NORMAN, Okla. – Arkansas Lady Razorback track and field battled blustery winds and cool temperatures at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Okla. on Saturday. Despite the somewhat difficult conditions, the Lady’Backs still managed to take three regional-qualifying marks back to Fayetteville.
Stephanie Irwin recorded her first regional-qualifying clearance of the season in the pole vault on Saturday. With a height of 12-7.5, she finished third in the event and solidified her place in post-season competition.
Michelle Rossio recorded a regional-qualifying mark on Friday. She marked a toss of 179-4 in the hammer throw, good for a ninth-place finish. Her throw is an eight-inch personal best, her first regional-qualifying mark of the season and ranks fifth in the SEC. Angie Scott finished ninth in the event with a throw of 141-10.
Rossio came back on Saturday to finish 10th in the discus with a mark of 148-5 and ninth in the shot put with a toss of 41-9.25.
After a stellar outing at Texas Relays last weekend, Peter-Gaye Beckford returned to competition today and hit another regional-qualifying mark in the long jump. Her third of the season, Beckford marked a leap of 20-1.75, a season best, to take fourth place.
Beckford also competed in the shot put where she marked a toss of 40-4, good for a 12th-place finish.
Dominque Lauderdale earned a runner-up finish in the 100 meters. She clocked a personal-best and wind-legal time of 11.87. Jennifer Fall won the 400-meter hurdles with a clocking of 1:02.40. Lauderdale went on to finish sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 24.25.
Also in the field events, Kelsey Mollenkamp finished third in the javelin with a toss of 121-10.
Arkansas had three competitors in the 400 meters. Tominque Boatright finished third (54.63), Courtenay Brown was sixth (56.47) and Devon Williams finished ninth (57.80).
Brown, Williams, Boatright and Lauderdale came back to run the final event of the day, the 4×400-meters. The quartet won the event with a clocking of 3:43.45.
Makeatha Cooper clocked a 13.50 in the 100-meter hurdles but her time was clocked with an illegal wind of 4.3 so her mark does not count.
The Lady’Backs will part ways again next weekend with a group heading west for Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. and the rest of the squad staying at home for the John McDonnell Invitational. For complete details of Lady’Back track and field, visit www.ladybacks.com.