FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Five-time All-America performer Sandi Morris has been named Southeastern Conference Field Athlete of the Week the conference office announced this afternoon. This marks the second time in her career that Morris has earned a SEC indoor weekly honor.
The Greenville, S.C. native earned the award for her record-breaking performance in the pole vault that helped lead the No. 7 Arkansas women’s track and field team to a 96-72 dual victory over No. 5 Texas at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Friday night (Jan. 16). The Razorbacks collected 11 wins in the victory.
Entering the competition after all other vaulters had bowed out, Morris notched second-attempt clearances at both 14-1.25 and 14-7.25. For the second weekend in a row, she then moved the bar up to 15-1.5 (4.61m) to once more attempt a height one centimeter better than the collegiate record – this time with record-holder Kaitlin Petrilose (Texas) watching.
After missing on her first two tries, Morris nailed her third attempt and captured the collegiate and program record. Seventeen hours later the collegiate record was topped by Demi Payne of Stephen F. Austin (15-2.25), so Morris ended the weekend with the program record and the No. 10 (tied) mark on the all-time U.S. indoor performers list.
Morris and the No. 7 Razorbacks will hit the road this weekend for the first time in 2015. Arkansas will participate in the Rod McCravy Memorial (Jan. 23-24) in Lexington, Ky. on the campus of the University of Kentucky.
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Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Sandi Morris
- Posted a collegiate-record-breaking performance in the pole vault to help lead No. 7 Arkansas to a 96-72 dual-meet victory against No. 5 Texas at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Friday. Her record was later broken by Stephen F. Austin’s Demi Payne on Saturday.
- Cleared 4.61m/15-1.50 on her third and final attempt to surpass the previous collegiate record by just one centimeter – a record formerly held by her opponent Kaitlin Petrillose of Texas.
For the first 17 years of the NCAA women’s indoor pole vault, only one woman cleared 15 feet and Morris was one of two to accomplish that feat last weekend. Fayetteville, the “Track Capital of the World”, will be at the center of the track and field universe on the weekend of March 13-14 as the Razorbacks will host the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center, the home of the “Fastest Indoor Track in the World”. Since the facility’s opening in 2000, Arkansas and the Randal Tyson Track Center have hosted the event 11 times, including nine straight seasons and 11 of the last 13 championships.
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