FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 10 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team closes out its 2012 home slate Friday with its Arkansas Twilight meet at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville. Field events begin at 11 a.m. (CT) with running events scheduled to start at 6 p.m. The Arkansas Twilight is the Razorbacks’ last meet before next week’s Southeastern Conference Championships.
"This is an important week of final preparations for the championship season," head coach Lance Harter said. "We can fine tune some things at the Twilight meet before we head off next week to Baton Rouge for the SEC Championships. All the work we’ve done so far gets us ready for this time of year."
Arkansas will be one of three top-15 teams competing Friday. In addition to the Razorbacks, the field of competition is scheduled to feature No. 5 Kansas and No. 15 Oklahoma. The Arkansas Twilight has also attracted regional teams Missouri State, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, UMKC and Wichita State.
Entering the weekend, the Razorbacks have four top-10 national performances this season. Tina Sutej, the reigning SEC Field Athlete of the Week, owns the top mark in the pole vault at 4.55m/14-11. Regina George owns a time of 52.05 at 400 meters, good for the third-fastest time in the NCAA. Last weekend, Kristen Gillespie ran 4:13.33 at 1,500 meters and is ranked fourth nationally. In the heptathlon, Makeba Alcide is ranked No. 8 with 5,621 points from the Drake Relays.
Arkansas dropped one spot to No. 10 in the May 1 release of the USTFCCCA national rankings. The Razorbacks are one of three teams from the SEC ranked inside the top 10 and one of five ranked overall. This week, Arkansas is joined in the rankings by Florida, LSU, Tennessee and Georgia.
The Razorbacks’ championship season begins May 10-13 with the SEC Championships in Baton Rouge, La. Next, the team will participate in the NCAA West Preliminary (May 24-26) in Austin, Texas. The 2012 collegiate season comes to a close June 6-9 with the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Several Razorbacks will continue competition into the summer months with the USA Junior Championships (June 15-17) in Bloomington, Ind., and the USA Olympic Trials (June 22-July 1) in Eugene, Ore.
Meet coverage for the Arkansas Twilight is scheduled to include live results and an interactive blog that will start at 4 p.m. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Download: Twilight competition schedule.pdf