Fayetteville- Running in the medley relay for the first time this season, the Razorbacks broke the school record with a time of 9 minutes, 24.56 seconds in qualifying at Arkansas and moved up to 8th on the all-time collegiate roster.
It was a very quick distance shuffle inside the Randal Tyson Track Center with the Razorbacks finishing fifth in the race as the all-time collegiate roster totaled five top-eight additions. Arkansas’ previous record of 9:28.35 was set in 2009.
Amon Kemboi also produced a mark that ranks in the collegiate top 10 all-time with a time of 7:42.29 in the 3,000m that ranks fifth all-time on 200m inclined tracks. Kemboi went from No. 8 to No. 2 on UA’s all-time list, trailing only the school record of 7:38.59 set by Alistair Cragg in 2004.
Last week in Washington, Kemboi broke Cragg’s AU record in the 5,000m with a performance of 13:26.44.
“We had a good meeting all around,” Arkansas men’s coach Chris Bucknam said. “I’m really proud of our guys. It’s been a chore the past two weeks. Coming out of Tyson and into these encounters, we knew we had to do certain things.
“The DMR started today with a great race and a school record. It was perfect and the guys kind of let go and let go. We had five teams that all finished pretty close to each other. I’m just happy with the way these guys raced. Breaking the school record to this point is a very big effort on the part of our guys.
Washington won the distance medley relay race in 9:21.10, becoming the third fastest school behind the collegiate record of 9:19.42 set by Oregon at the Randal Tyson Track Center last January and a 9:20.75 by Ole Miss at the 2021 NCAA Championships, also takes place in Fayetteville.
Alabama finished second in 9:22.43, becoming the No. 4 school, while Oklahoma State clocked 9:22.70, the fifth-fastest school, along with Iowa State fourth in 9:24.07, No. 7 all-time. Heading into this weekend, Oklahoma had the best collegiate time with a 9:28.88 from the Razorback Invitational.
The Razorback quartet included a pair of runners making their debut on a distance medley relay with Andrew Kibet on the first 1,200m leg and Elias Schreml on the 1,600m anchor leg.
Kibet started things off for Arkansas with a 2:53.61 gap and James Benson II provided a 45.49 leg. Benson was the anchor leg in the 4×400 relay school record a week ago.
Kieran Taylor covered the 800m stage in 1:48.45 while Schreml, a freshman from Germany, pitched in 3:57.01.
“The goal was to stay really smooth, and that’s what we did today,” Taylor said. “It’s crazy to think that we’re fifth today, but a few years ago that was the university record. Not only that, it’s a school record. Doing better than the previous team is a great achievement.
“It’s a bit tricky in the DMR, because you want to run a fast time, but the position before the mile is really important. I probably could have taken the lead on my leg, but to sit down and make sure that the transfer was smooth with Elias in the right position was more important.
Schreml added: “It’s amazing, I was pretty sure we could do a fast time. I am very happy to be part of a school record.
Washington moved from fifth to first on the anchor leg as Brian Fay provided a 3:52.81 anchor while Alabama and Oklahoma State each had 3:55 anchor legs d ‘Eliud Kipsang (3:55.51) Ryan Schoppe (3:55.53) respectively.
The Huskies bettered the meet record of 9:29.87 set in 2008 by the Arkansas Track Club, which included Josephat Boit, Wallace Spearmon, James Hatch and Alistair Cragg.
Members of Arkansas’ previous school record oversized track performance in Washington included Al McClary, Ben Skidmore, Chris Bilbrew and Dorian Ulrey.
Zouhair Talbi of Oklahoma City won the 3,000m in a meet record 7:40.39 and became the third fastest middle schooler of all time. Iowa State’s Wesley Kiptoo finished third in 7:43.61, moving to No. 6 on the all-time college list.
The previous meet record of 7:52.17 was set by Ryan Vail in 2009.
Kemboi splits in 2:35.69 at 1k, 5:09.71 (2:34.02) at 2k and he covers the last 1k in 2:32.58.
“Amon had a hit in the 3k and he took advantage of it,” Bucknam noted. “It shows you the type of competitor Amon is, he knew it was his only chance to run that fast. He made it and is now No. 3 in the country this season and No. 2 on our all time list. the temperature.
A season best 7.66 saw Phillip Lemonious place second in the 60m hurdles and finish as the top middle schooler. His teammates Tre’Bien Gilbert (7.81) and Brevin Sims (7.93) finished fourth and fifth.
Ruben Banks hit a season-best mark of 68-9.25 (20.78) to place second in the shot put. In the pole vault, Etamar Bhastekar placed third with a clearance of 17-2.75 (5.25) while Rhett Nelson was seventh at 16-8.75 (5.10). Roman Turner’s season-best 6.71 earned him third place in the 60m.
Benson (21.23) also ran the 200m, placing fourth as teammate Rhayko Schwartz (21.46) was fifth. Ricardo Banks led a Razorback 4-5-6 finish in the 800m with a 1:49.33 as he was followed by Jadon Bartholomew (1:49.49) and Ethan Carney (1:50.08 PR).
The Arkansas alumni also provided outstanding performances. Laquan Nairn recorded his second consecutive victory in the long jump and improved his Bahamas national record to 26-10 (8.18) in a final round jump. His previous record of 26-9.25 (8.16) was set in Fayetteville in 2021.
Kemar Mowatt clocked the fastest time in the 400m at 46.94 as a collision with 100m remaining in a section with three Razorbacks nullified their efforts.
In an invitational mile, alumni Cameron Griffith (3:57.95) and Austen Dalquist (3:57.99) each recorded times under 4 minutes and the best marks of their careers. They then teamed up as bunnies to set the early pace in the 3,000m.
Another section of the mile included a career best 3:58.63 (3rd spot) for Jacob McLeod, who is a redshirt for Arkansas this indoor season, while newcomer and fellow redshirt Lexington Hilton posted a 4:02.37 (5and location).
Current Razorback Josh Shearer set a career best 4:06.65 as another section runner-up to finish ninth overall while Tommy Romanow was third in the section and 11and overall with a 4:10.13.