SEATTLE, Wash. -- The 3,000 meters was another stellar event for Arkansas Razorback men’s track and field on day two of the UW Invitational in Seattle, Wash.
Coming off a superb mile anchor on the distance medley relay, junior Dorian Ulrey stunned the crowd again by winning the invitational 3,000 meters. Teammate and senior Shawn Forrest led for most of the race and was passed by Ulrey coming off the final turn.
"What an outstanding effort we had in all our events this weekend," head coach Chris Bucknam said."I’m so happy I finally got to see Shawn (Forrest) and James (Strang) run and they competed well. Dorian (Ulrey) is in such great shape and it’s showing in the way he races. Another automatic time, I really can’t ask for anything more. Our young guys, Ben Skidmore, Travis Nollsch, Jake Stephens and Chris Bilbrew, really competed well this weekend and it’s encouraging to see them go out and race the way they did."
Ulrey’s winning time in the 3K, 7:50.86, is the national leader, the SEC leader and automatically qualifies him for the NCAA Championships in March. Ulrey is now automatically qualified for three events at the NCAA Championships – the mile, the 3,000 meters and the DMR.
Ulrey’s 3,000-meter clocking also ranks No. 6 on Arkansas’ all-time list. For the third race in the last seven days, Ulrey has inked his name to the Arkansas record books. He also ranks No. 1 on the Arkansas list as a member of the DMR and No. 9 for his 3:57.66 mile.
Forrest finished second with a 7:51.07, also an automatic qualifier. His time ranks second in the NCAA and second in the SEC. Forrest holds the No. 7 spot on the Arkansas all-time list.
In his season debut, NCAA All-American James Strang finished 12th in the 3,000 meters. He clocked a time of 8:07.39. His time ranks fifth in the SEC and just missed the NCAA provisional time of 8:05.
Alex McClary, coming off a stellar performance in Friday night’s distance medley relay, rebounded well with an NCAA provisional-qualifying time in the 800 meters. Clocking a 1:50.02, he ranks second in the SEC and seventh nationally.
In the mile run, Duncan Phillips clocked a 4:05.15 while Michael Chinchar ran a 4:06.79. In the 400 meters, Stephens clocked a 48.22, Skidmore finished with a 48.41 and Nollsch ran a 48.61.
To end a solid weekend of competition, Arkansas won the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet of Skidmore, Nollsch, Stephens and Bilbrew combined for a time of 3:15.41. Bilbrew, in his third race of the weekend, chased down Oregon, Washington, Stanford, BYU and Oral Roberts to take the tape.