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First Place Razorbacks Crown Two SEC Championships

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Arkansas saw a successful day three at the 2014 Southeastern Conference Championships, crowning two SEC Champions and picking up  54 points, to take the overall lead. With 77 total points, the No. 8 Razorbacks lead Georgia by 22.5 points heading into the final day.

“What a day, what a fantastic day,” said Head Coach Lance Harter. “We are way ahead of any type of pre-idea of what we could do. It just happened event, after event.”

Grace Heymsfield won the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second-consecutive year, defending her title with a 9:57.14 victory time, breaking her own meet record and setting a new facility record. It marks the third under ten-minute performance of Heymsfield’s career. Jessica Kamilos finished with a personal-best time of 10:08.73. Her third-place finish takes down her previous personal best time of 10:10.11 set at the last year’s SEC Championships.

Coming into the meet with top pole vaulters in the SEC, the Razorbacks performed as expected, taking a 1-2-3 finish led by Sandi Morris. Morris was crowned the 2014 SEC Pole Vault Champion with a 14-9 clearance, tying for the top mark in the nation.

“I was very happily surprised, I was crying tears of joy when I finished,” said Morris of her championship performance. “It started out cold and windy, but the weather the held out for us. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates there cheering and supporting me. It’s so amazing for us to come in for a 1-2-3-7 finish. It’s the best feeling ever.”

Danielle Nowell finished runner-up at 13-11.25, followed by Ariel Voskamp in third with an identical mark. Megan Zimlich was the fourth Razorback to score, finishing seventh at 13-1.25.The vaulters earned big points for Arkansas, collecting 26 points to help propel the Razorbacks into first place.

A bronze-medal performance in high jump by Kirsten Hesseltine earned the Razorbacks six more points en route to their first-place standing. Hesseltine cleared 5-9.75 for her third-place finish.

Amethyst Boyd got the day started, as her third-attempt throw went 154-7 to advance her to the final round. Her qualifying throw would stand as her best, good for a seventh place finish as Boyd earned the first points of the day for the Razorbacks.

Tamara Myers kept the scoring going as a huge first-attempt jump of 20-7.75 would stand for a fourth-place finish, overall. The mark is the best outdoor performance by the junior, and ties her all-time best jump. Myers earned five points for the Razorbacks.

An impressive showing by the mid-distance crew saw a qualifying performance by all three Razorbacks in the event. Stephanie Brown (4:21.75) and Keri McClary (4:22.60) earned automatic qualifiers as two of the top-three finishers in their heat. McClary made a final push to cross the line in third to clinch her finals spot. Paige Johnston had a huge PR time of 4:21.73. The time took down her previous PR of 4:22.31 set at the Bryan Clay Invitational earlier this season.

Also qualifying in prelims was Chrishuna Williams with the top time in the 400-meter at 52.34. Taylor Ellist-Watson will join her in tomorrow’s finals, qualifying with a time of 53.33.

The Razorbacks will look to continue their momentum into tomorrow, as the 2014 SEC Outdoor Championships conclude. For updates from the 2014 SEC Outdoor Championships, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.

Team Standings (Thru Day Two)
1. Arkansas – 77pts.
2. Georgia – 54.5 pts.
3. Missouri – 51 pts.
4. Florida – 39.5 pts.
5. LSU – 29.5 pts.
6. Mississippi State – 18 pts.
7. Auburn – 14 pts.
8. South Carolina – 13.5 pts.
9. Kentucky – 13 pts.
10. Texas A&M – 11 pts.
10. Vanderbilt – 11 pts.
12. Alabama – 10 pts.
13. Tennessee – 6 pts.
14. Mississippi – 3 pts.

Saturday Results

100-Meter (Prelims)

10. Regine Williams – 11.53
29. Shekara Boakye – 12.16

400-Meter (Prelims)
1. Chrishuna Williams – 52.43Q
5. Taylor Ellis – Watson – 53.33q
15. Daina Harper – 54.27

1,500-Meter (Prelims)
5. Paige Johnston – 4:21.73q (PR – prev. 4:22.31)
6. Stephanie Brown – 4:21.75Q
9. Keri McClary – 4:22.60Q

100-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
15. Ivanique Kemp – 13.78
16. Alex Gochenour – 13.86

3,000-Meter Steeplechase
1. Grace Heymsfield – 9:57.14
3. Jessica Kamilos – 10:08.73 (PR – 10:10.11)

Pole Vault
1. Sandi Morrs - 14-9
2. Danielle Nowell - 13-11.25
3. Ariel Voskamp - 13-11.25
7. Megan Zimlich - 13-1.25

Long Jump
4. Tamara Myers – 20-7.75 (PR – 20-5)

High Jump
3. Kirsten Hesseltine - 5-9.75
11. Leigha Brown - 5-5.75

7. Amethyst Boyd - 154-7

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