FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - The No. 1 University of Arkansas men's track and field team got a win from junior Anthony May II in the high jump Saturday to cap the team's weekend at the Tyson Invitational. Overall, the Razorback collected five top-five invitational finishes on day two of the annual meet. Including May's win Saturday, the team collected three wins over the weekend with wins on day one from Caleb Cross and Patrick Rono.
Competing in the invitational section of the high jump, May set a lifetime best with his first-attempt clearance of 2.23m/7-3.75. He progressed through the competition with just two misses prior to three unsuccessful attempts at the final bar. Based on jumps entering the weekend, May moves into 10th place on this season's national qualifying list. Including May, three Razorbacks had clearance over seven feet along with Noah Kittelson and Brede Ellingsen.
In the final event on the track, the Razorbacks' 4x400-meter relay team finished second in the event's invitational competition. The foursome of Anton Kokorin, Travis Southard, Eric Janise and Marek Niit combined for a time of 3:07.20 Arkansas enters the postseason portion of its schedule with a season-best time of 3:06.26, run two weeks ago at the Razorback Team Invitational.
Arkansas picked up a 2-3 finish from Andrew Irwin and Kevin Lazas, respectively, in the invitational portion of the pole vault. Both Razorbacks had a final clearance of 5.41m/17-9 which represented a season best for Irwin and a personal-best performance for Lazas. Based on marks entering the weekend, that jump will move Irwin and Lazas into the national top 10. Lazas, the program's school-record holder in the heptathlon and decathlon, replaced his previous best of 17-3.5, set earlier this year.
"Today was a huge PR for me and I was happy with my attempts at 18 feet," Lazas said after the competition. "It's always good to get those attempts at a higher bar. The more attempts you get, the more likely you are to make it. Hopefully next time I can come out and make 18 feet which would be huge. If I can do that in the (heptathlon), that would be amazing."
Tarik Batchelor was the top collegiate performer in the event with a season-best jump of 16.38m/53-9, another last-jump mark. He added half an inch to his season best from the Razorback Team Invitational Batchelor finished third overall behind a pair of unattached athletes. May posted another personal-best showing in the invitational triple jump, getting out to a mark of 15.65m/51-4.25 in his final pass down the runway.
The Razorbacks also got a personal-best effort from redshirt freshman Devin Randall in the shot put. On his second throw of the day, he posted a best of 16.95m/55-7.5. Randall added more than a foot to his previous best of 53-11.75. He was the top performer in the second flight of the shot put and finished 10th overall, one spot shy of qualifying for the event final.
Running at the Husky Classic in Seattle, junior transfer Kemoy Campbell ran to a ninth-place overall finish and a time of 7:53.61 in the invitational section of the 3,000 meters. The time is just shy of cracking the program's top-10 list in the event. Teammate Solomon Haile finished in 15th place in the race with a personal-best time of 8:01.17. His previous best of 8:01.68 was set season at the Arkansas Last Chance meet.
Friday night at the Husky Classic, Razorback newcomer Stanley Kebenei ran to a time of 13:42.15 and a ninth-place finish in the invitational section of the 5,000 meters. The top 10 in the race all posted times after than the NCAA leader heading into the weekend. With his performance Friday, Kebenei moved into sixth place on the program's all-time list and is the first to crack the Arkansas top 10 since the 2009 season.
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20. Anton Kokorin - 21.59
3,000 Meters (college)
14. Raymond Joseph - 8:32.82
24. Arch Robertson - 8:58.50
4x400m Relay (invitational)
2. Kokorin/Southard/Janise/Niit - 3:07.20
4x400m Relay (college)
2. Cross/Braddy/Gauntlett/Squella - 3:10.58
12. Wren/Rono/Lieghio/Pisechko - 3:17.47
High Jump (invitational)
1. Anthony May II - 2.23m7-3.75 (PR - 7-1.75)
5. Noah Kittelson - 2.14m/7-0.25
6. Brede Ellingsen - 2.14m/7-0.25
7. Dwayne Golbek - 2.10m/6-10.75
Pole Vault (invitational)
2. Andrew Irwin - 5.41m/17-9
3. Kevin Lazas - 5.41m/17-9 (PR - prev: 17-3.5)
Triple Jump (invitational)
3. Tarik Batchelor - 16.38m/53-9 (PR - 54-2.25)
7. Anthony May II - 15.65m/51-4.25 (PR - prev: 49-7)
10. Devin Randall - 16.95m/55-7.5 (PR - prev: 53-11.75)
31. Deatrich Wise, Jr. - 13.99m/45-10.75
Husky Classic (Seattle)
3,000 Meters (invitational)
9. Kemoy Campbell - 7:53.61
27. Solomon Haile - 8:01.17 (PR - prev: 8:01.68)
61. David Flynn - 8:28.27
(from Friday night)
5,000 Meters (invitational)
9. Stanley Kebenei - 13.42.15
--. Solomon Haile - DNF
47. Layne Nixon - 14:36.52