"This is an important weekend as far as getting people qualified," Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. "Everybody that runs out there, I hope will get qualified. I'd like to see the high hurdlers, Eddie Jackson and Michael Thomas, qualify automatically. We're not sure about the jumpers. Ramon Washington has a heel problem and Maurice Robinson has a hamstring problem, but it looks like it's getting better. Jonathan Reeves is going to pop a big one in the shot. He's ready to throw something to get qualified for nationals. The weather in California looks like it's going to be good and not windy, so we're hoping for a good meet."
At the Mt. SAC Relays many of Arkansas' distance runners will have the opportunity to run qualifying times. Juniors Silverus Kimeli, Patrick Thomas, and sophomores Westley Alkin and Alistair Cragg and freshman Luis Bordes will compete in the 5,000 meters. Kimeli earned a provisional qualifying time of 14:06.09 in the 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational.
Junior Chad Grundy, sophomores Kyle Cleveland and Chris Mulvaney, and freshmen James Hatch, Michael Taylor and Said Ahmed will run in the 1,500 meters. At the McDonnell Invitational Mulvaney ran a provisional qualifying time of 3:42.34 in the 1,500 meters. He hopes to improve his time at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Six Hogs will also run in the 800 meters. Senior Andrew Beasley, Grundy, Cleveland, Mulvaney, sophomore Robbie Stevens and freshman Said Ahmed will all represent Arkansas in the 800-meter run.
Arkansas is sending two relay teams to Mt. SAC. Senior Sam Glover, junior Eddie Jackson, sophomore Michael Thomas and freshman Ahmad Carroll will run in the 4x100-meter relay. Glover will also compete in the 1,600-meter relay with sophomores Josh Landreth, Lawrence Richardson and Robbie Stevens. Richardson is running in the 200-meter dash as well.
Jackson and Thomas will both compete in the 110-meter hurdles, while Glover will represent Arkansas in the 400-meter hurdles. At the McDonnell Invitational Jackson and Thomas both provisionally qualified in the 110-meter hurdles with times of 13.85 and 13.74, respectively. Glover was also able to provisionally qualify in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.66.
Eight Razorbacks will compete in six different field events. Freshmen Cory Oldham and Matt Rosebery will see competition in the high jump. Junior Richard Smith and sophomore Maurice Robinson will both compete in the long jump and the triple jump, while sophomore Ramon Washington will compete for the first time this season in the long jump. Smith provisionally qualified in the long jump with a leap of 25-2.50 at the SEC Quad on March 16.
Freshmen P.J. Brown and Josh Roberts will represent Arkansas in the pole vault. Freshman Jonathan Reeves will compete in the shot put and the discus. Reeves won the shot put title at the McDonnell Invitational on April 13 with a throw of 57-00.25.
At the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational 15 Hogs will compete in 11 events. Beasley and Cleveland will represent Arkansas in the 800 meters, while Grundy will run in the 1,500 meters.
Carroll, Glover, Jackson and Thomas will compete on the 4x100-meter relay team. Glover is also running in the 400 meters, while Jackson and Thomas will see competition in the 110-meter hurdles. Landreth will represent the Razorbacks in the 400-meter hurdles.
Junior Tom Crowder will see competition in four events. He will represent Arkansas in the long jump, 100-meter dash, javelin throw and pole vault.
Several Razorbacks will take part in the field events. Brown and Roberts will compete in the pole vault, and Robinson and Smith will compete in the long jump. Reeves will see competition in the shot put and Rosebery will compete in the high jump.
After the Razorbacks return from California they will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. for the Penn Relays on April 25-27, before having a week off before heading to Starkville, Miss. for the 2002 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 9-12.