FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 6 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team racked up eight event victories at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks had wins from Tiffany Hines at 100 meters, Gwendolyn Flowers at 200 meters, Regina George at 400 meters, Martine Borge at 800 meters, Ivanique Kemp in the 100-meter hurdles, Tina Sutej in the pole vault and 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
In her first open race of the outdoor season, George powered past the field in a personal-best time of 52.05 to win the 400 meters. With her performance, she currently leads the Southeastern Conference in the event and ranks No. 2 in the NCAA. Her previous best of 52.31 came last season at the NCAA West Preliminary.
She was also part of both Razorback relays that posted season-best times Saturday. She teamed with Flowers, Hines and Whitney Jones to win the 4×100-meter relay in 44.09, the third-fastest time in program history. In the final event of the day, Flowers, George, Jones and Chrishuna Williams combined for a season-best time of 3:33.94 to win the 4×400-meter relay.
Sutej, the two-time NCAA indoor champion, continued her winning ways with a final clearance of 4.42m/14-6 in the pole vault. The outcome extends her season winning streak to eight competitions, dating back to the start of the indoor season. Sutej out-dueled former Razorback standouts April Steiner-Bennett and Katie (Stripling) Tannehill for the victory.
The Razorbacks collected wins in the short sprints via personal best from Hines in the 100 meters and Flowers in the 200 meters. Hines matched her career best with a time of 11.60 in her victory, while Flowers won the 200 meters in a career-best time of 23.76.
Borge and Kemp rounded out the Razorbacks’ victory circle with their performances at 800 meters and in the 100-meter hurdles, respectively. Borge took more than a second off her previous best, crossing the finish line for the win in 2:06.54. In the preliminary round of the 100-meter hurdles, Kemp tied her wind-legal best of 13.20. She returned to the track to post a time of 13.24 in the event final.
For the second consecutive weekend, Kirsten Hesseltine established a career best in the high. The Razorback sophomore cleared the bar set at 1.75m/5-8.75 and finished second in the event. She improved upon her previous best of 1.73m/5-8 which she set last week at the UTEP Invitational. Other personal-best efforts came from Diane Robison (4:28.41) in the 1,500 meters and Chelsey Roberts (1.60m/5-3) in the high jump.
Late Friday night at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., the Razorbacks wrapped up the competition schedule with freshmen Dominique Scott and Kaitlin Flattmann in the 5,000 meters. Running in the ‘A’ section of the event, Scott finished the race in sixth place with a time of 16:12.69, the fastest ever by an Arkansas freshman. Flattmann crossed the finish line in a time of 16:50.06, good for 26th place.
The Razorbacks return to action April 26-28 with the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. The team will also have select members of its field crew competing at Penn Relays in Philadelphia that same weekend. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
John McDonnell Invitational Results
100 Meters(prelims)1. Tiffany Hines – 11.61q3. Gwendolyn Flowers – 11.67q15. Shekara Boakye – 12.34
(finals)1. Tiffany Hines – 11.60 (PR)3. Gwendolyn Flowers – 11.66
200 Meters1. Gwendolyn Flowers – 23.76 (PR)2. Tiffany Hines – 23.789. Ivanique Kemp – 24.5015. Makeba Alcide – 25.4024. Alexa Vessell – 27.21
400 Meters1. Regina George – 52.05 (PR)5. Whitney Jones – 53.6112. Rachel Werner – 55.7414. Chrishuna Williams – 56.00
800 Meters1. Martine Borge – 2:06.54 (PR)
1,500 Meters6. Diane Robison – 4:28.41 (PR)
5,000 Meters5. Rachel Carpino – 18:03.25
5,000 Meters (from Friday night at Mt. SAC Relays)6. Dominique Scott – 16:12.6926. Kaitlin Flattmann – 16:50.06
100m Hurdles(prelims)1. Ivanique Kemp – 13.20q3. Brittany Hyter – 13.32q9. Makeba Alcide – 14.12q
(finals)1. Ivanique Kemp – 13.242. Brittany Hyter – 13.368. Makeba Alcide – 14.23
400m Hurdles3. Brittany Hyter – 59.566. Bethany Hyter – 1:03.31
4x100m Relay1. Flowers/George/Hines/Jones – 44.09
4x400m Relay1. George/Jones/Williams/Flowers – 3:33.943. Werner/Hines/Br. Hyter/Borge – 3:43.86
High Jump2. Kirsten Hesseltine – 1.75m/5-8.75 (PR)5. Chelsey Roberts – 1.60m/5-3 (PR)
Pole Vault1. Tina Sutej – 4.42m/14-65. Danielle Nowell – 4.05m/13-3.58. Natasha Benner – 3.85m/12-7.511. Megan Weller – 3.65m/11-11.75
Long Jump3. Makeba Alcide – 5.85m/19-2.54. Whitney Jones – 5.80m/19-0.5
Triple Jump4. Tamara Myers – 11.69m/38-4.25