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ALLYSON FELIX SETS SEASON DEBUT AT AMERICAN TRACK LEAGUE; RYAN CROUSER TO ATTEMPT TO BEST HIS SHOT PUT WORLD RECORDWritten by David Deaton
Written by Shawn Price
FAYETTEVILLE, AR: The final weekend of the American Track League indoor season isFAYETTEVILLE, AR: The final weekend of the American Track League indoor season isheating up with the most decorated woman in U.S. track and field history, as nine-time Olympic medalist Allyson Felix will kick off her 2021 season with a double in the Zenni Blokz 60m andthe 200m sprint.
Olympic gold medalist and 100m world record holder Aries Merritt will also make his seasondebut in the 60m hurdles, presented by Zenni Eyewear.
Shot Put will be a feature event, as Ryan Crouser attempts to best his first throw of the ATLseason on Jan 24th that broke the indoor world record at 74 feet, 10.5 inches (22.82). Crouserfeels that with his rest and training, there is more there to accomplish. The women will also gettheir first chance this season to compete, featuring Raven Saunders who was fifth in the RioOlympics.
The American Track League 4 airs live from the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville,Arkansas on ESPN at 4pm Central. Visit the newly launched ATL merch store atatlmerchshop.com
The American Track League’s made-for-TV event series broadcast live on ESPN/ESPN2.The series, which features the top men’s and women’s track and field athletes in the world,are also part of the World Athletics 2021 Silver Label Tour, with support of USATF.
OSU Press Release
LUBBOCK, Texas – On Oklahoma State's second and final day of competition from Lubbock, Texas, Saara Hakanen's record-breaking performance in the triple jump and Ashton Hick's event win in the 600 yards shined brightest.
Hakanen put on a show from the field for the Cowgirls. The Kerala, Finland-native's 13.18m mark was enough to top a 17-year-old Cowgirl record held by Paula Ogunbanjo. Hakanen's new personal best earned her the fourth-place finish on the day and places her 5th in the Big 12 for the event this season.
Hicks earned his second-consecutive event win today in the 600 yards with a personal best time of 1:08.53 to go along with his event win in the same event from the Texas Tech Invite and Multis two weeks ago. The 2019 Indoor All American's time places him second in program history and first in the Big 12 on the season.
Freshman Kian Davis made his debut in the orange and black, earning the runner-up finish in the men's mile with a time of 4:19.15. Davis was joined in the top 10 by teammates Chris Middleton-Pearson, who finished in 6th place with a 4:25.06 run, and Nick Kenville in eighth, who crossed the line in 4:26.84.
In the field for the Cowboys, throws veteran Torrey Hickel led the Cowboys in the shot put. Hickel placed fifth with an indoor personal best 17.30m, a mark that places him seventh in the Big 12.
Middle distance racer Gabija Galvydyte had a particularly impressive day in the women's 600 yards, pacing the Cowgirls with a time of 1:22.59 and a fifth-place finish. Also in the top 10 of the event was Tori Ortiz in eighth (1:24.05), Michaela Travers in ninth place (1:24.14) and Nicolette Dixon crossing the line in 10th (1:24.25).
Capping off the weekend for the Pokes was the men's 4x400 meter relay team of Hicks, Justin Long, Cash Merutka and DJ McAruthur. The Cowboys finished sixth in the event, and their time of 3:10.21 marks the fifth-fastest in school history.
Up next for Oklahoma State track and field, a select group will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to compete in the Camel City Elite hosted by JDL Fast Track on February 19-20.
