EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 7 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team wrapped up a successful day two at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships, qualifying two events to the finals and showcasing a strong performance in the heptathlon.
Entering the meet as the nation’s top 1,500-meter runner, Stephanie Brown did not disappoint, easily winning her heat of the semifinals for the overall top finish in 4:16.10. She will compete for the event title in the finals Saturday at approximately 2:30 (CT).
The women’s 4×400-meter relay team of Daina Harper, Regine Williams, Taylor Ellis-Watson and Chrishuna Williams won heat one for an automatic qualifying spot in the finals. Their time of 3:29.95 finished third overall. The 4×4 finals will close out the NCAA Championships Saturday at approximately 3:55 p.m. (CT).
There are certain people we seem to have a very positive chance to advance to finals,” said Head Coach Lance Harter. “Brown did a great job in the 1,500 making sure she secured a spot in finals. Also having our mile relay team win their heat was an added bonus. We’re really pleased.”
A strong performance by Alex Gochenour on day one of the heptathlon put the sophomore in good standing with a seventh place spot through the first four events. Gochenour started the day on a high note, earning 1,031 points right off the bat with a 13.63 finish in the 100-meter hurdles. After two solid performances in high jump (5-6.5/842 pts.) and shot put (38-2.75/638 pts.), Gochenour finished the day strong with a time of 25.34 in the 200-meter dash to pick up 856 points to round out the day. She sits in seventh place with 3,367 points, just 18 points behind the sixth place spot. Only 318 points separate the top seven spots after day one.
“Gochechnour did a really good job putting herself in scoring position today,” said Harter. “She’s just got to get through three more events tomorrow, she’s doing great.”
Day three of the NCAA Championships will begin at 2:30 p.m. (CT) with the long jump, the fifth event of the heptathlon. For more information on Razorback Track and Field, follow @RazorbackWTrack on Twitter.
Thursday Results (Day Two)
1. Stephanie Brown – 4:16.10Q
3. Harper/R. Williams/Ellis-Watson/C. Williams – 3:29.95Q
Heptathlon (Day One)
7. Alex Gochenour – 3,367
6. 100H – 13.63 (1,031 pts.)
13. HJ – 5-6.5 (842 pts.)
13. SP – 38-2.75 (638 pts.)
12. 200m – 25.34 (856 pts.)