NEW ORLEANS — The No. 2 Arkansas women’s track and field team has moved inside the top-five in the latest Terry Crawford Program of the Year Award standings following its runner-up team finish last weekend at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.
Teams must qualify for each of the NCAA Championships (cross country, indoor and outdoor) to be eligible for the award. A team receives points based on its finish at each championship event (i.e. first = 1 point, 10th = 10 points) and the points are added together with each passing season. The team with the lowest score following the completion of the NCAA Outdoor Championships is determined the winner.
Program of the Year Standings
1. Oregon – 10
2. New Mexico – 11.5
3. Stanford – 12
4. Arkansas – 15
5. Georgia – 18
The Razorbacks posted a top-15 finish this past fall at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships, placing 13th overall in a field of 32. Arkansas was led by sophomore Carina Viljoen who finished 48th with a time of 20:20.40 in her first national race.
Indoor Track and Field
The Arkansas women took silver at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships this past weekend in College Station, Texas. Seven Razorbacks tallied 49 points as three took individual championships. Senior Taliyah Brooks took first in the pentathlon while Lexi Jacobus and Payton Chadwick took gold in the Pole Vault and the 60-meter hurdles, respectively. Arkansas posted 12 additional points in the pole vault as Tori Hoggard placed second and Desiree Freier finished fifth. Senior Nikki Hiltz placed third in the mile and Janeek Brown touted a eighth place finish in the 60-meter hurdles to round out the Razorbacks’ scoring.
2017-2018 Indoor First Team All-American(s)
Taliyah Brooks – Pentathlon, 1st place
Janeek Brown – 60-meter hurdles, 8th place
Payton Chadwick – 60-meter hurdles, 1st place
Desiree Freier – Pole Vault, 5th place
Nikki Hiltz – Mile, 3rd place
Tori Hoggard – Pole Vault, 2nd place
Lexi Jacobus – Pole Vault, 1st place
2017-2018 Indoor Second Team All-American(s)
Jada Baylark – 60 meters
Taliyah Brooks – Long Jump
Morgan Burks-Magee – 400 meters
Payton Chadwick – 200 meters
Payton Chadwick – Long Jump, 9th place
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