Razorbacks Advance at Track Championships

After qualifying one Hog yesterday, Arkansas was able to advance three more on the second day of competition at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

"It was a good day," Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. "Eddie Jackson and Michael Thomas looked good. The people we wanted in the finals are in. The only disappointing thing was Jason Sandfort. We overused him this season and he was tired down the stretch, but he gave it all he had."

Two Razorbacks ran in the prelims of the 110-meter hurdles. Junior Eddie Jackson qualified for the semifinals as he finished third in the first heat and fourth overall with a career-best time of 13.66. His time was the fourth fastest in UA school history.

Sophomore Michael Thomas also ran in the first heat and qualified for the semifinals. He finished right behind Jackson in fourth and ninth overall with a time of 13.76.

"I felt really good out there, probably the best I've felt all year," Jackson said. "I like being in lane eight; I feel I can run the best there."

Southeastern Conference 1,500-meter Champion sophomore Chris Mulvaney represented Arkansas in the 1,500-meter run. He finished fourth in the first heat and seventh overall to qualify for the finals on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. His time of 3:41.89 was a career-best.

Freshman Jason Sandfort competed in the 10,000-meter run. He ran a time of 30:41.35 as he finished 17th overall.

Team standings after the second day have Georgia in the lead with 15 points, LSU in second with 11 and Eastern Michigan in third with 10.

Events are scheduled to begin on Friday with sophomore Maurice Robinson and junior Richard Smith in the triple jump at 6:45 p.m. The semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles with Jackson and Thomas will start at 8:20 p.m., and junior Daniel Lincoln will defend his steeplechase title at 8:45 p.m.

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