Claremore Daily Progress

January 20, 2013

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

Arkansas Media Relations
Arkansas Media Relations

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.

Arkansas’ second meet record of the day came from the foursome of Borge, Grace Heymsfield, Andrina Schlaepfer and Dominique Scott in the distance-medley relay. The team finished in a time of 11:33.56, just under 14 seconds faster than the previous mark set by Tennessee in 2009. The Razorbacks finished Saturday’s race 24 seconds clear of runner-up Texas A&M.

The list of 12 personal-best performances from Saturday’s meet features Flowers at 60 meters (7.60) and 200 meters (23.85), Wood at 800 meters (2:12.02), Scott in the mile (4:44.78), Jessica Kamilos in the mile (4:56.27), Klenke in the mile (5:00.83), Robison at 3,000 meters, Rachel Carpino at 3,000 meters (10:03.33), Alcide in the 60-meter hurdles (8.54), Kirsten Hesseltine in the high jump (1.76m/5-9.25), Morris in the pole vault and Megan Zimlich in the pole vault (3.87m/12-8.25).

The Texas A&M Triangular was scored on a 7-5-4-3-2-1 scale with the top two individuals per team scoring points. In the relays, the points were based on a 7-5-4 scale and only one team per school could score.

Arkansas returns to Fayetteville to host the Razorback Team Invitational next weekend. The two-day meet will be contested Jan. 25-26 at the Randal Tyson Track Center and is scheduled to feature eight teams ranked in the USTFCCCA preseason projections poll.