Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Arkansas to appear at UW Invitational this weekend...

Just did some snooping around, and it appears that this weekend’s UW Invitational meet at the Dempsey Indoor in Seattle will be chock full of track and field talent.

Although entries are still open as of Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm, a University of Washington source informs us that among the teams sending squads to Seattle are the University of Oregon, Stanford, California, UCLA, USC, BYU, Oral Roberts, and the University of Arkansas, which plans to send a distance medley relay team.

For the Razorbacks, the UW Invitational comes off the heels of last weekend’s Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, in which Dorian Ulrey punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships.

Ulrey clocked an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:57.60 in the mile, good for a second-place finish, behind German Fernandez of Oklahoma State’s 3:56.50, surpassing the previous world junior indoor best of 3:58.34 set by Kenya's Boaz Lalang in 2008.

Utley’s time ranks second in the NCAA, first in the SEC and No. 8 on the Arkansas all-time list.

While start lists have not been posted yet, an appearance by the Razorbacks would mean a possible appearance by former Washington state prep standouts Michael Chinchar (Kentwood HS) and twins Andy & Alex McClary (Shelton HS).

Start lists for the UW Invitational are projected to be posted on Thursday afternoon.

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