Newport alum Caleb Cross finishes 2nd in 60 meter hurdles at Meyo Invitational

FAYETTEVILLE (UofA) - On the final day of competition at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind., the No. 1 University of Arkansas men's track and field team picked up a top-three sweep, led by Leoman Momoh, in the 800 meters and a runner-up performance in the 60-meter hurdles from Caleb Cross. The Meyo Invitational was the Razorbacks' first road competition of the season.

Running in the invitational sections of the 800 meters, the Razorbacks placed four in the top six including an event win by Momoh. The Arkansas junior finished first in a personal-best time of 1:49.51, his second sub-1:50 effort of the season. Anthony Lieghio crossed the line in 1:49.69, good for second place, and Drew Butler finished in third place with a personal-best 1:49.71. In sixth place, Duncan Phillips clocked in at 1:50.01 to round out the team's showing in the event.

Cross, having qualified Friday evening for today's final, ran to a time of 7.88 to notch a second-place result in the 60-meter hurdles. Through the first four competitions of the season, Cross now has one win, two runner-up finishes and a fourth-place result.

In the invitational Meyo mile, Omar Abdi was Arkansas' top performer in the race. He finished the race in a personal-best time of 4:04.65 and finished in eighth place. The time for Abdi is nearly four seconds faster than his previous best. Michael Chinchar posted a season-best 4:09.63 to finish 10th and Patrick Rono, in his first collegiate mile, finished 12th in a time of 4:12.58.

Eric Fernandez made his season debut Saturday in the invitational Ryan Shay 3,000 meters. In his first race since the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships in November, Fernandez posted a time of 8:16.23 to finish in 15th place overall.

With the completion of the Meyo Invitational, the Razorbacks return to their home track next weekend for the Tyson Invitational and USATF Classic. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit

Meyo Invitational
Day 2 Results

800 meters (invitational section)
1. Leoman Momoh - 1:49.51 (PR)
2. Anthony Lieghio - 1:49.69
3. Drew Butler - 1:49.71 (PR)
6. Duncan Phillips - 1:50.01

Meyo mile (invitational section)
8. Omar Abdi - 4:04.65 (PR)
10. Michael Chinchar - 4:09.63 (SB)
12. Patrick Rono - 4:12.58

Ryan Shay 3,000 meters (invitational section)
15. Eric Fernandez - 8:16.23

60-meter hurdles (finals)
2. Caleb Cross - 7.88