FAYETTEVILLE (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) - The No. 1 University of Arkansas men's track and field team opened competition at the Tyson Invitational Friday with first-place performances from Caleb Cross in the 60-meter hurdles and Patrick Rono at 800 meters. Additionally, the Razorbacks racked up nine personal-best results. Featuring more than 40 colleges and universities, including seven ranked men's teams, day two of the Tyson Invitational begins Saturday at 11 a.m. (CT) with field events. Running events start at 1 p.m.
Improving through each of the three rounds of the 60-meter hurdles Friday, Cross turned in a personal-best time of 7.65 to win the event. He finished just .01 seconds off the school record of 7.64 set by Michael Thomas in 2003. Based on times entering the weekend, Cross now has the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season. Cross replaced his previous best of 7.67 run last year at the NCAA Championships in Nampa, Idaho.
The Newport, Ark., began his day with a qualifying run of 7.89 in the preliminaries which was good for the sixth fastest of the opening round. Cross was the third-fastest qualifier for the final with this time of 7.73 in the semifinal round. From start to finish, he knocked .24 off his time over the course of three races.
"I was looking forward to three races in one day because there's room to do better after each race," Cross said. "After the prelims, I wasn't feeling so good but we worked on some things so I'm happy I got the win and a PR today. I had a better start today but that could be better and I'm always working on the finish. These next two weeks, I'll just work on staying consistent and on balance."