
The top 12 finishers in the East and West Prelims advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be held June 7-10 at Austin, Texas.
Ryan Brown (53-3 1/4) took second in the triple jump for the Razorbacks and Carey McLeod (52-1 4/3) was fifth.
Arkansas sophomore Wayne Pinnock, the national leader in the long jump who will compete in that event at Austin, tripled-jumped 51-3 3/4 to finish 13th at the West Prelims and miss advancing by one centimeter.
Roje Stona and Ralford Mullings both advanced in the discus for the Razorbacks. Stona threw 215-0 to finish second and Mullings was fourth with at 202-7.
Phillip Lemonious advanced in the 110 hurdles (13.45) and also ran on the 400 relay along with Benson, Connor Washington and Lance Lang. Bailey advanced in the 400, running 45.76 for 11th.
The Razorbacks will have 18 athletes and 18 entries competing in 11 events at the NCAA Championships.
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