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NCAA West Preliminary Wraps up with Five More Qualifiers

06/01/2014
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.  – On day three of the 2014 NCAA West Preliminary, the No. 8 University of Arkansas qualified four individuals and the 4x400-meter relay for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Along with day one and two qualifiers, the Razorbacks will be represented in Eugene, Ore. by Kirsten Hesseltine (high jump), Stephanie Brown (1,500m), Dominique Scott (5,000m) and Diane Robison (5,000m). In addition, the 4x400 relay team of Daina Harper, Regine Williams, Taylor Ellis-Watson and Chrishuna Williams will head to Eugene in two weeks. Arkansas will have 17 individuals competing at the NCAA Championships in 16 events.

Hesseltine punch her first-career ticket to the NCAA Championships with a clean performance through 5-9.75 to secure a spot in Eugene. The senior closed out the weekend as the seventh women’s field athlete to advance to the outdoor championships.

"I am so excited," said Hesseltine of her NCAA qualifying performance. "It's a huge blessing. So many of Coach Compton's girls made it, it was my time to finish it out today. I went in knowing I had to clear each bar on the first attempt. To be able to do that was great."

The field events went 8-for-8 in qualifying events, with Tamara Myers doubling in long jump and triple jump.

The distance crew continued their success with Robison (16:21.67) and Scott (16:00.03) advancing in the 5,000-meter, both automatic qualifiers. Robison is headed to her first-ever NCAA Track and Field Championship.

"It's a dream come true," said Robison. "I was a little scary having a big pack there, I didn't know what would happen. I just tried to stay calm throughout and use it to my advantage, and I was able to pull ahead."

Brown was dominant in the 1,500-meter, finishing the day with the top-qualifying time at 4:15.94. Brown was a member of the 2013 Indoor National Champion DMR team and will look to earn another title in Eugene.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Harper, R. Williams, Ellis-Watson and C. Williams notched 3:31.07 for an overall fourth-place finish and automatic qualifying time. C. Williams was also a member of the Indoor Champion DMR team, hoping to help the 4x400 to an outdoor title.

The No. 8 Razorbacks will head to Eugene, Ore. June 11-14 for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Arkansas will be represented by 17 individuals as the Razorbacks compete for the National Title.

For more information on Razorback Track and Field, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.


Saturday Results

200-Meter
14. Regine Williams – 23.36

1,500-Meter
1. Stephanie Brown – 4:15.94Q
14. Keri McClary – 4:22.33

5,000-Meter
3. Dominique Scott – 16:00.30Q
13. Diane Robison – 16:21.67Q

4x400-Meter Relay
4. Harper/R. Williams/Ellis-Watson/C. Williams – 3:31.07Q

High Jump
7. Kirsten Hesseltine – 5-9.75Q

Complete List of NCAA Qualifiers
Amethyst Boyd – Javelin
Stephanie Brown – 1,500m
Alex Gochenour - Hept.
Daina Harper – 4x400
Kirsten Hesseltine – High Jump
Grace Heymsfield – Steeplechase
Jessica Kamilos - Steeplechase
Sandi Morris - Pole Vault
Tamara Myers – Long Jump, Triple Jump
Danielle Nowell  - Pole Vault
Diane Robison – 5,000m
Dominique Scott – 5,000m
Ariel Voskamp  - Pole Vault
Taylor Ellis-Watson – 400m, 4x400
Chrishuna Williams – 4x400
Regine Williams – 4x400
Megan Zimlich - Pole Vault


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