Top-ranked Arkansas takes three titles at first home meet of season
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas hosted its first outdoor meet of the season, winning three events on the newly resurfaced track at John McDonnell Field. In addition, Arkansas earned several NCAA qualifying marks and took home two personal-best performances.
Tomas Squella earned the first win of the day in the 1,500-meter with a time of 3:48.73, followed by Andrew Pisechko in second place with 3:40.20.
Pete Mirocke built on his success from last season’s spring invite, winning the team’s second event title of the day with a personal-best throw of 216-9 in the javelin. Mirocke surpassed his previous mark of 202-11, which was recorded at last year’s event at John McDonnell Field. Mirocke now ranks No. 7 all-time in Arkansas history.
With a clearance of 17-0.75, Andrew Irwin won the pole vault competition, picking up the team’s third title of the day and his best performance of the season so far.
Following a runner-up finish in the 400-meter, earning the second-fastest time in the nation, Neil Braddy ran a leg of the 4x100-meter relay team that finished third overall, second out of the college competition. The quartet of Curtis Brown, Jarrion Lawson, Braddy and Travis Southard earned a third-place finish in 39.97, the second-fastest time in the nation.
Later in the day, Lawson set a new personal-best in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.12, taking down his previous record of 21.20 set at the Arkansas-Oregon Dual in 2013. The time was good for a fourth-place finish.