– On the heels of an eighth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the University of Arkansas women’s track and field team collected 14 All-America honors as released Monday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Razorbacks’ list was highlighted by the program’s first-ever NCAA title in the 4x400-meter relay.
In the final event of the weekend, the 4x400-meter relay team of Chrishuna Williams
, Sparkle McKnight
, Gwendolyn Flowers
and Regina George
raced to an NCAA title in a school-record time of 3:27.09. With its effort, Arkansas became the seventh-fastest relay team in collegiate history. The win represented the Razorbacks’ first NCAA outdoor title since the 2005 season. George and Flowers secured an NCAA title in the final races of their collegiate careers.
Arkansas’ 14 All-America certificates are spread among 10 athletes. George and McKnight also secured first-team honors with their individual efforts at 400 meters and in the 400-meters, respectively. The team’s list of first-team performers also features Makeba Alcide
(heptathlon), Stephanie Brown
(1,500 meters) and Grace Heymsfield
(3,000-meter steeplechase). Alcide and Heymsfield both set school records in their events.
Second-team accolades also went to Alcide (high jump) and Tamara Myers
(triple jump). The Razorbacks had honorable mention efforts by Flowers (400m hurdles), Kirsten Hesseltine
(high jump) and Semehar Tesfaye
(10,000 meters). The honors for Hesseltine and Tesfaye are the first All-America awards of their respective careers.
With the team’s showing at the NCAA Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., Arkansas’ women now have five top-10 NCAA finishes at the outdoor meet, and their first since the 2004 season. The team’s 30 points represent the program’s third-highest NCAA total and the most scored by a Razorback team since a 31-point showing in 2001. Arkansas had two top-eight national finishes during the 2013 season; the team was fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
For those who scored points or reach an eight-athlete final at the NCAA Championships, first-team All-America accolades are awarded. Second-team All-America honors are handed out to those whose final placing in the national meet range from ninth to 16th place. Those who participated at the final site but did not place in the meet’s top 16 are listed as honorable mention for the All-America award.
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2013 USTFCCCA Outdoor All-Americans
– 400m, 4x400m
– 3,000m Steeplechase
– 400mH, 4x400m
– High Jump
– Triple Jump
– 400m Hurdles
– High Jump