KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – With only a few athletes in action on the opening day of the SEC Outdoor Championships, Jada Baylark took advantage of her opportunity in the 200-meters posting a near-lifetime best in the event for No. 4 Arkansas.
“We only had a few events on the track on day one,” said head coach Lance Harter.
“Ragan came to me and said ‘It’s my senior year, I want to run the 10,000-meters’. So we gave her an opportunity to compete, it didn’t go quite as planned, but she’ll have another opportunity in the steeplechase tomorrow night. Jada [Baylark] advancing to the final of the women’s 200-meters is huge, I’m proud of how she ran today,” Harter finished.
The Razorbacks competed in three events Friday at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium, the prelims of the 200-meters and 800-meters and the 10K to cap the night.
The 200-meter prelims featured sophomore Jada Baylark who raced her way into the final with a time of 22.96 – the second-fastest time ever by the Little Rock, Ark. native.
Baylark led a group of four that competed in the prelims including Kiara Parker who finished 15th with a personal-best time of 23.19 and Tamara Kuykendall who finished 19th in prelims with a personal-best time of 23.66.
In the women’s 800-meters, Arkansas’ lone athlete in preliminary action, Kailee Sawyer, finished 14th running 2:12.36
Regan Hime finished 11th in the women’s 10K posting a time of 37:01.42.
Arkansas will return to Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium for day two of the SEC Outdoor Championships with the first event for the Razorbacks slated for 6:30 p.m. CT in the 100-meter hurdles.
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SEC Outdoor Championships
Women’s 200-meter prelims
8. Jada Baylark – 22.96q
15. Kiara Parker – 23.19
19. Tamara Kuykendall – 23.66
Women’s 800-meter prelims
14. Kailee Sawyer – 2:12.36
11. Regan Hime -37:01.42