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NCAA Championships up next for No. 7 Razorbacks

BY ANDRES FOCIL
NCAA Championships up next for No. 7 Razorbacks
EUGENE, Ore. — The No. 7 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team will wrap its 2013 season this week at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, beginning Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. In addition to preliminary rounds at 400 meters and in the 400-meter hurdles, the Razorbacks’ schedule on day one will also feature a scoring opportunity with Semehar Tesfaye at 10,000 meters. Overall, the Razorbacks have 11 national entries at the NCAA Championships. The team’s qualifiers are spread among nine events, nine athletes and the 4×400-meter relay. Makeba Alcide is Arkansas’ lone double qualifier with competition scheduled for the high jump and heptathlon. The Razorbacks have the fifth-highest total of qualifiers at the national meet. “We’re excited about the competition ahead of us,” head coach Lance Harter said. “We’ve already been through one qualifiers, in respects to going to Austin for the first two rounds, and now this is the final with the top 24–12 from the West and 12 from the East–hitting head-to-head. I think we’re in the position where we can score in every event we’re entered. It’s just a matter of taking care of the semifinal round to advance.” Along with the scoring chance for Tesfaye in the only track final of the day, the Razorbacks will have three competitors in preliminary rounds. Regina George will begin competition in the semifinals of the 400 meters while Gwendolyn Flowers and Sparkle McKnight will run in the prelims of the 400-meter hurdles. George enters the meet with the No. 2 time in the country (51.00) at 400 meters. During the four-day meet in Oregon, Arkansas will be represented by Alcide, Flowers, George, McKnight, Stephanie Brown at 1,500 meters, Kirsten Hesseltine in the high jump, Grace Heymsfield in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Tamara Myers in the triple jump and the 4×400-meter relay. The Razorbacks have four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, including a program high fifth-place finish in 2001. Arkansas also has top-10 showings in 1991, 2000 and 2004. Last season, the Razorbacks finished in a tie for 24th place with 13 points. Individually, Arkansas has 14 national event titles including four NCAA outdoor winners, the last being Aneita Denton who won at 800 meters in 2005. The Razorbacks are one of six teams from the SEC ranked this week, and one of five positioned inside the top 10. Along with Arkansas, the SEC is represented by No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 LSU, No. 10 Georgia and No. 22 South Carolina. The SEC also leads the country with 96 national qualifiers. In addition live results via Flash Results and an interactive blog, each day of the meet will be broadcast with coverage windows spread among Pac-12 Live Stream, ESPN3.com, WatchESPN and ESPNU. 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.
NCAA Championships Qualifiers Makeba Alcide — High Jump, Heptathlon Stephanie Brown — 1,500 Meters Gwendolyn Flowers — 400m Hurdles Regina George — 400 Meters Kirsten Hesseltine — High Jump Grace Heymsfield — 3,000m Steeplechase Sparkle McKnight — 400m Hurdles Tamara Myers — Triple Jump Semehar Tesfaye — 10,000 Meters 4x400m Relay
Broadcast/Webcast Schedule (all times CT) Wednesday, June 5 2-10 p.m. — Pac-12 Live Stream Thursday, June 6 1-5:50 p.m. — Pac-12 Live Stream 5:50-10 p.m. — ESPN3.com / WatchESPN Friday, June 7 2:30-6:30 p.m. — Pac-12 Live Stream 6:30-9 p.m. — ESPNU / WatchESPN Saturday, June 8 2:30-4 p.m. — Pac-12 Live Stream 4-6 p.m. — ESPNU / WatchESPN

Download: Meet Schedule – 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships.pdf



Sports Category : Track & Field (W)