FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 3 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team will host the Arkansas Last Chance meet Friday, March 4, at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. This will mark the final home meet of the indoor season for the Razorbacks. Competition begins at1 p.m.(CT) with the shot put while the running events start at 5 p.m. with the 60-meter hurdles.
"Some of our athletes will compete this weekend and others won’t," head coach Lance Harter said. "It comes down to a decision between coach and athlete on who needs a tune-up and who doesn’t. Ultimately, it’s all in final preparation for the national championships."
Arkansas is scheduled to compete in seven events at Friday’s meet. Gwendolyn Flowers, Bethany Hyter, Brittany Hyter and Rachel Werner are set to run the 400 meters, while Martine Borge, Stephanie Brown and Samantha Learch will compete in the 800 meters. Kristen Gillespie will be the lone Razorback in the mile run. In the 60-meter hurdles, Makeba Alcide, Breeana Coleman, Brittany Hyter and Ivanique Kemp will look to improve on their respective season-best times.
Alcide will double up and join Shantel Thompson in the long jump. Thompson is also scheduled to compete in the triple jump. Tara Diebold, currently ranked No. 10 in the nation, is set for the pole vault.
Entering the weekend, the Razorback women have five NCAA automatic qualifiers spread among three student-athletes and two relays. Tina Sutej holds the top mark in the NCAA with her collegiate-record performance at the SEC Championships. In winning her second-straight indoor title, the junior standout cleared 14-10.75 to extend her national lead.
Along with their 4×400-meter and distance-medley relays, the Razorbacks’ individual qualifiers for the NCAA Championships are Sutej (pole vault), Regina George (400m) and Shelise Williams (400m). Other top-10 national performers for the team are Tara Diebold (pole vault, 10th) and Whitney Jones (400m, seventh).
In the most recent release of the USTFCCCA national rankings, Arkansas is the third-ranked team in the country, a season-high position for the team. In the South Central region, the Razorbacks hold the top spot. Arkansas is one of five teams from the SEC ranked inside the top 25. Overall the SEC is the top-rated league in the conference index, ahead of the Big 12 and Pac-10, respectively.
The meet will serve as the team’s final preparation for the NCAA Championships, held March 11-12 in College Station, Texas. For home meet information and meet-day coverage, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Download: Last Chance entries.pdf