Claremore Daily Progress

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January 20, 2013

No. 7 Arkansas women's track team picks up 7 wins at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The seventh-ranked University of Arkansas women’s track and field team racked up three NCAA-leading marks, seven event wins, 12 career-best performances and two meet records Saturday at the Texas A&M Triangular. National-leading efforts came from Regina George at 400 meters, Sandi Morris in the pole vault and the Razorbacks’ 4x400-meter relay.

Arkansas finished the tri-meet competition with 103 points, just 4.5 points behind No. 4 LSU in the team standings. The Tigers finished with 107.5 points while No. 6 and host Texas A&M had 103.5 points Saturday.

In the day’s finale, the 4x400-meter relay team of George, Makeba Alcide, Gwendolyn Flowers and Chrishuna Williams combined for a time of 3:36.03, the fastest performance in the country by more than a second. Individually, George opened the day with a victory at 400 meters. She crossed the finish line in an NCAA-leading time of 53.30 in her first race of the season.

Morris posted her second win of the season in the pole vault. She wrapped up the first-place performance with a final clearance of 4.31m/14-1.75, the best result in the NCAA this season. The clearance broke the Texas A&M dual-meet record and represents Morris’ personal best. She led an Arkansas sweep of the top-three spots along with Danielle Nowell and Megan Zimlich, respectively.

The Razorbacks’ first win of the day came from Ivanique Kemp in the timed-section final of the 60-meter hurdles. Running in the opening section, Kemp crossed the finish in a time of 8.37 to secure the win. Martine Borge and Keri Wood finished 1-2 at 800 meters, respectively. Arkansas had three 1-2 event finishes during Saturday’s meet.

At 3,000 meters, Diane Robison posted a 36-second career best on her way to winning the long-distance race. She finished the event with a time of 9:19.79, good for the third-fastest time in the NCAA this season. The Razorbacks swept the top-three spots with Robison, Kaitlin Flattmann and Shannon Klenke, respectively.

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