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.
"We were elated with our team performance today," head coach Lance Harter said following the meet. "Across the board, we had some great breakthrough performances today. Anytime you put together a three-team meet with the kind of fire power that the SEC produces, you're in for a great competition."
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).
"For a lot of our kids, this was an opener," Harter said. "We had a home opener last weekend but we still haven't brought the whole team together. Hopefully, we'll be able to have our full forces next weekend at a big home invitational meet."
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.
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#4 LSU 107.5
#6 Texas A&M 103.5
#7 Arkansas 103
8. Gwendolyn Flowers – 7.60 (PR) [3 points]
12. Ivanique Kemp – 7.81 [1 point]
4. Regina George – 23.67 [3 points]
5. Gwendolyn Flowers – 23.85 (PR) [2 points]
1. Regina George – 53.30 [7 points]
7. Chrishuna Williams – 55.69 [1 point]
10. Megan Paul – 56.08
1. Martine Borge – 2:11.28 [7 points]
2. Keri Wood – 2:12.02 (PR) [5 points]
4. Paige Johnston – 2:15.60
7. Caitlin Noonan – 2:19.81
2. Grace Heymsfield – 4:44.54 [5 points]
3. Dominique Scott – 4:44.78 (PR) [4 points]
5. Semehar Tesfaye – 4:50.13
7. Jessica Kamilos – 4:56.27 (PR)
8. Shannon Klenke – 5:00.83 (PR)
1. Diane Robison – 9:19.79 (PR) [7 points]
2. Kaitlin Flattmann – 9:44.37 [5 points]
3. Shannon Klenke – 9:53.22
8. Rachel Carpino – 10:03.33 (PR)
1. Ivanique Kemp – 8.37 [7 points]
4. Makeba Alcide – 8.54 (PR) [3 points]
1. Andrina Schlaepfer/Martine Borge/Grace Heymsfield/Dominique Scott – 11:33.56 [7 points]
1. Chrishuna Williams/Makeba Alcide/Gwendolyn Flowers/Regina George– 3:36.03 [7 points]
2. Kirsten Hesseltine – 1.76m/5-9.25 (PR) [5 points)
1. Sandi Morris – 4.31m/14-1.75 (PR) [7 points]
2. Danielle Nowell – 3.99m/13-1 [5 points]
3. Megan Zimlich – 3.87m/12-8.25 (PR)
4. Tamara Myers – 5.74m/18-10 [3 points]
7. Makeba Alcide – 5.42m/17-9.5 [1 point]
4. Tamara Myers – 12.15m/39-10.5 [3 points]
5. Makeba Alcide – 11.75m/38-6.75 [3 points]
7. Amethyst Boyd – 8.91m/29-2.75 [1 point]
7. Amethyst Boyd – 8.00m/26-3 [2 points]