KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Junior Miranda Walker led the No. 11 Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field team with a bronze finish in the 10,000 meters on day two of the SEC Outdoor Championships, in Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday.
Georgia leads the team race with 29 points, Kentucky is second with 26 points and Auburn rounds out the top three with 13 points. The Razorbacks are sitting in fifth place with 10 points.
"We are ahead of schedule, in terms of points, after a solid day in the heptathlon and some good qualifiers," head coach Lance Harter said. "Makeba Alcide closed really well in the heptathlon and actually had seven personal bests, which is nearly unheard of, and set her country’s national record in the event. Miranda Walker kept a nice, solid pace in the 10K. We knew we had third place locked up so we had her shut it down with half way in to save something for the 5K on Sunday. Stephanie Brown turned in a solid, competitive race in the 800 prelims and that’s a final we are looking forward to."
Walker, with the No. 3 time coming into the race, held true to form as she finished third in the 10,000 meters with a time of 35:35.26. Her bronze showing is the highest she has finished in a 10K and in an SEC race in her career.
In the heptathlon, freshman Makeba Alcide finished sixth with 5,153 points and a St. Lucia National Record. She finished the seven-event competition with a leap of 17-9 in the long jump, a toss of 97-3 in the javelin and a time of 2:20.82 in the 800 meters.
Freshman Leah Orley finished eighth in the heptathlon with 5,043 points. She finished with a leap of 16-10.5 in the long jump, a personal-best throw of 117-11 in the Javelin and a winning time of 2:14.40 in the 800 meters.
Freshman Stephanie Brown won the prelims of the 800 meters. She clocked a winning time of 2:05.38, also a personal best. Freshman Martine Borge finished 15th with a time of 2:15.36
Junior Shelise Williams and freshman Regina George both advanced to Sunday’s final in the 200 meters. They clocked times of 23.40 and 23.66, respectively, and Williams’ time is a personal best. Sophomore Whitney Jones finished 22nd with a 24.43, freshman Gwendolyn Flowers was 30th in 24.97 and freshman Rachel Werner clocked a time of 25.25 to finish 37th.
Orley and sophomore Brittany Hyter competed in the prelims of the 400 meters hurdles. They finished 11th and 12th with times of 1:00.27 and 1:00.32, respectively, but did not make the finals.
The Razorbacks will continue competition Saturday with the long jump at 2:30 p.m.