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No. 8 Razorbacks in Second at SEC Championships

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Arkansas sits in second place at the Southeastern Conference Championships, combining for 23 points on the first scoring day for the No. 8 Razorbacks.

SEC Cross Country champion and indoor 5,000-meter SEC Champion, Dominique Scott, earned the team’s first individual title of the week with a personal-best performance in the 10,000-meter at 33:51.84. Diane Robison finished third, scoring six points for the Razorbacks, with a time of 34:07.95.

“They followed the race plan perfectly,” said Head Coach Lance Harter of Scott and Robison, “When Missouri took the lead, we responded like we were supposed to. Robison came from behind with the attack, which was huge for her. I’m very proud of the way they performed.”

Stephanie Brown qualified for the 800-meter finals with a preliminary time of 2:08.08. The 2014 SEC Indoor 800-meter Champion will compete for the outdoor title on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Gochenour came out strong in the first heptathlon event of the day, jumping 18-6.5 in long jump, an outdoor best for her this season, to earn 744 points. Brown picked up 595 points with a mark of 16-10 to remain in scoring position for the Razorbacks at No. 8 in the overall heptathlon standings.

The rain rolled in and temperatures dropped considerably just in time for javelin, but the Razorbacks were not phased, pulling off a top-eight finish in the event. Brown placed fifth with 109-3, while Gochenour went 105-2 for an eighth-place finish.

It all came down the final event of the day, the 800-meter run. Sitting in fourth place heading into the race, Gochenour ran a season-best 2:18.93 to collect 838 points and propel her a third-place finish in the heptathlon with 5,476 total points. A career-best performance by Brown with a time of 2:17.94 earned the freshman 852 points in the 800m. Her top-five finish in the event kept her in the top eight overall, marking the first scoring performance of her collegiate championship career. Brown earned 5,239 points for the eighth-place finish.

“I’m seriously so excited,” said Gochenour of her third-place finish. “I didn’t know if I was going to be able to pull it off. But coming around the last turn of the 800 and Jeff Kent was yelling ‘This is the SECs, this is how you do it, you got to just keep going!’ So I pushed hard because I wanted it so bad.”

An unfortunate stumble at the finish line of the 200-meter dash on Thursday left a nasty mark on Gochenour’s left side, which was bandaged up for Friday’s competition. At the beginning of javelin on Friday, with two heptathlon events left, the rain came pouring down and the temperatures dropped considerably.

“This definitely was not the most ideal of meets by any means,” stated Gochenour. “Four strides from the end of the 200, I’ve never had it happen, but for some reason my legs just go out. So, I had to dive. Then today it rained, but hey, you just push through it. You forgot about it and just go.”  

Day three of the SEC Championships will begin Saturday at 3 p.m. (CT) with Amethyst Boyd in javelin. For updates from the 2014 SEC Outdoor Championships, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter. Live results can be followed here.

Team Standings (Thru Day Two)
1. Georgia  - 32 pts.
2. Arkansas  - 23 pts.
3. Kentucky - 13 pts.
4. LSU – 10 pts.
5. Texas A&M – 8 pts.
5. Florida – 8 pts.
5. Missouri - 8 pts.
8. Alabama – 6 pts.
9. Mississippi - 3 pts.
9. Tennessee – 3 pts.
11. South Carolina – 2 pts.
12. Auburn – 1 pt.

Friday Results

200-Meter (Prelims)

10. Regine Williams – 23.75

800-Meter (Prelims)
7. Stephanie Brown – 2:08.08Q
22. Victoria Feole – 2:19.38

1. Dominique Scott – 29:51.69
3. Diane Robison – 34:07.95
10. Samantha Mohler – 35:36.26 (PR – prev. 35:37.62)

Heptathlon (Final)
3. Alex Gochenour (5,476 pts.)
    2. 100mH – 13.83
    4. HJ – 5-6.5
    3. SP – 40-6.75 (PR – prev. - 39-7)
    5. 200m – 25.42
    5. LJ – 18-6.5 (PR – prev. - 18-5)
    8. Jav – 105-2
    6. 800m – 2:18.93 (PR – prev. 2:21.11)

8. Leigha Brown (5,239 pts.)
    4. 100mH – 14.12 (PR – prev. – 14.15)
    9. 5-4.25
    7. SP – 39-11.5
    6. 200m – 25.43 (PR – prev. - 25.45)
    11. LJ – 16-10
     5. Jav – 109-3
     5. 800m – 2:17.94 (PR – prev. – 2:20.18)

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