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No. 8 Razorback collect 11 NCAA entries

05/26/2013
Athletic Communications
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AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 8 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team added three national qualifiers Saturday at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas. Overall, the Razorbacks finish the weekend with 11 entries spread among nine athletes and one relay. Saturday’s qualifiers included Stephanie Brown at 1,500 meters, Tamara Myers in the triple jump and the team’s 4x400-meter relay.

Along with its latest additions, Arkansas will be represented at the NCAA Championships by Makeba Alcide in the high jump and heptathlon, Gwendolyn Flowers in the 400-meter hurdles, Regina George in the 400 meters, Kirsten Hesseltine in the high jump, Grace Heymsfield in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Sparkle McKnight in the 400-meter hurdles and Semehar Tesfaye at 10,000 meters.

“I feel like we came out here this week and did what we needed to for the team,” George said after the team’s win in the 4x400-meter relay. “Personally, I wanted to finish top three in my heat of the (400 meters) which I did and I also had a PR. Everyone ran well on the 4x4 and we ran under 3:30 which was one of our goals.”

For the first time in her career, Brown will run in the national meet as a 1,500-meter runner with her qualifying performance Saturday. The Razorback junior won her heat in a time of 4:17.18 to clinch a spot in Eugene. She took the lead early in the bell lap and created separation from the pack over the final 100 meters. Brown previously advanced as an 800-meter runner in 2010 and 2011.

Myers secured her first career trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a seventh-place finish in the opening round of the triple jump. The Razorback sophomore established a personal best with her sixth-round jump of 13.04m/42-9.5, a mark that moved her from 11th to seventh place in the overall standings. Myers will be the Razorbacks’ first triple jumper at the national meet since the 2010 season.

The Razorbacks capped their weekend with the top qualifying performance in the 4x400-meter relay. The familiar quartet of Flowers, George, Sparkle and Chrishuna Williams posted a final time of 3:28.92 to advance automatically to Eugene. The time was Arkansas’ second fastest of the season and represents the fourth-fastest showing in school history. The foursome was the national runner-up during the indoor season.

With national qualifiers decided, the collegiate season will come to a conclusion June 5-8 with the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.

NCAA Championships Qualifiers
Makeba Alcide – High Jump, Heptathlon
Stephanie Brown – 1,500 Meters
Gwendolyn Flowers – 400m Hurdles
Regina George – 400 Meters
Kirsten Hesseltine – High Jump
Grace Heymsfield – 3,000m Steeplechase
Sparkle McKnight – 400m Hurdles
Tamara Myers – Triple Jump
Semehar Tesfaye – 10,000 Meters
4x400m Relay

Saturday Results
1,500 Meters
2. Stephanie Brown – 4:17.18Q
23. Keri Wood – 4:36.02

5,000 Meters
33. Kaitlin Flattmann – 16:57.72
--. Diane Robison – DNF
--. Semehar Tesfaye – DNF

100m Hurdles
17. Ivanique Kemp – 13.57
24. Makeba Alcide – 13.95

4x400m Relay
1. Williams/McKnight/Flowers/George – 3:28.92Q

Triple Jump
7. Tamara Myers – 13.04m/42-9.5Q (PR – prev: 42-7.5)

Q – qualified for NCAA Championships; PR – personal best

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