Men's Individual Results
10. Sam Mason - 13.72m
- Zac Robbins - NM
60 Meter Hurdles
11. Jake Dyer - 9.03
60 Meters (Qualifier)
20. Max Braht - 7.12
1. Juan Diego Castro - 1:48.29
9. Triston Read - 1:54.39
5. Stephen Mackenzie - 7.25m
8. Joshua Anadu - 6.64m
9. William Edmonds - 6.49m
15. Max Braht - 4.57m
1. Ashton Hicks - 1:08.53
4. Cash Merutka - 1:10.97
5. DJ McArthur - 1:11.08
8. Triston Read - 1:12. 85
11. Will Edmonds - 1:13.75
2. Kian Davis - 4:19.15
6. Chris Middleton-Pearson - 4:25.06
8. Nick Kenville - 4:26.84
5. Torrey Hickel - 17.30m
11. Sam Mason - 14.64m
12. Patrick Michaels - 14.00m
13. Zac Robbins - 13.95m
14. Jake Dyer - 12.86m
4x400 Meter Relay
6. Oklahoma State - 3:10.21
(A. Hicks, J. Long, C. Merutka, D. McArthur)
Women's Individual Results
10. Hannah Bradford - 15.84m
60 Meter Hurdles (Qualifier)
14. Megan Mann - 9.15
60 Meters (Qualifier)
11. Tori Ortiz - 7.68
15. Brooke Givens - 7.83
16. Nicolette Dixon - 7.85
DMR (Tyson Invitational)
4. Oklahoma State - 10:57.6
(G. Hentemann, C. Ollison, S. Moss, T. Roe)
2. Gabija Galvydyte - 2:10.51
3. Maddie Salek - 2:10.88
5. Rilee Rigdon - 2:14.01
8. Mackenzie Michael - 2:17.14
1. Ariadni Adamopoulou - 4.37m
9. Elissa Ray - 3.92m
12. Bailey Golden - 5.73m
13. Saara Hakanen - 5.71m
15. Ryan Roane - 5.67m
18. Bailey Golden - 11.71m
19. Maddie Meiner - 11.13m
11. Maddie Meiner - 1.66m
5. Gabija Galvydyte - 1:22.59
8. Tori Ortiz - 1:24.05
9. Michaela Travers - 1:24.14
10. Nicolette Dixon - 1:24.45
11. Rilee Rigdon - 1:24.58
13. Kalaya Ali - 1:26.11
18. Mackenzie Michael - 1:33.22
19. Megan Mann - 1:34.28
15. Brooke Givens - 24.79
4. Saara Hakanen - 13.18m
4x400 Meter Relay
5. Oklahoma State - 3:43.56
(T. Ortiz, N. Dixon, M. Travers, K. Ali)
OSU Press Release
STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State's 15th-ranked men's tennis team had a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday afternoon inside the Greenwood Tennis Center.
The Cowboys (3-0) got started by winning the doubles point from the Razorbacks. To light a fire under the squad, on court two the duo of Henrik Korsgaard and Mathieu Scaglia registered a 6-2 victory over Enrique Paya and Jose Dominguez. Dominik Kellovksy and Etienne Donnet dropped their match on court three to Alex Reco and Nico Rousset, 6-2, leaving the point to be decided on court one.
Henrik Korsgaard was the first Cowboy to strike in singles play, defeating Melvin Manuel, 6-2, 6-4, at the No. four spot.
On court two, Alex Reco would win over Kellovsky, 6-3, 6-4, to get the Razorbacks on the board. Enrique Paya took the victory on court six over Donnet, 6-2, 6-3, and Hudd would also drop his match on court three to Nico Rousset, 6-2, 7-5, putting Arkansas a point away from victory.
The match would come down to courts one and five. After fighting hard on court five, Scaglia secured the point.
In the first set, Adrien Burdet stole the tie-braker 7-6(10). Scaglia fought hard and came out victorious after taking the final two sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Vocel secured the first set in his match after sweeping the tie-breaker on court one, 7-6(7), over Maxim Verbone. Vocel dropped the second set, 6-4, but came out victorious in the third set, 7-5.
The Cowboys will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 20 when they travel to California to face USC and Pepperdine.
OU Athletics Press Release
FORT WORTH, Texas– Senior Anastasia Webb was perfect on vault and head coach K.J. Kindler earned her 400th win as the head coach of Oklahoma as the Sooners tallied the nation's highest score with a 198.225 Saturday night in a tri-meet at the annual Metroplex Challenge. OU defeated TWU (194.050) and Centenary (189.925) to claim its third straight title at the event.
Oklahoma is the third team to reach the 198 mark this season after Florida (198.150) and LSU (198.050) both recorded their season-high scores Friday night.
"This year, we kind of had a rough start and we've found our groove," senior Karrie Thomas said. "We're showing what our team is capable of and we have so much more in our tank to show everyone."
Kindler was sitting at 398 wins entering Saturday's meet in 15 seasons at Oklahoma. She needs just six more wins to reach 500 for her career as she sits at 494 in 21 total seasons as a head coach.
"This is pretty amazing and a great accomplishment to have as a coach," Thomas said. "I think that shows how incredible of a coach K.J. really is. She cares about each and everyone of us and dedicates her time to us and to OU and it shows how amazing she is. She's extremely dedicated and passionate. This score being her 400th win is a really proud moment."
