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First Place Razorbacks Crown Two SEC Championships

First Place Razorbacks Crown Two SEC Championships

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Arkansas saw a successful day three at the 2014 Southeastern Conference Championships, crowning two SEC Champions and picking up 54 points, to take the overall lead. With 77 total points, the No. 8 Razorbacks lead Georgia by 22.5 points heading into the final day. “What a day, what a fantastic day,” said Head Coach Lance Harter. “We are way ahead of any type of pre-idea of what we could do. It just happened event, after event.” Grace Heymsfield won the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second-consecutive year, defending her title with a 9:57.14 victory time, breaking her own meet record and setting a new facility record. It marks the third under ten-minute performance of Heymsfield’s career. Jessica Kamilos finished with a personal-best time of 10:08.73. Her third-place finish takes down her previous personal best time of 10:10.11 set at the last year’s SEC Championships. Coming into the meet with top pole vaulters in the SEC, the Razorbacks performed as expected, taking a 1-2-3 finish led by Sandi Morris. Morris was crowned the 2014 SEC Pole Vault Champion with a 14-9 clearance, tying for the top mark in the nation. “I was very happily surprised, I was crying tears of joy when I finished,” said Morris of her championship performance. “It started out cold and windy, but the weather the held out for us. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates there cheering and supporting me. It’s so amazing for us to come in for a 1-2-3-7 finish. It’s the best feeling ever.” Danielle Nowell finished runner-up at 13-11.25, followed by Ariel Voskamp in third with an identical mark. Megan Zimlich was the fourth Razorback to score, finishing seventh at 13-1.25.The vaulters earned big points for Arkansas, collecting 26 points to help propel the Razorbacks into first place.

A bronze-medal performance in high jump by Kirsten Hesseltine earned the Razorbacks six more points en route to their first-place standing. Hesseltine cleared 5-9.75 for her third-place finish. Amethyst Boyd got the day started, as her third-attempt throw went 154-7 to advance her to the final round. Her qualifying throw would stand as her best, good for a seventh place finish as Boyd earned the first points of the day for the Razorbacks. Tamara Myers kept the scoring going as a huge first-attempt jump of 20-7.75 would stand for a fourth-place finish, overall. The mark is the best outdoor performance by the junior, and ties her all-time best jump. Myers earned five points for the Razorbacks. An impressive showing by the mid-distance crew saw a qualifying performance by all three Razorbacks in the event. Stephanie Brown (4:21.75) and Keri McClary (4:22.60) earned automatic qualifiers as two of the top-three finishers in their heat. McClary made a final push to cross the line in third to clinch her finals spot. Paige Johnston had a huge PR time of 4:21.73. The time took down her previous PR of 4:22.31 set at the Bryan Clay Invitational earlier this season. Also qualifying in prelims was Chrishuna Williams with the top time in the 400-meter at 52.34. Taylor Ellist-Watson will join her in tomorrow’s finals, qualifying with a time of 53.33. The Razorbacks will look to continue their momentum into tomorrow, as the 2014 SEC Outdoor Championships conclude. For updates from the 2014 SEC Outdoor Championships, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter. Team Standings (Thru Day Two) 1. Arkansas — 77pts. 2. Georgia — 54.5 pts. 3. Missouri — 51 pts. 4. Florida — 39.5 pts. 5. LSU — 29.5 pts. 6. Mississippi State — 18 pts. 7. Auburn — 14 pts. 8. South Carolina — 13.5 pts. 9. Kentucky — 13 pts. 10. Texas A&M — 11 pts. 10. Vanderbilt — 11 pts. 12. Alabama — 10 pts. 13. Tennessee — 6 pts. 14. Mississippi — 3 pts. Saturday Results 100-Meter (Prelims) 10. Regine Williams — 11.53 29. Shekara Boakye — 12.16 400-Meter (Prelims) 1. Chrishuna Williams — 52.43Q 5. Taylor Ellis — Watson — 53.33q 15. Daina Harper — 54.27 1,500-Meter (Prelims) 5. Paige Johnston — 4:21.73q (PR — prev. 4:22.31) 6. Stephanie Brown — 4:21.75Q 9. Keri McClary — 4:22.60Q 100-Meter Hurdles (Prelims) 15. Ivanique Kemp — 13.78 16. Alex Gochenour — 13.86 3,000-Meter Steeplechase 1. Grace Heymsfield — 9:57.14 3. Jessica Kamilos — 10:08.73 (PR — 10:10.11) Pole Vault 1. Sandi Morrs – 14-9 2. Danielle Nowell – 13-11.25 3. Ariel Voskamp – 13-11.25 7. Megan Zimlich – 13-1.25 Long Jump 4. Tamara Myers — 20-7.75 (PR — 20-5)

High Jump 3. Kirsten Hesseltine – 5-9.75 11. Leigha Brown – 5-5.75

Javelin 7. Amethyst Boyd – 154-7

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Sports Category : Track & Field (W)