Ugoh Working Out Kinks With Hammer

AUSTIN, Texas -- It's not quite "hammer time" yet for Tony Ugoh.

Arkansas' junior starter at left tackle is trying his hand at the hammer this outdoor season and it showed Thursday in at the 78th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

"This is my seventh day," Ugoh said. "I know I'll pick it up quick. I only threw the weight for about four weeks and threw consistently. I have good coaches and I'm learning. Now all it is is time."

Ugoh fouled on all three of his attempts and did not record a mark in the event that requires spinning in a seven-foot diameter circle three times and flinging a 16-pound iron ball attached to a steel wire as far as possible.

Ugoh, a deft lineman, said putting all the aspects of the hammer throw together is tough.

"The combination of them all -- the spin, the balance, the speed and the control," he said. "You have to put them all together. You can have balance but not have control. You can have control and not be spinning fast enough."

Ugoh, who made the ability to compete in both football and track a part of his decision to attend Arkansas, will get back to his specialty in the discus today at 3 p.m.

"I feel a lot more comfortable with the discus because I've been doing it a lot longer," Ugoh said. "You can have a lot more aggression going into it. Hopefully you can translate that aggression into distance."

Another of Arkansas' dual-sport athletes competing today is Michael Grant, who started the Georgia game at cornerback and made 29 tackles for the Razorbacks last fall.

Grant is a former Georgia state champion who owned prep wins against former Razorbacks track All-American and NFL first-round draft choice Ahmad Carroll of Green Bay.

Grant will run in the 100-meter preliminaries this morning and the leadoff leg on the sprint medley relay tonight.

Ugoh said he hasn't been able to do much to keep up with the football team's spring practice sessions so far.

"I've caught a couple meetings," Ugoh said. "They're both (football and track practice) pretty much at the same time. It's only daylight for so long.

"I enjoy doing both. Now I'm just out here trying to compete and get better in track."

Arkansas has been particularly short-handed on the offensive line this spring with Ugoh out and several others injured;

"I heard (Matt) Gilbow and (Robert) Felton are doing a really good job," Ugoh said.

While the Lady'Backs haven't traditionally won many team titles at Texas, Arkansas' women have won their share of individual crowns.

They now have six individual wins to two relay wins.

Cynthia Moore won the long jump in 1989, Tracy Robertson won the 1,500 in 2000, Amber Crumbo won the shot put in 2000, DeeDee Brown won the heptathlon in 2002 and Lilli Kleinmann won the steeplechase in 2002.

Last year, Maureen Scott won the steeplechase and will defend her title tonight.

Arkansas has had 14 individual winners to 44 relay titles, including Olympian and former Hog dual-sport athlete Clyde Scott, who won the 110-meter hurdles in Austin in 1948, the same year he won silver in the same event at the London Olympics.

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