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The No. 4 men’s and No. 1 women’s track and field teams faced stiff competition at the Louisiana State University and Payton Jordan Invitationals, but the teams came away with strong finishes against professional and collegiate runners.

 

MEN’S

Freshman Obi Igbokwe stole the spotlight for the Razorbacks after he finished third in the 400-meter dash, running a new personal best of 46.65 seconds. The third-place finish was one of the highest finishes by a Razorback at the meet.

Sophomore Davon Anderson also took third place in the 110-meter hurdles behind a personal best of 13.88 seconds. Anderson ran to a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, too.

Another third-place finish came on the heels of the 4x100 relay team. The 39.98-second performance behind the legs of Kenzo Cotton, Kemar Mowatt, Jarrion Lawson and Marqueze Washington was the top time this season.

Cotton also finished 12th in the 100-meter dash and 15th in the 200-meter dash to round out a solid performance at the invitational.

Senior Ken LeGassey also had a strong performance in the high jump event with a height of 2.07 meters. His teammate, Alex Campbell, finished sixth with the same height.

 

WOMEN’S

A week after sophomore Payton Stumbaugh set the program record in the 100-meter hurdles, another Razorback added her name among the all-time greats, this time in the 400-meter dash.

Senior sprinter Taylor Ellis-Watson, who had the then-No. 2 overall time in the 400-meter dash, broke her own personal best and the UofA top time after posting a 50.78 time. The previous record was held by Regina George, who posted a 50.99 time in 2013.

Ellis-Watson was not the only Razorback to beat a top mark in the program.

Junior college transfer Micah Dennis broke the 16-year record in the shot put after she broke her own personal record with a distance of 16.09 meters.

Dennis, a former standout at Central Arizona, is a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association Outdoor National Champion in the shot put and has been one of the top performers for Arkansas the past two years.

Freshman runner Ceara Watson was once again the top collegiate runner in the 800-meter run after posting a time of 2:07.29. Watson, a New York native, was the top finisher in the event at the Texas Invitational this season.

Star Lexi Weeks cleared 4.55 meters in the pole vault event to take first overall at the LSU Invitational.

Another freshman, Devin Clark, found success at the Payton Jordan Invitational, winning her section of the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:18.22.

After posting a personal best of 13.05 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles at the John McDonnell Invitational, heptathlete Alex Gochenour placed fourth overall in the event with a time of 13.21 seconds that was wind-assisted.  

Both teams return to John McDonnell Field for the Arkansas Twilight meet May 6 starting at 6 p.m. It will be the last meet for the Hogs before the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships.

 

Alex Nicoll was the editor-in-chief of the Arkansas Traveler from 2017-2019. Before that, Alex was a sport designer, and he wrote stories for the news, lifestyles and sports sections.

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