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Razorbacks Deliver Strong Performance

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The Razorback track and field teams came away from the Tyson Invitational and Iowa State Classic with strong finishes on Friday and Saturday.



Kenzo Cotton’s performance in the 60-meter dash stood out over the weekend as he took third place with a time of 6.65.

Jamarco Stephen and freshman Obi Igbokwe both posted top-10 finishes in the 400 meters invitational with Stephen placing sixth and Igbokwe finishing eighth.

Star Jarrion Lawson posted one of the best finishes of an Arkansas athlete in the meet with his second-place finish in the long jump invitational. He posted a distance of 8.02 meters.

“Overall it was a really good start to the meet,” assistant coach Travis Geopfert said in a press release. “The 400-meter athletes ran really well. They’re coming around and ready to do some big things. Kenzo is running very consistent and is excited for the 200 tomorrow. Jarrion jumped well in the long jump and was really close to putting a big one out there on his last jump. We’re moving in the right direction and definitely excited for a fun day tomorrow.”

At the Iowa State Classic, the Razorbacks had a pair of distance runners place in the top 10 of their respective event. Alex George took seventh place in the 3,000-meter run while his teammate Gabe Gonzalez finished an impressive seventh place as well in the 5,000-meter run.

On the second day of the meet, Arkansas’ best performance came in the jumping events. Clive Pullen took fourth place in the triple-jump invitational with a distance of 16.54 meters.

Captain and high jumper Ken LeGassey placed sixth with a distance of 2.19 meters.

Arkansas had a strong showing during the Tyson Invitational and the Husky Classic with the Razorbacks getting two top-three NCAA performances and a SEC-best mark at the Husky Classic.



For the Lady Razorbacks, sophomore Peyton Stumbaugh had a strong showing in the 200-meter dash, taking sixth place out of 61 runners. The race set a personal best for her with a time of 23.67. Stumbaugh also took second in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing only .02 seconds behind the first-place finisher.


Senior Aubree Worden took home first place in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:11.36.

Continuing her dominance this season, Taylor Ellis-Watson finished first in the 400-meter invitational with a time of 52.18 and took second in the 200-meter invitational.

Ellis-Watson also anchored a 4x400 meter relay team that took third place at the meet. Joining her on the relay team was Taliyah Brooks, Brianna Swinton and Daina Harper.

Freshman pole vaulter Alexis Weeks has already placed herself in the record books at Arkansas with her performance on Saturday. She cleared a height of 4.60 meters, which is good for No. 2 on the all-time best list in pole vault at Arkansas.

“I think we had a really good weekend,” associate head coach Chris Johnson said in a press release. “Taylor Ellis-Watson had a lifetime personal record indoors, she ran fantastic. Payton Stumbaugh had a lifetime personal record as well. These meets do a great job of getting us ready for what to expect at SECs and nationals. The SEC is the best conference in the country and most of teams from the conference were here so we got to see a snapshot of where they are and what they can do.”

Both teams’ next meet will be the Arkansas Qualifier on Feb.19 at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. They will then travel to South Bend, Indiana, for the Alex Wilson Invitational on Feb. 20.


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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