FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 4 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team has this weekend off in advance of the beginning of its championship season. The 2012 SEC Indoor Championships will be contested Feb. 24-26 at the Nutter Field House in Lexington, Ky. The Razorbacks’ remaining indoor slate also includes their Last Chance meet (March 2) and NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho (March 9-10).
"In terms of being on track for the national meet, we’re right on schedule," head coach Lance Harter said. "Things never change or get easier in the SEC. It’s always a tough meet. We tell the team to stick with the plan because it’s working. We need to make good choice and stay healthy so we can be ultimately prepared."
Arkansas remains in the No. 4 spot in this week’s release of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings. The Razorbacks are one of five ranked SEC teams, including four inside the top eight. Arkansas is joined by No. 3 LSU, No. 7 Florida, No. 8 Tennessee and No. 24 South Carolina.
Entering the third weekend of February, the Razorbacks own 10 national top-10 event rankings and have secured six NCAA automatic qualifiers. Arkansas has one No. 1 national event performer with Tina Sutej in the pole vault. The team has three top marks among SEC competitors with Sutej, Makeba Alcide in the pentathlon and its distance-medley relay.
Nationally, Sutej leads the pole vault with a 4.45m/14-7.25 clearance at the Razorback Invitational. She is joined in the event by Tara Diebold, who is sixth in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.30m/14-1.25. Regina George (52.73) and Whitney Jones (53.13) are third and sixth, respectively, among 400-meter runners. Stephanie Brown has the fourth-fastest time at 800 meters and is sixth in the mile. Kristen Gillespie is No. 8 in the mile with her school-record time of 4:36.94.
The Razorbacks have two top-three relays through the first six weeks of the season. The 4×400-meter relay team of George, Jones, Gwendolyn Flowers and Chrishuna Williams has run a time of 3:32.75, the third fastest in the country. Brown, Flowers and Gillespie were also part of the distance-medley relay, along with Samantha Learch, to post the No. 3 time in that event of 11:01.01. In the pentathlon, Alcide leads the conference and is No. 7 nationally with her total of 3,997 points.
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National Top-10 Event Rankings400 Meters3. Regina George – 52.736. Whitney Jones – 53.13
800 Meters4. Stephanie Brown – 2:03.93*
Mile6. Stephanie Brown – 4:35.81c*8. Kristen Gillespie – 4:36.94*
4×400-Meter Relay3. Flowers/Jones/Williams/George – 3:32.75*
Distance-Medley Relay3. Gillespie/Flowers/Learch/Brown – 11:01.01*
Pole Vault1. Tina Sutej – 4.45m/14-7.25*6. Tara Diebold – 4.30m/14-1.25
Pentathlon7. Makeba Alcide – 3,997 points
* – NCAA automatic qualifier || c – converted
Download: Notes 5_SEC Championships.pdf