Webb had a night to remember as she tallied a career-high 39.725 in the all-around. The senior took home four event titles, starting with vault, as she earned a 10.0. The perfect mark was the second of her career and first on vault. Webb also added titles on beam with a nearly perfect 9.975, floor with a 9.950 and the all-around. Two other Sooners took home event titles as senior Jordan Draper and sophomore Vanessa Deniz earned the title on bars with matching 9.9s.
"I think it's amazing that I got a perfect 10 my freshman year and then now my senior year," Webb said. "I think that's really special. Especially because it came on vault and I've been training hard in the gym on having that perfect landing and perfect form. To finally get that single moment, I was shocked and even started to cry when I saw the 10. Achieving the 39.700 in the all-around is a dream come true."
The Sooners tallied the second-highest score in program history in the first rotation with a 49.750 on vault. OU counted no scores lower than 9.925 on their way to the nation leading score. Webb was the highlight with her perfect score on a Yurchenko 1.5. Senior Evy Schoepfer was nearly perfect as she earned a career-high 9.975 on her tucked 1.5. Junior Allie Stern and freshman Katherine LeVasseur tallied match 9.925s on their Yurchenko 1.5s. Davis upgraded her vault this week to a 1.5 for a career-high 9.925 in the anchor spot.
"Audrey stuck after me on the first time doing that vault," Webb said. "I think she did a great job for just learning that vault and to stick it just shows her determination and confidence."
On bars, the Sooners notched a 49.350 to bring their total to 99.100 at the halfway point. Thomas led things off with a 9.875, while Webb added a 9.800. Draper and Deniz led the rotation with matching 9.9s, each nailing their dismounts and getting the stick. Davis anchored with a strong routine as usual for a 9.875.
The third rotation saw the Sooners post a 49.525 on beam, capped off by a nearly perfect performance from Webb as she earned a 9.975 in the anchor position. Thomas was inserted into the lineup in a new position and made the most of it with a career high 9.950 in the No. 5 spot. Schoepfer also earned a career high as she showed off a confident routine and stuck dismount for a 9.900. Sophomore Jenna Dunn got the rotation started with a 9.875 and a stuck landing, while Deniz also added a stuck dismount and tallied a career high 9.925. Audrey Davis tallied a 9.850 in the No. 4 spot to wrap up her impressive three event night.
OU finished up the meet with a season-high 49.500 on floor. Draper started floor off with a strong performance and high energy tumbling for a 9.900. Schoepfer followed with a 9.875 to wrap up a solid three event night. Junior Emma LaPinta was back in the lineup and had one of her strongest and most confident performances for a 9.875 in the No. 3 spot. Deniz added a 9.900 in the No. 5 spot as she competed in three events for the first time this season. Webb anchored with a season and career-best 9.950 to wrap up the meet for the Sooners.
The Sooners are back in action on Friday, Feb. 19, as they travel to Raleigh, N.C., to take on North Carolina State and George Washington.
|Vault||Anastasia Webb (OU)||10.0|
|Bars||Jordan Draper (OU), Vanessa Deniz (OU)||9.900|
|Beam||Anastasia Webb (OU)||9.975|
|Floor||Anastasia Webb (OU)||9.950|
|AA||Anastasia Webb (OU)||39.725|
|OU TEAM HIGHS|
Razorback Communications Press Release
Written by Jeri Thorpe
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas volleyball team posted a season-best 11 blocks and 11 service aces leading the Razorbacks to a three-set Southeastern Conference win over Alabama in Barnhill Arena Friday. Arkansas improves to 9-4 overall with the 25-13, 25-14, 25-19 win, while Alabama falls to 4-9 on the year.
Devyn Wheeler added a career-best 5 service aces while Taylor Head and Jillian Gillen finished with double figure kills in the win. The Razorbacks held Alabama to a -0.038 hitting percentage on the night.
Taylor Head | 12 kills | Her 10th match of the year in double figures
Jillian Gillen | 10 kills | Her 11th match of the year in double figures
Devyn Wheeler | 5 services aces | An individual season-best
How It Happened
Fast Start – Arkansas dashed out to a fast start in the first set with a 9-2 advantage to open the frame and never looked back. The Razorbacks lead by as many as nine before cruising to the 25-13 victory.
