FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s track and field team is up to a season-high No. 5 ranking in this week’s national poll released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). With two weeks remaining until the start of the championship season, the Razorbacks have seven top-five national event rankings including two NCAA leaders.
Arkansas moved up five spots to its current position among the nation’s best. The Razorbacks first cracked the top 10 last week, moving up from No. 12 to 10. Now as the No. 5 team in the country, Arkansas is one of three from the Southeastern Conference in the top five and one of five in the top 10. Overall, the SEC had seven teams ranked in the top 25. This week’s ranking is the first of the season based solely on 2013 times and marks.
Based on the USTFCCCA rankings, this weekend’s Arkansas Invitational in Fayetteville will feature four ranked teams. Along with the Razorbacks, Saturday’s meet will include No. 6 Florida, No. 12 UCF, No. 22 Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa. The Arkansas Invitational begins with field events at 11 a.m. (CT) with running events set to start at 4 p.m.
General admission tickets for Razorback home meets during the regular season are $5 and will be sold at the northwest entrance at John McDonnell Field. Fans 17 years and younger are admitted free and University of Arkansas students get in free with their valid student ID.
Competing last weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays, junior Stephanie Brown ran the third-fastest time at 1,500 meters this season. She clocked a personal-best time of 4:14.60 as the top collegiate performer in the race. The Razorbacks still own the NCAA lead at 400 meters with Sparkle McKnight (52.17) and in the heptathlon with Makeba Alcide (5,882 points). Alcide also has the No. 2 mark in the high jump this season.
Regina George has the No. 4 times nationally at both 400 meters and 800 meters with efforts of 52.48 and 2:03.79, respectively. George is also part of the Razorbacks’ fourth-ranked 4×400-meter relay along with McKnight, Gwendolyn Flowers and Chrishuna Williams. The relay foursome posted a school-record time of 3:28.42 at the Texas Relays.
For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.
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