FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 10 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team continues its outdoor season beginning Thursday at the 55th Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The prestigious three-day event will be contested at Hilmer Lodge Stadium. With a majority of the team’s sprinters and jumpers taking a break from competition, the Razorbacks’ middle- and long-distance crews will be featured this weekend.
“We’re really excited about the opportunities we have this weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays,” head coach Lance Harter said. “It’s a very exciting meet and a very fast track. It’s an opportunity for us to see some of the best collegians in the U.S., and go head-to-head with them. Now is the time for us to run in our primary events and get things done.”
Aside from senior sprinter Gwendolyn Flowers competing in her home state, Arkansas’ entries will be concentrated between races at 800 and 10,000 meters. Flowers, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., is scheduled to compete at 200 meters and in the 400-meter hurdles.
At the middle distances, Martine Borge will compete at 800 meters while Stephanie Brown, Paige Johnston and Keri Wood will run in different sections of the 1,500 meters. Borge enters the weekend off a personal-best effort in her last race, a 2:06.21 showing at the John McDonnell Invitational. Brown and Wood will be running their first 1,500-meter races of the season.
The Razorbacks have a scheduled eight entries at 5,000 meters, three of which–Grace Heymsfield, Diane Robison and Dominique Scott–are set to compete in the invitational elite section. Rachel Carpino will be Arkansas’ lone runner at 10,000 meters, while Jessica Kamilos will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second time in as many weeks. In her first-ever steeplechase last weekend, she posted a time of 10:22.14 at the McDonnell Invitational.
In this week’s release of the USTFCCCA national poll, Arkansas moved up two spots to a season-high No. 10 ranking. Previously, the Razorbacks were ranked as high as 11th two weeks ago. Arkansas is one of six teams from the SEC ranked this week, four of which are positioned within the nation’s top 10. Individually, Arkansas has a pair of national event leaders with Sparkle McKnight at 400 meters and Makeba Alcide in the heptathlon.
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