Blocks and Final Run – The second set was won at the net with the Razorbacks picking up seven team blocks led by Ellease Crumpton with five block assists in the frame. With Arkansas up, 6-4, the Razorbacks put together three consecutive blocks to force an Alabama time out as they stretched the lead, 9-4. The Tide responded with their best play of the match, chipping away, tying and taking the lead at 11-10. The Razorbacks rallied and finished with an 8-0 run for the 25-14 win.
Methodical – The final set was closer down the stretch with the teams tied at 15-all at one point. The slow and steady scoring of Arkansas allowed the Razorbacks to finish with a 7-4 run to capture the match victory.
The Razorbacks and Crimson Tide meet again in Barnhill Arena on Saturday. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m. The Razorbacks then travel to LSU and Florida before ending the season with four consecutive home contests.
Visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com for the latest information on all things Arkansas Volleyball. You can also find the Hogs on social media by liking us on Facebook (Arkansas Razorback Volleyball) and following us on Twitter and Instagram (@RazorbackVB).
Razorback Communications Press Release
Written by Mike Cawood
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FAYETTEVILLE – February 13 is a special day for the Arkansas men’s golf program.
The date is the birthday of Hudson LaMar Lais, the son of Razorback associate head coach Barret Lais and Jessica Lais. Hudson was born in 2011 but passed away in March 2016 due to a brain injury that led to a severe form of cerebral palsy.
The last family trip the Lais family was able to experience was one provided by the Make-A-Wish foundation. In turn, the Lais family annually raises money to help make those same dreams come true for others through the Make-A-Wish foundation.
“Hudson was always smiling,” said Barrett Lais. His wife Jessica added, “he just exuded happiness.”
This year, the Lais family is asking to everyone spread “happies” and posting those acts of kindness on social media with the hashtag #StrongLikeHudson.
- Spread “Happy” by an act of kindness:
From opening the door for a stranger to buying someone coffee or taking flowers to a nursing home, the more creative the better. Just make someone smile and tell them why.
- With your “Happy”, Give this card:
Print off THIS CARD to share with your happy or copy the image to share digitally.
- Share with us on social media:
Share a picture of your happy and use #StrongLikeHudson to share with us.
For more information, visit StrongLkeHudson.com.
OU Athletics Communication Press Release
NORMAN – Oklahoma senior women's golfer and Norman native Kaitlin Milligan has accepted an invitation from the Augusta National Golf Club to compete in the second annual Augusta National Women's Amateur on March 31-April 3 in Augusta, Ga.
Gathering in Augusta the week before the 85th Masters Tournament, 85 of the world's best amateur women's golfers will come together to create the most elite field in all of women's amateur golf. The field will play 54 holes to determine the second ANWA champion.
"On behalf of the membership at Augusta National, it is my distinct honor and privilege to welcome these talented competitors to the 2021 Augusta National Women's Amateur," said Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. "While the wait for the return of this championship has been longer than expected, the excitement generated by the sportsmanship and competitive spirit showcased in the inaugural edition still resonates with us today. We look forward to hosting this elite field this spring and showcasing the future of the women's game."
The first two rounds will take place on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 1. Following the second round, the field will be cut to 30 competitors.
After the entire field plays Augusta National for an official practice round Friday, April 2, the final round will take place at Augusta National on Saturday, April 3 and will feature the 30 competitors who made the cut.
"I'm so honored to get an invitation and even more excited to play in the Augusta National Women's Amateur this year," Milligan said. "We have had such a long break because of the pandemic and I'm so thankful to get the opportunity to play golf this year. The time off allowed me to get healthy and I once again feel confident in my game. I can't wait to get out there and see the course and environment. To get this opportunity is like a dream come true."
Milligan has assembled one of the most decorated careers in program history and holds a 72.85 career stroke average, second-lowest all-time by a Sooner. She possesses the Oklahoma and Big 12 records for the lowest round (62), as well as OU's lowest 54-hole tournament score (199; -17).
The senior has been the Sooners' top finisher nine times at tournaments, placing inside the top 10 each time, and owns 17 top-20 finishes as a collegian. She was named to the All-Big 12 Team as a freshman, finished inside the top 50 nationally as a sophomore and set the OU single-season scoring record (71.40) as a junior.
"Anytime that you get invited to play in a field and event like the ANWA, it's a huge opportunity. It's something that Kaitlin has worked for and earned," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. "It's one of the best tournaments in the country and great exposure for her, so I'm really excited to see what she'll do out there."
