Liberty-Eylau grad Lawson wins at USA indoor meet

Long jumper Jarrion Lawson and pole vaulter Sandi Morris, both former University of Arkansas NCAA champions, won their events recently at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Spokane, Wash.

Lawson, a Liberty-Eylau graduate, won Sunday with a leap of 26-10 1/2 on his final attempt to move from fourth to first place.

Morris cleared 15-9 to defeat 2020 Olympic champion Katie Nageotte, whose top mark was 15-7.

Lawson and Morris, the 2016 Olympics silver medalist, qualified for the World Championships, which will be held March 11-13 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Ryan Crouser, a former Arkansas volunteer assistant coach, won the shotput with a meet record mark of 74-3/4.

Former Razorback Marqueze Washington finished third in the 400 in 46.15. He could be included on the 1,600-meter relay for the World Championships.

Former Razorbacks who also competed on Sunday included Kiara Parker (fifth in the 60 in 7.20), Nikki Hiltz (sixth in the 1,500 in 4:10.87) and Erich Sullins (eighth in the weight throw at 74-6).

Jeff Henderson, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the long jump who was born in North Little Rock and attended Sylvan Hills High School, finished ninth with a top mark of 24-0 1/4.

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