Rough First Day For UA Athletes

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Arkansas sophomore Boris Roslov didn't want to quit Thursday, but there wasn't much he could do with a severe foot injury.

Despite a badly bruised heel that made it tough for him to compete, Roslov managed to get through the first day of the decathlon at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. But Roslov will withdraw from the event and not compete when the decathlon wraps up today on the University of Alabama's campus. Roslov was already nursing a bruised heel heading into Thursday, and he aggravated the injury during the long jump portion of the decathlon. He had a difficult time running and jumping on the injured foot, and his performance suffered as a result. Roslov finished fifth in the long jump, recording a mark of only 21 feet, 7.5 inches -- at least a foot shorter than what he's capable of when healthy. He also missed on all three of his attempts to clear the opening height of 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump. After that, it was apparent that the sophomore could not continue competing. Roslov decided to run the 400 meters -- the final event of the day -- but he struggled with a time of 56.89 seconds. Before aggravating his foot injury, Roslov got off to a promising start Thursday afternoon by finishing fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.44 seconds. Roslov and Arkansas men's track and field coach John McDonnell were unavailable for comment, after a disappointing first day of the SEC Championships. This was certainly not how the No. 25-ranked Razorbacks had hoped to defend their SEC title. They will get a better opportunity today when the meet heats up with several more events. CHAPLIN FALLS Etienne Chaplin, a Lady Razorbacks sophomore from Chicago who had the SEC's best heptathlon mark entering the meet, tumbled to eighth place -- literally -- after the first day of her event. Chaplin hit a hurdle in the opening 100-meter hurdles, stumbled when she tried to continue and was unable to finish the race. "Obviously, that was not what we wanted," UA women's coach Lance Harter said. "But Etienne came back to get personal records in the next three events." Chaplin high-jumped 5-4 1/4, threw the shot 38-5 1/2 and then sped to a 24.71 in the 200 meters to battle back in the heptathlon, which concludes today with the long jump, javelin and 800 meters. Nia Allen of Tennessee leads the event with 3,470 points. Chaplin, who is already qualified nationally, has 2,328 points. Her 200-meter time enabled her to make up 200 points on the seventh-place competitor. "Etienne will try to move up to maybe sixth (today) and get some momentum for nationals," Harter said. "The sad part is that the 100 hurdles is one of her best events."

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