Kemboi and Brown score on Day 1 of NCAA Indoor


Birmingham, Alabama – Arkansas totaled three points in the day one final at the NCAA Indoor Championships, earning a pair of points from Amon Kemboi in the 5,000m and a single point from Ryan Brown in the long jump on Friday at the CrossPlex from Birmingham.

The action continues Saturday with Arkansas involved in the 3000m and 4×400 relays along with the rest of the heptathlon.

Kemboi, seeded 16th in the 5,000m, improved over half the field to take seventh place in 13:29.04 and pick up a pair of points. He will run the 3,000m on Saturday.

Brown had a better score of 24-5.5 (7.45) in the second round of the long jump and that mark held for eighth place by just a pair of inches for a Razorback point. John Baker finished 14th in the competition.

The other men’s final held on Friday included the medley relay, where the Razorback placed ninth in 9:30.86, just behind the last scoring position held by Michigan in 9:30.46. Texas won the event with an install record of 9:25.20 over Notre Dame (9:25.77) and Wisconsin (9:25.78).

Andrew Kibet (2:55.40), Brandon Battle (46.13), Leroy Russell (1:49.25) and Elias Schreml (3:59.81) raced in the medley distance for Arkansas. Battle produced the second-fastest time on the shortest leg of the relay, behind a 45.96 by Willington Wright of Texas.

On day one of the heptathlon, Ayden Owens is currently in fifth place with 3,340 points while Daniel Spejcher is 12th with 3,149 points. Georgian Kyle Garland leads the heptathlon after four events with a score of 3,592 points, 30 points ahead of Leo Neugebauer of Texas (3,562).

Owens, who had a score of 3,476 on day one when he set the UA school record of 6,272, started with a 6.89 in the 60m (922 points) and then landed a long jump from 23-6.75 (7.18) (857). In the shot put, he hit a mark of 48-11.75 (14.93) to score 785 points. A high jump of 6-5.5 (1.87) for 776 points closed the first day.

Qualifying for Saturday’s Finals didn’t go as well as Arkansas had hoped with a pair of Razorbacks narrowly missing out on making the Finals in their respective events.

Kieran Taylor clocked 1:48.09 in the 800m, placing fifth in the first section and ninth overall. The last qualifying time was 1:48.00. James Benson II finished third in a preliminary run of the 400m and his 46.65 placed 10and in total, with 46.57 the last qualifying time for the final.

In the 60m hurdles, a 7.83 for Phillip Lemonious placed him seventh in the preliminary run and 14th overall.

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