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First road trip goes to Virginia Tech

First road trip goes to Virginia Tech

FAYETTEVILLE – In its first away weekend of the 2011 season, the No. 6 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team will compete in the two-day Virginia Tech Invitational this weekend. Competition is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. (CT) at the Rector Fieldhouse in Blacksburg, Va.

"After a good opening weekend, we’re on our way to Virginia Tech," head coach Lance Harter said. "The competition continues to escalate as the season goes on and we’re excited about the opportunity to get to Blacksburg. We’ll see some outstanding ACC teams and other regional teams around that part of the East Coast."

The weekend competition will mark a return trip to Virginia Tech for the Razorbacks who competed at the meet last season. Over those two days, Arkansas collected four event wins with Regina George in the 800 meters, Kristen Gillespie in the 1,000 meters, the 4×400-meter relay and distance medley relay. George, Gillespie and Shelise Williams all turned in two first-place showings.

After one weekend of competition, three Razorbacks own the top national marks in their respective events. Williams posted a 54.16 in her first 400 meters of the season last weekend at the Arkansas Invitational. Stephanie Brown ran 2:43.94 in the 1,000 meters for a first-place showing and Tina Sutej cleared a world-leading and NCAA automatic qualifying 14-5.25 in the pole vault.

Additionally, George is second in the 400 meters with her time of 54.46 and Tara Diebold has the No. 2 jump in the pole vault at 13-9.25. The meet marked the first for Diebold since the 2009 season.

Results and start lists will be available when all entries are complete at Arkansas returns to its home facility at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Jan. 28-29 for the Razorbacks Invitational. For more information and continued coverage, log on to

Download: 2011 VT INV FINAL SCHEDULE.pdf

Sports Category : Track & Field (W)