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Stephanie Brown was the second-overall qualifier at 1,500 meters Thursday.
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Alcide leads, three qualify for finals at NCAAs

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EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 7 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team was 3-for-3 in qualifying efforts Thursday and Makeba Alcide is the day-one leader in the heptathlon at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. The Razorbacks’ final qualifiers were Stephanie Brown at 1,500 meters, Grace Heymsfield in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the team’s 4x400-meter relay. Competition on day three of the NCAA Championships begins at 2:30 p.m. (CT) with the resumption of the heptathlon.

Through the first four events of the two-day competition, Alcide stands in first place in the heptathlon with 3,685 points. She has a 104-point lead over the field entering Friday’s action. The Razorback senior began her day with a personal-best time of 13.52 in the 100-meter hurdles. She won the high jump with a final clearance of 1.81m/5-11.25 and capped her day with a wind-aided, all-conditions personal best of 24.18 at 200 meters.

Brown was the Razorbacks’ first qualifier of the day, earning automatic placement into the next round by winning her semifinal heat Thursday. The Arkansas junior ran within the pack before surging ahead over the final 100 meters to take the tape in a winning time of 4:16.41. Brown is making her third NCAA Championships appearance but first as a competitor at 1,500 meters. Saturday’s final will be run at 4:19 p.m.

In the steeplechase, Heymsfield grabbed the final automatic berth into the championship race by passing Leah O’Connor of Michigan State at the finish line for fifth place in heat two. The Razorback junior finished with a time of 10:08.45 and was the 10th-overall qualifier in the event. Thursday’s race marked the NCAA outdoor debut for Heymsfield. Saturday’s final will be run at 4:57 p.m.

Arkansas’ final qualifier of the day—and fifth of the week—came from the 4x400-meter relay team of Chrishuna Williams, Sparkle McKnight, Gwendolyn Flowers and Regina George. The relay quartet won heat three with a time of 3:30.45 to secure its spot in the championship race. Flowers, George and Williams were part of last year’s fourth-place NCAA finish in Des Moines, Iowa. Saturday’s final will be run at 5:43 p.m.

Friday brings about the next set of scoring opportunities for the Razorbacks with points up for grabs for Alcide in the heptathlon, George at 400 meters, McKnight in the 400-meter hurdles and Tamara Myers in the triple jump. Day two of the heptathlon will feature the long jump, javelin and 800 meters, respectively.

In addition to live results from Flash Results and an interactive blog, the meet will be broadcast with coverage windows spread among Pac-12 Live Stream, 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.

Thursday Results
1,500 Meters (semifinal)
2. Stephanie Brown – 4:16.41Q

3,000m Steeplechase (semifinal)
10. Grace Heymsfield – 10:08.45Q

4x400m Relay (semifinal)
3. Williams/McKnight/Flowers/George – 3:30.45Q

Heptathlon (Day 1)
1. Makeba Alcide – 3,685 points
    6. 100m Hurdles – 13.52 (PR – prev: 13.60) [1,047 points]
    1. High Jump – 1.81m/5-11.25 [991]
    9. Shot Put – 12.35m/40-6.25 [684]
    4. 200 Meters – 24.18 [963]

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