FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 11 Arkansas Razorbacks have qualified 11 athletes in eight events for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be held March 13-14 in the Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico.
Qualifying for the Razorbacks in the national championships are Kristoffer Hari (60m), Jeremy Farr (400m), Cameron Griffith (3,000m), Laquan Nairn (long jump and triple jump), and Markus Ballengee (heptathlon). Relay squads include Lesley Mahlakoane, Farr, Jalen Brown and Hunter Woodhall in the 4×400 relay along with Luke George, Travean Caldwell, Kieran Taylor and Griffith in the distance medley relay.
With eight entries in the meet, the Razorbacks are one of just three schools who are entered in eight different events with the other two programs being Florida and Oregon. Three other schools with entries in seven different events include Indiana, Texas, and Texas Tech.
Arkansas is just one of two schools to qualify in both relay events, the other being Minnesota. The Razorbacks have qualified the 4×400 relay 10 consecutive years to the NCAA Indoor meet, third best among current streaks in the event. This also marks the fourth consecutive year for Arkansas to qualify an individual in the heptathlon, which is the second longest streak.
The Razorbacks are the only school in the country which qualified in all four relay events, men’s and women’s 4×400 and distance medley relays.
National index ratings following the conference weekend have Arkansas in the No. 11 position. LSU moved into the No. 1 spot and are followed by Oregon, Northern Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M, Florida State, Iowa State and Tennessee among the top 10.
NCAA Indoor Championships – Arkansas Qualifiers
Men – 8 Events, 11 Athletes, 8 Entries
13) 6.62 Kristoffer Hari
11) 46.05 Jeremy Farr
14) 7:50.80 Cameron Griffith
3) 3:04.81 Arkansas (Lesley Mahlakoane, Jeremy Farr, Jalen Brown, Hunter Woodhall)
Distance Medley relay
7) 9:31.40 Arkansas (Luke George, Travean Caldwell, Kieran Taylor, Cameron Griffith)
5) 26-3 ¾ (8.02) Laquan Nairn
10) 52-0 ¼ (16.11) Laquan Nairn
9) 5706 Markus Ballengee