Anthony breaks from Arkansas football to run 6.62 in New Mexico

Jordan Anthony (left) of Arkansas runs 60 meters at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, in Albuquerque, N.M. (Shawn Price/Arkansas Athletics)

University of Arkansas sophomore Jordan Anthony, a transfer from Texas A&M who competes in track and field and football, has run faster than he did at Saturday’s New Mexico Collegiate Classic.

But considering it was Anthony's first meet of the season and he also has been training with the football team since arriving in Fayetteville in January, running 6.62 seconds to take third in the 60 meters in his Razorback debut in Albuquerque, N.M., was impressive.

Anthony's time ranks No. 3 on Arkansas’ all-time list behind Kenzo Cotton (6.56 in 2016) and Jarrion Lawson (6.60 in 2016).

As a Kentucky freshman last year, Anthony ran a personal-best 6.57 to take second in the 60 at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

 “I’m excited, I’ve started the indoor season a little later than some other sprinters,” Anthony, who will play wide receiver for the Razorbacks, said in an Arkansas news release. “We still have five weeks until the NCAA Indoor.

“If anybody is thinking I didn’t do what they thought I would do, just watch. This is just the beginning.

"Just watch, and enjoy the show. It will pick up.”

When the times in the 60 were taken to four digits, Anthony’s 6.612 edged Tennessee junior Nolton Shelvin’s 6.619 for third.

Anthony finished behind LSU sophomore Myles Thomas, a transfer from Arkansas State University who was the Sun Belt champion last year, and Texas senior Marcellus Moore.

Thomas won in 6.59 and Moore took second in 6.60. Arkansas senior Lance Lang was seventh in 6.71.

“The time is OK for today, everybody knows I can run faster,” Anthony said. “I’m bumped up a little bit from football training. 

“At the end of the day it was a good race. There are some things I need to clean up. It’s a great opener for me, though.”

Arkansas freshman John Kendicks was fifth in the pole vault at 17 feet, 8 1/2 inches to match his personal best he cleared at last week’s Razorback Invitational.

Arkansas State senior Bradley Jelmert cleared 18-2 1/2 to win the pole vault.

Razorbacks junior Kason Lovern-O’Riley finished second in Friday’s high jump with a mark of 7-1 1/2.

Arkansas senior Tai Brown and junior Brevin Sims finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 60 hurdles Saturday, running 7.80 and 8.24.