– The No. 8 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team added six qualifiers for the NCAA Championships on day two of the 2013 NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas. The Razorbacks run their overall total to seven after two days at the national qualifying meet, collecting two entries in both the 400-meter hurdles and high jump, and one each in the 400 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase. Friday’s competition was delayed by a rain delay that lasted more than six hours.
Setting the pace for the quarterfinal round of the 400 meters, Regina George
sprinted away with the win in heat one in a school-record time of 51.00. She lowered her own school record which she previously set at 51.11. George will enter the NCAA Championships with the second-fastest time in the country. Chrishuna Williams
was two spots shy of advancing to the national meet, clocking in at 53.54 and 14th overall.
In the final event of the night, Grace Heymsfield
grabbed the Razorbacks’ final qualifying spot of the night with a runner-up finish in heat two of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The Elkins, Ark., native crossed the finish line in 10:02.23 to seal her trip to the next round in Oregon. Heymsfield, the reigning SEC champion in the event, will be making her first appearance in the NCAA final with her result. Arkansas had another near miss with Shannon Klenke
missing the final bid by one spot despite a personal-best 10:10.11 effort.
Three hours after the scheduled start time in the first round of the 100-meter hurdles, Ivanique Kemp
and Makeba Alcide
both qualified for the event’s quarterfinal round. Kemp advanced automatically with a second-place finish in heat three at 13.53, while Alcide posted a time of 13.97 in heat two that held up as an at-large qualifier. Saturday’s quarterfinal will be run at 7:05 p.m. with the top 12 moving on to Eugene.
From the hurdle event, Alcide joined teammate Kirsten Hesseltine
in the preliminary round of the high jump. Both Razorbacks secured their spots in Eugene with Alcide posting a final clearance of 1.79m/5-10.5 and Hesseltine getting credit for a 1.75m/5-8.75 clearance. With Friday’s performance, Alcide is entered in the high jump and heptathlon at the national meet. This will mark Hesseltine’s first appearance at the NCAA final site.
The Razorbacks picked up two more national qualifiers with Sparkle McKnight
and Gwendolyn Flowers
in the 400-meter hurdles. McKnight finished the quarterfinal round as the fifth-overall qualifier with her time of 56.95, earning and automatic trip to the NCAA Championships. For the second time in as many days, Flowers established a personal best with her time of 57.88 and was the fastest at-large runner in the bubble group.
In addition to quarterfinal rounds, Saturday’s schedule will feature competition in the 5,000 meters, 4x400-meter relay and triple jump. Semehar Tesfaye
, who qualified for the national meet Thursday at 10,000 meters, is also entered in the 5K event. After national qualifiers are decided, the collegiate season will come to a conclusion June 5-8 with the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Meet coverage will include live video via CBSSports.com, live results and an interactive blog beginning with running events each day. 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.
NCAA Championships Qualifiers
– High Jump
– 400m Hurdles
– 400 Meters
– High Jump
– 3,000m Steeplechase
– 400m Hurdles
– 10,000 Meters
400 Meters (quarterfinal)
2. Regina George
– 51.00Q (SR – prev: 51.11)
14. Chrishuna Williams
800 Meters (quarterfinal)
18. Martine Borge
100m Hurdles (first round)
7. Ivanique Kemp
23. Makeba Alcide
400m Hurdles (quarterfinal)
5. Sparkle McKnight
10. Gwendolyn Flowers
– 57.88Q (PR – prev: 58.51)
3,000m Steeplechase (quarterfinal)
5. Grace Heymsfield
13. Shannon Klenke
– 10:10.11 (PR – prev: 10:13.42)
23. Jessica Kamilos
High Jump (first round)
2. Makeba Alcide
9. Kirsten Hesseltine
Pole Vault (first round)
13. Danielle Nowell
Q – qualified for the NCAA Championships; q – qualified for quarterfinal round; SR – school record