EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 7 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team will begin competition at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships Wednesday. The Razorbacks will compete for the NCAA Outdoor Title June 11-14 at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
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WHAT TO WATCH The field and multi events will be what to watch this week, as assistant coach Bryan Compton advanced all nine of his events from the West Preliminary. Amethyst Boyd qualified for the NCAA Championships on a huge school-record throw of 163-3 to send her to the national meet for the first time.
A stellar performance by the pole vaulters, landed all four vaulters at NCAAs. Sandi Morris, Danielle Nowell, Megan Zimlich and Ariel Voskamp will all four be a scoring opportunity for the Razorbacks, attempting for an NCAA Title. Tamara Myers double-qualified in long jump and triple jump, while Kirsten Hesseltine had a clean jump through 5-7 to advance to Eugene. A third-place finish in the heptathlon at the Southeastern Conference Championships earned Alexandria Gochenour a place at the NCAA Championships.
In running events, the Razorbacks will be represented in the 1,500-meter by Stephanie Brown, who holds the No. 1 time in the NCAA. Diane Robison, the 5,000-meter SEC Champion, and Dominique Scott will run the 5k, while Grace Heymsfield and Jessica Kamilos will go for the steeplechase title. In sprints, the quartet of Regine Williams, Chrishuna Williams, Daina Harper and Taylor Ellis-Watson will run the 4×400-meter relay.
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“We’re coming in focused and ready to compete. We have some really great girls out and I think we might surprise some people. We’re going to go out there and rock the Arkansas red and give it all we’ve got. It’s hard when you have some an amazing team to uphold that legacy that we’ve had for so long. It’s such an honor.” – Sandi Morris, junior, pole vault
“I am so excited, it’s my first time at the NCAA Championships. I knew if I could get through my first attempts and do the things Coach Compton told me to do, that I could make it. I was able to relax and get the job done. It’s such a privilege to be here with the three other vaulters. I’ve looked up to the other girls, and it feels great to finally be here and acheive this goal. But I don’t want to stop there, I want to do my best and score.” – Megan Zimlich, sophomore, pole vault
“I am so excited – I finally made it to my first NCAA Championships. I have had a lot of great practices leading up to this point, now I’m here and I’m ready. Having all of Compton’s Crew here is great, that moment we all made it was awesome. We’re all here and we’re all working together.” – Alexandria Gochenour, junior, heptathlon