COLLEGE STATION, Texas
– The University of Arknasas women's track and field team finished third at the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships. The No. 4 Razorbacks finished the meet with 93.5 points, behind first-place Florida with 102 points and Texas A&M in second with 96.5 points. This marks the seventh-consecutive year the Razorbacks have finished in the top three at the SEC Indoor Championships.
“One of the things that is fascinating about the SEC is the respect given to the championship meet,” said Head Coach Lance Harter. “It is essentially treated as a pre-national meet before the formal national meet. This year was true to form. It shows the SEC is such a test by fire, it is quality prep for the NCAA championship.”
The Arkansas distance squad stepped up in a big way, crowning three individual champions in Grace Heymsfield (Mile), Stephanie Brown (800-meter) and Dominique Scott (5,000-meter).
Heymsfield was the first SEC Champion crowned on the women’s side, pulling ahead in the last few steps to win the mile in 4:34.82. Maintaining a steady pace in fourth place throughout a majority of the race, Heymsfield pulled into third rounding the final turn and pulled ahead at the finish line for the dramatic win. It marks her second-best career time. Keri McClary also recorded a second-best career time finishing seventh with a time of 4:44.01.
Keeping in step with a record-setting season, Brown earned the 800-meter title with a personal-best time of 2:03.21, gaining ground on her opponents on the final lap for the celebratory win. Brown’s previous record was 2:03.93 set two years ago at the Razorback Invitational.
The success continued for the Razorback distance crew, as Dominique Scott (16:00.73) won the 5,000-meter in a big way, shaving three seconds off of her personal best time. The junior took down her previous record of 16:03.13 set at the Husky Classic in 2013.
“We’ve had a lot of great success in our legacy of distance runners but it would be tough to parallel the quality level of competition that exists in the SEC,” said Harter. “To be able to take away three wins and close second is a real tribute to the work these kids have done - it was one of the highlights of my career.”
In a very competitive 400-meter race, Chrishuna Williams took a tenth of a second off her personal best, running 52.82 for a sixth-place finish. Williams set her previous PR of 52.92 at Friday’s preliminaries.
“This race is one of the greatest year in and year out,” said Harter. “Williams has made huge strides to be competitive in this event. To compete in that wrestling match, so to speak, and come out with a lifetime best is a testament to her hard work.”
The Razorbacks will spend the next two weeks gearing up for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships will take place in Albuquerque, N.M., hosted by the University of New Mexico.
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Final Team Standings
1. Florida, 102
2. Texas A&M, 96.5
3. Arkansas, 93.5
4. Kentucky, 72
5. Georgia, 64.5
6. LSU, 47
7. Tennessee, 35
9. Missouri, 29.5
10. Alabama, 27
11. Auburn, 25
12. South Carolina, 21.5
13. Vanderbilt, 15.5
6. Chrishuna Williams – 52.82 (PR – prev. 52.92)
1. Stephanie Brown – 2:03.21 (PR – prev. 2:03.93)
1. Grace Heymsfield – 4:34.82
7. Keri McClary – 4:44.01
1. Dominique Scott – 16:00.73 (PR – prev. 16:03.13)
8. Kaitlin Flattmann – 16:36.21 (PR – prev. 16:44.63)
9. Sandie Raines – 16:37.43
11. Diane Robison – 16:51.25
19. Regan Ward – 17:12.71
24. Samantha Mohler – 17:33.45
3. Harper, R. Williams, C. Williams, Swinton – 3:35.26
Distance Medley Relay
2. McClary, Brown, Simko, Kamilos – 11:13.34
6. Kirsten Hesseltine – 5-8
11. Emilie Gray – 5-8
11. Leigha Brown – 5-8
2. Tamare Myers - 20-7.25
6. Tamara Myers – 42-3.5