COLLEGE STATION, Texas — In its second meet of the year, and first on the road, the No. 1 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team collected five event wins, four personal-best efforts and a meet record Saturday afternoon at the Texas A&M Triangular. The Razorbacks were paced by winning efforts from Tarik Batchelor, Caleb Cross, Kevin Lazas, Tomas Squella and Cale Wallace.
Saturday’s meet at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Station, Texas, was a scored meet featuring the top-ranked Razorbacks, No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 10 LSU. Arkansas finished the meet in second place with 99 points in the team standings. The host Aggies won the meet with 128.5 points and LSU was third with 82.5 points.
Cross picked up the Razorbacks’ first win of the day with his win in the 60-meter hurdles. Running in the first of two sections, the Newport, Ark., native crossed the finish line in 7.89. The result marked Cross’ second win in as many weeks. He won the 60 meters last weekend at the season-opening dual meet with Texas. Cross was also the team’s top performer at 60 meters Saturday.
At 800 meters, Squella pulled away for a victory in a time of 1:49.81. He was the only sub-1:50 performer in Saturday’s competition. He was followed by Ryan Thomas in fourth place and Drew Butler in sixth. The win was Squella’s second of the season after last weekend’s victory at 1,000 meters during the Arkansas-Texas Dual.
The Razorbacks posted a 1-2 performance at 3,000 meters and were led in the event by Wallace, the reigning Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week. He crossed the finish line in 8:21.27, just ahead of teammate Cameron Efurd who followed in second place with a personal-best time of 8:22.41. Based on times entering the weekend, Wallace’s time at 3,000 meters ranks second in the SEC.