– On day one of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the No. 7 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team collected two qualifiers for event finals with Regina George
at 400 meters and Sparkle McKnight
in the 400-meter hurdles. Competition at the national meet in Eugene, Ore., will resume Thursday at 3 p.m. (CT) with the beginning of the heptathlon.
George was the second-overall qualifier in the semifinal round of the 400 meters. The Razorback senior won her heat in a time of 51.57 to earn an automatic bid into the championship race. With Wednesday’s performance, George ties her fastest effort in an NCAA Championships race. She clocked an identical time in last year’s semifinal round in Des Moines, Iowa. The final of the 400 meters will be run Friday at 7:55 p.m.
The Razorbacks’ second qualifier of the day was McKnight who had the fastest at-large time to advance to the event final. Running in the final of three semifinal heats, she crossed the finish line in a time of 56.70 which was the fifth-fastest time among the final eight moving on. The final of the women’s 400-meter hurdles will be run Friday at 6:30 p.m., the first track event of day three.
George and McKnight are set to return to the track Thursday as part of the Razorbacks’ 4x400-meter relay for the semifinal heats. Arkansas has the fifth-fastest time in the country in the event with its school-record time of 3:28.42 at the Texas Relays in March.
After a relatively light schedule on day one of the NCAA Championships, Arkansas is set for competition in four events Thurday. Makeba Alcide
will be the first Razorback in action with the start of the heptathlon. She enters the meet with an NCAA-leading score of 5,968 points. Day two will also feature semifinal heats for Stephanie Brown
at 1,500 meters, Grace Heymsfield
in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the team’s 4x400-meter relay.
In addition to live results via Flash Results and an interactive blog, each day of the meet will be broadcast with coverage windows by Pac-12 Live, ESPN3.com, WatchESPN and ESPNU. 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.
400 Meters (preliminary)
2. Regina George
400m Hurdles (preliminary)
7. Sparkle McKnight
22. Gwendolyn Flowers
10,000 Meters (final)
20. Semehar Tesfaye
Q – qualified for event final