The Arkansas men's track team will be without star sprinter and five-time Southeastern Conference champion Tyson Gay for this weekend's SEC Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Gay reinjured his hamstring at the Powered by Tyson Invitational earlier this month.
"We made that decision to not take a chance on getting him hurt. He's too valuable of an athlete to this school and to himself down the road to risk getting hurt," McDonnell said.
During the Tyson Invitational, Gay fell after overstriding at the finish of the 60. He finished the race with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 6.55 seconds.
Gay's hamstring has been bothering him since the Olympic Trials in July where he was unable to finish the finals of the 200.
"We had a little bit of a cushion. Now the cushion is gone so it is down to a good ole brawl to see who is going to come out on top," McDonnell said.
Gay was expected to compete in the 60, 200 and 4x400-meter relay.
McDonnell said that without Gay on the track this weekend, the Razorbacks could lose between 14 to 20 points. Arkansas finished second to Florida at last year's conference meet in Kentucky.
Tyson Out For SEC Meet
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