Milligan was extended the invitation after previously accepting an invite to the 2020 ANWA, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She follows former Sooner Julienne Soo, who competed at the inaugural ANWA in 2019. Oklahoma joins Texas as the only Big 12 schools to have a student-athlete appear in both tournaments.
"It's a huge honor for our program to have had someone play in each of the ANWA events so far," Drouin-Luttrell said. "It's really cool for our program and shows that we're doing the right things here at the University of Oklahoma to make sure that our student-athletes have the opportunities to play in events like this."
NBC Sports will produce and broadcast three hours (11 a.m.-2 p.m. CT) of live final-round coverage of the event at Augusta National. Golf Channel will deliver on-site highlights, live reports and news coverage throughout the event. Additionally, Golf Channel's "Live From the Masters" will commence on Friday, April 2 at Augusta National to provide coverage of the Augusta National Women's Amateur, the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals and the Masters Tournament.
Tickets to the Augusta National Women's Amateur are sold out following an online ticket application process.
Milligan and the Sooners start their spring season on Sunday, Feb. 14 in Melbourne, Fla., at the Moon Golf Invitational, which will host 14 ANWA players and five top-10 teams. The ninth-ranked Sooners are searching for their third Big 12 championship of the Drouin-Luttrell era.
OSU Press Release
OU and Little Rock Notes (PDF)
STILLWATER - The No. 5 Oklahoma State wrestling team will face its third-straight ranked opponent when they travel to Norman to face No. 19 Oklahoma. Following the first Bedlam dual of the season, the Pokes will return to Gallagher-Iba Arena for the first time since Jan. 10, to wrestle Little Rock for the second time this season.
at No. 19 Oklahoma – Feb. 7, 2021/ 1 p.m. CT
Location: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Okla.
Watch: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Listen: Hot 93.7 KSPI-FM
Live Stats: Trackwrestling.com
vs. Little Rock – Feb. 7, 2021/ 7 p.m. CT
Location: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Okla.
Watch: Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Listen: Hot 93.7 KSPI-FM
Live Stats: Trackwrestling.com
The fifth-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team (7-0 overall; 3-0 Big 12) caps off a stretch of four-straight weekends on the road with a dual against No. 19 Oklahoma in Norman on Sunday. The first Bedlam dual of the season will begin at 1 p.m. in the Lloyd Noble Center. Later that night, the Pokes return to Gallagher-Iba Arena for the first time since Jan. 10 for their second bout of the season with Little Rock. Extra matches will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the main dual at 7 p.m. OSU is coming off a trip to Iowa where they defeated No. 16 Northern Iowa, 20-12, and No. 13 Iowa State, 16-15, for its first ranked wins of the season.
The Series – Oklahoma
The Bedlam dual series dates back to 1920, a bout that Oklahoma State won a staggering 50-0 in Stillwater. OSU leads the all-time rivalry series 143-27-10. Sunday's dual marks the 181st time the two teams have met for dual competition. In the 2019-2020 season, the Cowboys and Sooners met twice for the first time since 2017-2018 with OSU taking both matches. The Pokes upended OU 23-9 in Norman before defeating the Sooners 27-8 on senior day in February. Lou Rosselli is 0-6 against the Cowboys since taking over the program in 2016. OSU has won 18 of the last 19 duals and holds a 62-15-8 record in Norman. The most recent win for the Sooners was a 16-15 win at home in 2013.
The Series – Little Rock
Oklahoma State and Little Rock met for the first time on Jan. 17. The Cowboys routed Little Rock winning 36-4 with the only win for the Trojans coming at 133 pounds. The Trojans traveled to Stillwater to compete in the quad-meet Oklahoma State hosted welcoming Oregon State and Chattanooga to open the season, but the two squads did not wrestle.
With a 34-2 record at Oklahoma State, sophomore Travis Wittlake is tied for 13th in career winning percentage of wrestlers with a minimum of 30 career bouts at OSU. At 94.44%, he is tied with teammate Daton Fix who also holds a 34-2 and head coach John Smith who went 152-8 in his legendary career as a Cowboy.
Fast Start for the Freshmen
A part of the nation's No. 1 signing class, three true freshmen have started in every dual for the Cowboys this season. The trio has combined to go 20-1 with 10 wins coming with bonus points up to this point.
