LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 7 Arkansas women’s track and field team, thanks to first place finishes from senior Sandi Morris and the Distance Medley Relay team of seniors Diane Robison, Sparkle McKnight, Chrishuna Williams and Dominique Scott, has a solid opening day of the 2015 Rod McCravy Memorial at Nutter Field House.
Kentucky’s Rod McCravy Memorial Meet was initially billed as the best track meet anywhere in America all weekend. The level of competition lived up to expectations on Friday, and that excitement will only build with a talent-laden Saturday schedule in store.
|2015 ROD MCCRAVY MEMORIAL|
|Friday, Jan. 23, 2015|
|No. 1 Florida, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Texas, No. 6 Kentucky, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 9 Florida State, No. 24 Missouri, Ohio State, Baylor, Illinois, Miami, USC, Virginia|
|Nutter Field House | Lexington, Ky.|
|Schedule of Events | Heat Sheets|
|Day 1 (PDF)|
|SEC Network+ (Saturday Only)|
|Twitter | Facebook | #TrackCapitalOfTheWorld|
The team of Robison, McKnight, C. Williams and Scott won DMR title in 11:02.80, nearly six seconds ahead of second place Florida. The quartet’s time is the top time in NCAA and SEC so far this season.
Morris continued her solid 2015 campaign with her third consecutive victory in the pole vault. She is now three-for-three in the pole vault to start her senior season. The reigning Southeastern Conference Field Athlete of the Week won the event after clearing 14-10.25, which is the No. 6 mark in collegiate indoor history and the McCravy Meet record. Morris attempted to retake the collegiate record (currently held by SFA’s Demi Payne at15-2.25), but was unable to clear 15-2.75.
The Razorbacks also picked a trio of personal records to go with the two event wins. Sophomore Daina Harper finished the 200 meters in a personal-best 24.77 to finish 28th, freshman Desiree Freier finished fourth in the pole vault (14-2.5) and sophomore Aatiyah Henry came in 18th place in the long jump thanks to her career best 18-6.5.
Arkansas will return to the track on Saturday morning for Day 2 of the Rod McCravy Memorial. The Saturday action will begin at 10:00 a.m. CT. The action will ramp up on Saturday as the track will feature some of the most competitive fields for any regular season meet so far this year.
Fans will be able to watch the Razorbacks in action during Saturday’s finale at the Rod McCravy Memorial, as the second day of the competition will feature live streaming video on SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN App. The coverage will also feature highlights of Friday’s events from Nutter Field House.
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ROD MCCRAVY MEMORIAL – DAY 1
25. Brianna Swinton – 24.67
28. Daina Harper – 24.77 (PR)
5. Samantha Mohler – 17:35.89
1. Robison/McKnight/C. Williams/Scott – 11:02.80 – NCAA & SEC leader*
9. Taliyah Brooks – 1.67/5-5.75
11. Leigha Brown – 1.67-5-5.75
1. Sandi Morris – 4.53/14-10.25 [No. 6 mark in collegiate indoor history]
4. Desiree Freier – 4.33m/14-2.5 (PR)
9. Megan Zimlich – 4.03/13-2.5
17. Ariel Lachance – 3.73m/12-2.75
3. Tamara Myers – 6.27m/20-7
18. Aatiyah Henry – 5.65m/18-6.5 (PR)
PR – personal best | * – based on marks entering weekend
Fayetteville, the “Track Capital of the World”, will be at the center of the track and field universe on the weekend of March 13-14 as the Razorbacks will host the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center, the home of the “Fastest Indoor Track in the World”. Since the facility’s opening in 2000, Arkansas and the Randal Tyson Track Center have hosted the event 11 times, including nine straight seasons and 11 of the last 13 championships.
A two-day, all-session ticket to the NCAA Indoor Championships is $40 for reserved seating and $30 for general admission adult ticket.
Season tickets and NCAA all-session passes are available online at HERE, by contacting the Razorback Athletics Ticket Center via phone at (800) 982-HOGS or in person at the Razorback Athletics Ticket Center, located just east of Baum Stadium at 1295 S. Razorback Rd. in Fayetteville.