FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field coach Lance Harter announced the signing of three student-athletes for the 2009-10 academic year and season.
Stephanie Brown of Downs, Ill. and Tri-Valley High School holds personal bests of 2:08.10 in the 800 meters, 4:56.46 in the 1,600 meters and 4:54.87 in the mile. Her 800-meter time is the national leader and she clocked her mile best this past weekend at the Boston Indoor Games.
At the Arkansas High School Invitational in January, she won the mile in a time of 5:07.19, her then-personal best, and won the 800 meters with a personal best of 2:08.41.
In 2008, Brown broke the 20-year-old Illinois Class A State Championships record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.96, the third best outdoor clocking in Pantagraph area history. She became the third girl in Class A history to win the 800 meters three times.
In the spring, Brown will attempt to become the first girl to win four state 800-meter titles. Her 2008 season-best 800 meters of 2:08.1 indoors was the nation’s 13th fastest. She also placed second in 2008’s state championship 1,600 meters with a time of 5:08.05.
Alyssa Allison of Festus, Mo. and Festus High School was the 2008 Missouri State Champion at 1,600 meters (4:51.70) and 3,200M (10:48.58). She also finished third in the 800 meters (2:12.85). All three times are PRs set in the two-day span of the state championships.
At the 2008 Jefferson County Championships, she won the 200 meters (26.84), the 400 meters (59.67), the 800 meters (2:23.14) and the 1,600 meters (5:24.12).
She also holds bests of 10:42.22 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5:17.71 in the mile, clocked at the Boston Indoor Games this past weekend.
Paige Johnston of Midlothian, Va. and Midlothian High School holds personal bests of 2:13.62 in the 800 meters, 4:59.59 in the 1,600 meters and 5:09.65 in the mile.
Johnston is one of the top 1,000-meter runners in the nation. Her PR of 2:51.05, clocked in 2008, was the No. 2 in the U.S. and is No. 3 in Virginia on the all-time list.
At the 2008 Virginia State Championships, she finished fourth as a member of the 4×800-meter relay (9:22.48) and second in the 800 meters (2:16.07). At the 2008 Virginia Cross Country Championships, she placed ninth with a time of 18:56.
The Razorbacks will host the 2009 Tyson Invitational, Fri.-Sat., Feb 13-14. For more information on Arkansas track and field, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.