At 125 pounds, Trevor Mastrogiovanni has filled the void left behind by three-time All-American and four-time Big 12 champion Nick Piccininni. Through his first seven dual matches, Mastrogiovanni has gone 6-1 and is ranked No. 15 in the country in his weight class. In a crowded lineup at the 174 and 184 weights, No. 2 overall recruit Dustin Plott has stood out in his first collegiate matches. The Tuttle, Okla. native has tacked on bonus points in four of his six matches. He picked up the first fall of his young career when he pinned Little Rock's Triston Wills in the first period on Jan. 10. The only recruit ranked higher than Plott in the class of 2020 was his own teammate AJ Ferrari. Ferrari has adjusted quickly to the college ranks starting the season 7-0 and being ranked as high as No. 9 at 197 pounds. In November, Ferrari won the UWW Junior Nationals tournament outscoring his opponents 37-1 on his route to the 92 kg championship.
A Pair of Oklahoma State Wins Would...
• Move the Cowboys to 9-0 on the season; advance their conference record to 4-0
• Mark OSU's 12th-consecutive win against Oklahoma; 2nd straight against Little Rock
• Improve coach Smith's record against OU to 50-6-3; 2-0 against the Trojans
• Push Oklahoma State's road record to 6-0 on the season
• Advance the Cowboys' record against ranked opponents to 3-0 on the season
Cowboys in the Polls
Oklahoma State's roster features 10 wrestlers ranked in various polls this week, with seven holding spots inside the top-10. Sophomore 133-pounder Daton Fix is the consensus No. 1 wrestler at 133 pounds and is the highest ranked Cowboy. Not far behind Fix are teammates and returning Big 12 individual champions Boo Lewallen and Travis Wittlake. Lewallen (149) ranks No. 4 among all of the polls, while Wittlake (165) ranges from No. 3 to a No. 5 ranking from FloWrestling. Three true freshmen appeared in the rankings after excellent starts to their college careers. Trevor Mastrogiovannii (125) has started the season 7-1 and is ranked as high as No. 15 by Intermat. 174-pounder Dustin Plott holds the highest ranking among the freshman claiming the No. 8 spot in TOM's poll. Finally, AJ Ferrari (197) appears in three of the four rankings, including a No. 9 spot in WIN's poll after a 7-0 start to his freshman campaign. Wyatt Sheets remains as high as No. 6 at 157 pounds after making his first dual starts of the season for the Cowboys against UNI and Iowa State. Senior Dakota Geer is ranked as high as No. 7 and as low as No. 13 at 184 pounds where he was an All-American in 2019 after wrestling at 197 pounds last season. Austin Harris appeared in The Open Mat's poll for the third-consecutive week. With a 5-2 start to the season and a major decision over Air Force's Wyatt Hendrickson, Harris landed at No. 25 in the heavyweight division this week.
Oklahoma State's day begins with a 1 p.m. Bedlam dual in Norman that will be aired on Fox Sports Oklahoma. When the Cowboys return home later that day for their second bout of the season against Little Rock, the match will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Lee Roy Smith and J Carl Guymon on the call. Both matches can be heard on Hot 93.7 KSPI FM with Rex Holt on the call beginning 30 minutes prior to the start of the dual. Live stats for both matches can be found on TrackWrestling.com.
Razorback Communications Press Release
Written by Ben Breitbach
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Razorback Men’s Tennis (4-0) gets its first Power 5 test on Saturday afternoon with a match against the Washington Huskies (2-0) at the Billingsley Tennis Center. First serve on February 6 is set for 3 p.m. CT in Fayetteville.
Match 5 Info
Opponent: Washington Huskies
Date: Saturday, Feb. 6
Location: Billingsley Tennis Center
First Serve: 3 p.m. CT
Live stats: bit.ly/3tpCbEJ
Last Time Out
The Razorbacks won their fourth-straight match of the spring with a 5-2 win against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Wednesday afternoon. It was the fourth win in five years against Tulsa for the Hogs.
Arkansas won its third-straight doubles point by sweeping all three matches. At the No. 1 position Maxim Verboven and Hunter Harrison knocked off the 29th ranked pairing of Connor Di Marco and Kody Pearson by a score of 6-1. Enrique Paya and Jose Dominguez Alonso stayed undefeated as a duo with a 6-1 win over Kamdem/Thelwall-Jones while Alex Reco and Nico Rousset won their second-straight at the No. 3 spot.
