No. 2 Razorbacks Host Arkansas Twilight, Distance Crew to Stanford

BY Zach Lawson

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In its final regular-season meet of the season, the No. 2 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team will host the Arkansas Twilight Friday at John McDonnell Field. Prime time events—running finals—are set to begin at 6 p.m. (CT). The Razorbacks will also send runners to the Jordan Payton Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.

The gates for Friday’s home meet will open at 3 p.m. for ticket sales. General admission is $5 with free admission for UA students with valid ID and fans 17 years and younger. The Arkansas Twilight will be streamed live on SEC Network PLUS beginning with running events. Live results will also be available through Flash Results.

Arkansas is up three spots to a season-high No. 2 ranking in this week’s USTFCCCA national poll. The Razorbacks are set to host No. 21 Oklahoma State, Missouri State, Tulsa and Arkansas Baptist. With the team’s distance crew headed out to Stanford, Arkansas will focus on its sprints and field events at home. Among those scheduled to compete are NCAA champion Sandi Morris in the pole vault and indoor runner-up Taylor Ellis-Watson at 200 and 400 meters.

For the second time this season, the Razorbacks will also be competing at Stanford. Arkansas will be represented out west by Therese Haiss, Jessica Kamilos, Shannon Klenke, Diane Robison, Rebekka Simko, Dominique Scott, Regan Ward and Chrishuna Williams. Scott, the NCAA leader with a school-record 32:11.60 at 10,000 meters, will be running her first 5K of the season. Live results for the meet will be available through Record Timing.

In addition to the nation-leading marks by Scott, the Arkansas women have collected 20 top-25 marks through the first five weeks of the outdoor season. The team has additional top-five performances from Ellis-Watson at 200 meters, Kamilos in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Scott at 1,500 meters and Alex Gochenour in the heptathlon.

The Razorbacks won two titles on their way to winning the Hy-Vee Cup at the 106th Drake Relays in their last outing. The sprint-medley relay team of Ellis-Watson, Williams, Daina Harper and Regine Williams broke the meet record—also held by Arkansas—with their 3:43.64 performance. The weekend also featured a victory in the 4×400-meter relay to push the program’s total to 11 Drake Relays titles.

This weekend marks the final competition before the 2015 SEC Outdoor Championships. This year’s conference meet will be contested May 14-16 at Spencer Stadium/Maddox Track in Starkville, Miss. The Razorbacks are the defending outdoor champions and have five of the past seven SEC competitions overall, dating back to the 2013 indoor meet in Fayetteville.

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