No. 3-ranked Arkansas ready for home opener

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FAYETTEVILLE — Recently ranked third in the USTFCCCA preseason poll, Arkansas will embark on its 2018 indoor campaign this Friday as the hosts of the Arkansas Invitational.

The meet will begin Friday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. with the men’s shot put while running events will follow at 3 p.m.

Who: No. 3 Arkansas, No. 11 Kansas, Arkansas Baptist, Coffeyville CC, Missouri, Missouri State, New Orleans, Oklahoma Christian, Oral Roberts, Southern Methodist and Tulsa
Entry: Adults $5, Youth 17 under admitted free
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Moving on without two-time NCAA triple jump national champion Clive Pullen this season, the Razorbacks remain resolute in their expectation of excellence.

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Arkansas will be led by senior Kenzo Cotton who has made an appearance at both the indoor and outdoor national meets in every season in which he has competed for the Razorbacks.

Events to Watch:
60 Meters
Featured Hogs: Kenzo Cotton (PR: 6.56) and Roy Ejiakuekwu (PR: 6.71)
The 60-meter dash will showcase an epic matchup between current and former hogs. Olympian Jarrion Lawson and professional sprinter Marqueze Washington will line up next to their former 4-x-100-meter relay teammate Kenzo Cotton for an early season speed battle.

200 Meters
Featured Hogs: Obi Igbokwe (Indoor PR: 20.87) and Kemar Mowatt (Indoor PR: 21.07)
The Bowerman preseason watch list selection Kemar Mowatt and 400-meter All-American Obi Igbokwe will headline the 200-meter dash for the Razorbacks. Igbokwe will take on three former NCAA sprint powers Aldrich Bailey, Fred Kerley and Marqueze Washington.

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1,000 Meters
Featured Hogs: Jack Bruce (PR: N/A) and Ethan Moehn (PR: 2:27.27)
2017 All-American Distance Medley Relay teammates Jack Bruce and Ethan Moehn will get in some speed work in section of the 1,000-meter run. Although Bruce enters with no previous performance at that distance, his mile PR of 4 minutes .72 seconds speaks levels about the turnover capability of the tall Australian native.

Triple Jump
Featured Hogs: Rubin Owens (PR: 15.65m/51-4) and LaQuan Nairn (PR: 15.65m/51-4)
A fourth-place finisher at the 2017 SEC Indoor Championships Rubin Owens will take center stage for the Razorbacks in the triple jump at the Arkansas Invitational. Along with Owens, the Razorbacks will get a firsthand look at just what two-time NJCAA triple jump champion LaQuan Nairn is capable of.

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Indoor Home Slate
Arkansas Invitational, Friday, Jan. 12
Razorback Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27
Tyson Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10
Arkansas Qualifier, Friday, Feb. 16

*Upcoming meet

Season tickets are available online, contacting the Razorback Athletics Ticket Center at 800-982-HOGS, or visiting in person. The Ticket Center is located just east of Baum Stadium at 1295 S. Razorback Road in Fayetteville.

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