– The No. 3 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team scored 8.5 points and stand in 12th place after day one of the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. The Razorbacks’ distance-medley relay team closed out Friday’s action with a third-place finish and school-record performance. The women’s competition at the national meet resumes Saturday at 11:45 a.m. (CT) with the start of the pentathlon.
“We had a great first day,” head coach Lance Harter
said. “You get greedy and it would have been wonderful to get (Ivanique) back in the hurdles but she just misses out by two hundredths of a second and ends up ninth. But we got our two quarter milers in. That’s one more than we’d planned on. Makeba started the day in sixth place in the high jump and then we came back with the DMR. We did everything we possibly could today and probably a little bit more. Now, we just have to take care of business tomorrow.”
In the final event of the night, the Razorback foursome of Keri Wood
, Gwendolyn Flowers
, Martine Borge
and Grace Heysmfield combined for a school-record time of 11:00.23 to collect six points toward the team’s total. Throughout the 1,600-meter final leg, Heymsfield stayed toward the front of the chase pack and over the final 400 meters began to pull away and crossed for a third-place relay finish. The record surpasses the previous school mark of 11:01.01 set last season by the team of Flowers, Stephanie Brown
, Kristen Gillespie
and Samantha Learch
In the Razorbacks’ first event of the weekend, Makeba Alcide
picked up 2.5 points for the team with a tie for sixth place in the high jump. The Razorback senior had a final clearance of 1.87m/6-1.5, equaling the second-best mark of her career. The finish represents the first top-eight national finish of Alcide’s career. She returns to action Saturday with the pentathlon, an event in which she holds the collegiate record.
Arkansas will be represented twice in the 400-meter event final with the qualifying efforts of Regina George
and Sparkle McKnight
. Running out of the second heat, George finished second and third overall with a time of 51.73. McKnight, in her NCAA debut for Arkansas, clocked in at 52.85 to grab the final spot in the championship race. Saturday’s two-section final will begin at 6:40 p.m. (CT).
Arkansas will have additional scoring opportunities Saturday with finals of the 4x400-meter relay, pole vault and triple jump. Sandi Morris
(pole vault) and Tamara Myers
(triple jump) will be making their NCAA debuts for the Razorbacks; Morris was an NCAA performer last season at North Carolina. Arkansas’ 4x400-meter relay finished in fourth place at last year’s national meet. On the final day of competition, the Razorbacks will have six scoring opportunities.
The 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships will be streamed live by ESPN3.com Saturday beginning at 5:50 p.m. Early portions of the meet not covered by ESPN3 will be streamed at NCAA.com and ArkansasRazorbacks.com, beginning with the start of competition each day. A tape-delay broadcast of the national meet will air March 17 at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
This weekend marks the 11th national indoor hosting duties for Arkansas (2000-08, 2010). For tickets, visit the Razorback Ticket Center on Razorback Road by Baum Stadium, log on to the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or call 800-982-HOGS (4647). Keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field with the team’s RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.
400 Meters (prelim)
3. Regina George
8. Sparkle McKnight
60m Hurdles (prelim)
9. Ivanique Kemp
Distance Medley Relay (final)
3. Wood/Flowers/Borge/Heymsfield – 11:00.23 (SR) [6 points]
High Jump (final)
t-6. Makeba Alcide
– 1.87m/6-1.5 [2.5 points]
Q – qualified for event final