FAYETTEVILLE – On day one of the Razorback Invitational, the No. 3 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team came away with victories in the pentathlon from Makeba Alcide and Tina Sutej in the pole vault. Alcide scored 3,997 points to win the five-event competition by more than 160 points. In the pole vault, Sutej established the best mark in the country with a clearance of 4.45m (14-7.25).
"We had a real positive day," head coach Lance Harter said. "Makeba set a personal- and national-best (St. Lucia) in the pentathlon with a point total that will probably get her into the NCAA meet. The sprints were also good for us in serving as a warm-up for tomorrow’s 400 meters. We’ve got a lot of momentum heading into tomorrow."
In the Razorbacks’ first result of the day, Alcide won the pentathlon with a five-event total of 3,997 points, the No. 3 figure in the country. She improved upon her own personal best and, with her point total, moved into fourth place on Arkansas’ all-time list. It also represents a national record for St. Lucia, the native country for Alcide. During the day, she established a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles with a run of 8.74 and won two events with first-place efforts in the high jump and 800 meters.
Sutej posted her second NCAA automatic-qualifying mark of the season with a victory in the pole vault. In her second competition of the season, Sutej had a final clearance of 4.45m (14-7-25) to finish ahead of Katerina Stefanidi of Stanford and teammate Tara Diebold, respectively. With a win in hand, Sutej took a trio of unsuccessful attempts at bettering her own collegiate record. Diebold tied the second-best clearance of her career, getting over the bar set at 4.25m (13-11.25) to finish in third place.
Running in the preliminary round of the 60 meters, Tiffany Hines finished second in her heat and fourth overall with a time of 7.47. She qualified for Saturday’s event semifinals. Hines was making her debut in a Razorback jersey.
Hines was one of three Razorbacks to place inside the top 10 in the 200 meters. She was the team’s top finisher with a sixth-place finish in a time 24.09. She placed just ahead of Regina George who crossed in a time of 24.16, good for seventh place. Whitney Jones rounded out Arkansas’ results in the event with a ninth-place showing in a time of 24.26.
The 2012 Razorback Invitational concludes Saturday with action beginning at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Randal Tyson Track Center. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.