Singles play was highlighted by freshman Adrien Burdet raising his record to 4-0 as a Razorback with a straight set win over Juan-Pablo Cenoz at the No. 5 position. After dropping his first set of the year, Melvin Manuel battled back in the next two sets to win 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 against Stefan Hampe. Enrique Paya clinched the victory with a third set win at No. 6 while 72nd-ranked Reco won in a third set tiebreak over Ezequiel Santalla.
Scouting the Huskies
Washington has only competed in a doubleheader with Eastern Washington, both 7-0 sweeps for the Huskies. Jack Davis and Clement Chidekh split the top spot for the Huskies with both winning in straight sets. Davis was ranked No. 65 in the ITA preseason rankings released on January 13th. UW took all six doubles matches in the doubleheader with Eastern Washington.
The Huskies will play at Tulsa today at 5 p.m. CT before making the trip to Fayetteville on Saturday.
>> The Razorbacks last faced UW in 2010 and are looking for their first win against the Huskies since 1994.
>> Four Razorbacks currently boast 4-0 records in single play, including Alex Reco who was ranked No. 72 in the ITA preseason poll.
>> The doubles pairing of Enrique Paya and Jose Dominguez Alonso has gone undefeated this season after being moved up to the No. 2 position following the first match against Omaha.
>> Arkansas has opened the season at 4-0 for the third time in 10 seasons.
Razorback Communications Press Release
Written by Shawn Price
FAYTETTEVILLE, Ark. – An eight-team field will square off in the Arkansas Qualifier on Friday in the Randal Tyson Track Center. Hosting a fourth consecutive home meet, the No. 2 Razorbacks are still expecting a few season debuts among its squad in this meet.
Joining Arkansas this week are Arizona, No. 19 Arizona State, Kansas, No. 21 Kansas State, Missouri, UCLA, and Washington State. Field events begin at noon with running events following at 2 p.m., when the live stream on SEC Network + starts.
“Competition-wise it’s great to see new faces and programs,” said Razorback men’s head coach Chris Bucknam. “It’s good for the sport and it’s good for us when we are able to bring those teams in here. The variety of teams is great for our guys.
“We hope that we get a few guys debuting this weekend, which includes Kris Hari (60), Phillip Lemonious (60H) and Andrew Kibet (800).”
Hari set a national record for Denmark during the 2020 indoor season with a time of 6.62, which ranks him third on the Razorback all-time list. Lemonious, the 2020 NJCAA champion in the hurdles has a career best of 7.75, while Kibet, a NJCAA champion in the mile and 1,000m with career best times of 4:04.51 and 2:25.90 will race in the 800 where his best is 1:53.92 indoors.
The Razorbacks have four hurdlers racing on Friday, including Tre’Bien Gilbert, who posted his first collegiate hurdle victory last weekend. Joining Kibet in the 800 is teammate Kieran Taylor, who produced a career best of 1:48.66 as runner-up recently.
Another key race for Arkansas is the 3,000m and the return of Amon Kemboi, who missed action last week in the Razorback Invitational. Racing with Kemboi will be a crew that includes Gilbert Boit, Emmanuel Cheboson, Jacob McLeod, Myles Richter, Tommy Romanow, and Josh Shearer. Racing in the mile for the Razorbacks are Luke George and Reese Walters.
“The 3,000m is going to be real important for us since we missed a wonderful opportunity last week with Amon Kemboi not being able to race due to contact tracing with an eventual false-positive,” explained Bucknam. “We have to get him in a 3k this weekend.”
An Arkansas crew of James Milholen, Rhayko Schwartz, Ethan Carney, and Jadon Bartholomew will contest the 400m. In the 200m the Hogs have Tylin Jackson, Rashad Boyd, and Cade Clark racing in separate sections.
Fast times inside the Tyson Center were prevalent last weekend in various events with the combination of elite athletes and a new Mondo surface.
“It’s a phenomenal facility,” stated Bucknam. “Obviously, having fast people on it makes a difference. With the new surface on the banked oval, as well as the straightaway for the 60 and hurdles, the reviews that we’re getting from the athletes are very good and the results are showing it.”
Currently, with Arkansas hosting collegiate and professional meets, 14 world-leading marks for the 2021 indoor season have been set inside the Randal Tyson Track Center. For the men, those events include 60, 400, 800, mile, 60 hurdles, shot put, and distance medley relay.