FAYETTEVILLE — Senior Kenzo Cotton moved into the nation’s top-25 in this year’s first appearance in the 200-meter dash as the final day of the Tyson Invitational was highlighted by with sprints and relays from some of the country’s best athletes inside the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Following his stellar showing Friday that saw him move into the top-4 nationally in the 60-meter days, Cotton finished fourth with a time of 20.79 in his first 200 meter dash of the year. The finish was just ahead of fellow Razorback junior Roy Ejiakuekwu who placed fifth at 20.89.
“I thought overall it was a great team performance,” said Cotton. ” I was happy with my races, but still have lots to improve on.”
In the final event of the afternoon, the Arkansas ‘A’ 4-x-400 meter relay team improved its season’s best time by more than three seconds despite a botched handoff in the second exchange.
“It’s extremely frustrating especially after running such a good first two legs,” said Igbokwe. “However, it’s important to remember that we improved a lot and that we have so much more to go.”
Off The Track
Senior Rubin Owens finished in a tie for third place in the collegiate high jump with a height of 6-11½ to set a new personal record by a quarter of an inch.
In the high jump invitational, sophomore Jah-Nhai Perinchief led the Razorbacks at 6-11½, to place third in his debut in the event.
Redshirt junior Sam Kempka set a personal record in shot put with a distance of 57-2¼, eclipsing his former PR by nearly eight inches, while finishing sixth to lead Arkansas in the event.
Cameron Griffith was the Razorbacks’ best finisher in Seattle, Washington at the Husky Classic, finishing second in the 3,000 meters at 7:49.78.
Arkansas will take a two week break from action and return Friday, Feb. 16, for the Arkansas Qualifier inside the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.
February 10, 2018
Randal Tyson Track Center (Fayetteville)
3. Rubin Owens – 6-11½ PR
200 Meter Dash
6. Kevin Harris – 21.42
200 Meter Dash Invitational
4. Kenzo Cotton – 20.79
5. Roy Ejiakuekwu – 20.89
4-x-400 Meter Relay Invitational
2. Arkansas A. Igbokwe, Mowatt, Schwartz, Winn – 3:05.66
5. Arkansas B. Roy, Winn, Donald, Chambers – 3:08.57
8. Sam Kempka – 55-8¼ PR
18. Gabe Moore – 45-3¾
High Jump Invitational
3. Jah-Nhai Perinchief – 6-11½ PR
9. Brendon Riveria – 6-7½
Triple Jump Invitational
10. Rubin Owens – 51-3¾
February 10, 2018
Dempsey Indoor Track (Seattle, Wash.)
39. Kyle Hosting – 4:08.55
60. Colin O’Mara 4:12.54
2. Cameron Griffith – 7:49.48
39. Kyle Levermore – 8:08.40