Lance Lang and Jaydon Hibbert highlight impressive new additions to the Razorbacks roster
FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas men’s track and field has announced additional transfers who will join the Razorbacks for the 2022-23 season, along with a talented high school jumper from Jamaica.
The impressive transfer group includes Christopher Bailey (Tennessee), Tai Brown (Kentucky), Lance Lang (Kentucky), Tristan LaVan (Central Arkansas), Kason O’Riley (Oklahoma), Yariel Soto (Tennessee) and Austin Wallace (UW). -Milwaukee).
Also joining the Arkansas program is 17-year-old Jaydon Hibbert of Kingston College High School in Jamaica, becoming the fifth current athlete from the storied program to be part of the Razorback roster for the upcoming season.
Other Kingston College Razorbacks include Wayne Pinnock, Carey McLeod, Shakwon Coke and Ralford Mullings.
Arkansas alumni who attended Kingston College include Olympian and World Championship competitor Alain Bailey, Tarik Batchelor, Omar McLeod and Clive Pullen. This talented group boasts an Olympic gold medalist, a World Championship gold medalist, seven NCAA titles, 11 SEC titles and 19 first-team All-America achievements.
As a 16-year-old, Hibbert won a silver medal in the triple jump at the 2021 World U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. Hibbert won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump at the 2021 NACAC U18. This season he won the long jump and triple jump at the CARIFTA U20 meeting.
Later this summer, Hibbert will represent Jamaica at the 2022 World U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Last season, Hibbert captured the triple jump titles at the Jamaica Athletics Championships for both boys and girls with a winning margin of 54-8 (16.66), a championship record and Jamaica’s U18 national record, making him the No 5th performer on the all-time global U18 list.
When he won the long jump at Champs, Hibbert posted a career high of 25-10 (7.87).
During this spring’s CARIFTA Games, Hibbert set the meeting triple jump record with a performance of 54:0 (16.46), followed by a wind assisted jump of 55:11.25 (17.05) at +2, 8 winds. The long jump secured victory with 25:0 (7.62).
At the 2022 Jamaican Championships, Hibbert won the triple jump with a score of 53-10.25 (16.41), defeating Jordan Scott (53-5.75 | 16.30). Hibbert produced his first-lap win attempt in a -1.2 headwind. Scott won the 2019 NCAA indoor title competing for Virginia.
Bailey, a 400m sprinter with a career best 45.25, was a member of the Tennessee 4 x 400m relay that won a bronze medal at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 3:04.10. Bailey delivered a 44.79 split in the second leg.
During the 2021 SEC Indoor meeting, Bailey ran the 4 x 400m relay winner (3:04.08) and placed third over medley (9:36.41). He shared a 44.66 on the second leg of the 4 x 400m, second fastest in the competition.
At the 2021 SEC outdoor meeting, Bailey finished seventh in the 400m final. He posted times of 45.51 in the heats and 46.03 in the 400m conference finals, then ran 45.81 and 45.69 in the NCAA East preliminary rounds to advance to the NCAA Championships.
A sprinter in Kentucky, Lang set sports career personal bests of 6.61 (60 m), 10.08 (100 m), and 20.08 (200). He has scored six times in national championships and won a silver and a bronze medal in the 4 x 400 meter relay. At SEC championships, Lang has collected two gold, three silver, and three bronze medals.
Lang finished fifth in the 2022 NCAA Indoor 200m final and ran the bronze medal in the 4 x 400m relay (3:04.64). During the SEC indoor meeting, Lang won the 200m gold in 20.32, finished third in the 60 with a 6.60 after a 6.65 in the preliminary round, and was a bronze medalist in the 4 x 400m relay (3:04.04 ).
At the 2022 SEC Outdoor Championships, Lang ran the second stage in the silver-medal 4 × 400 m relay, which set a school record of 2:59.93.
In the 2021 season, Lang finished fourth in the 100m (10.07W) and 200m (20.08), then ran the second stage with the winning 4 x 400m relay (3:01.71). He posted his career best of 10.08 in the NCAA East preliminary and had a windy best of 20.06 in the 200m.
Bailey ran the 4 x 400-meter relay and placed fifth at both the 2022 SEC Indoors and the NCAA Indoors. Bailey tied in the second leg at 45.64 after a 3:05.89 performance at the NCAAs. During the conference meeting, he shared 44.68 as the second leg with a performance of 3:05.64, the fastest split of the meeting.
Brown competed in the hurdles in Kentucky, where he posted career best times of 13.50 in the 110m hurdles and 7.72 in the 60m hurdles.
At the 2021 NCAA Outdoor meeting, Brown finished ninth in the 110-meter hurdles with a 13.89 after scoring 13.68 in the semifinals. During the NCAA East preliminary round, Brown had wind-assisted times of 13.47 (2.7) and 13.41 (2.2).
At the 2021 SEC outdoor meeting, Brown finished seventh in the finals with a 13.57 W. At the 2021 Hall Conference Meeting, he finished sixth in the 60m hurdles with a 7.84 after a 7.83 in the heats. Brown also finished sixth in the 60m hurdles at the 2020 SEC Indoor with times of 7.81 and 7.90.
Brown placed fourth (13.68) and finished 13th in the 2019 SEC Outdoor 110m hurdlesth in the NCAA semifinals (13.71).
At the 2019 USATF U20 Championships, Brown took the silver in 13.21 in the junior hurdles where he ranks 15th in the world all-time rankings. He also won silver at the Pan American Junior Championships with a W13.36.
A 400m sprinter in Central Arkansas with a career best 46.21, LaVan won the ASUN Conference title in 46.77 and ran the silver medal in the 4 x 400m relay. Indoors, LaVan took the silver in the conference meeting with 47.46 and the bronze medal in the 4 x 400m relay.
In 2021, participating in the Southland Conference, LaVan placed sixth in the 400m while the 4 x 400m relay placed fifth.
O’Riley, a high jumper in Oklahoma, qualified as a freshman for the 2022 NCAA Championships. A silver medalist at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, he has a career best of 7-2.25 (2.19). Also 7-2.25 indoor, fourth in Lubbock.
As a Texas prep at Marble Falls High School, O’Riley won the 2021 Nike Outdoor Nationals (7-0.25 | 2.14) as well as the UIL State 5A title (6-11.75 | 2.13), both of which the best grades of her career were time.
Soto competed in the heptathlon and decathlon for the volunteers. At the recent NCAA championships in June, Soto finished 10thth in the decathlon with 7,668 points. At the SEC Championships, he took bronze in the decathlon with 7,600 points.
Soto posted a career-best 7.667 in 2022 and finished third in the Tennessee Relays decathlon.
Indoors, Soto finished ninth in the NCAA heptathlon with a career-high 5,832 points. He took bronze in the SEC heptathlon with a total of 5,760 points.
Wallace is a conference champion from UW-Milwaukee, where he had career-best scores of 7,355 in the decathlon and 5,557 in the heptathlon. Wallace set his decathlon best as runner-up at Texas A&M last April, while his heptathlon best last season indoors won the John Garland Invitational.
Wallace, who competed in the 2022 Horizon League, defended his heptathlon title with 4,977 points while also finishing third in the 60-meter hurdles (8.09). At the 2021 Horizon League outdoor meeting, Wallace won the decathlon, placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles and long jump, and placed sixth in the pole vault.