FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The fourth-ranked Arkansas women’s track and field team heads back to the Lone Star state this weekend set to compete at the Baylor Invitational on Saturday, April 8 in Waco, Texas.
Along with Arkansas teams making the trip to Waco include: Abilene Christian, Central Michigan, Fresno State, Lamar, Midwestern State, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Texas, Northwestern State, Oral Roberts, UT-Arlington and UT-Rio Grande Valley.
Senior Daina Harper will be one of seven Razorback All-Americans opening up in their signature events this weekend at Baylor. An NCAA indoor top-four finisher in the 400-meter dash at the championship meet this past March, Harper will make her outdoor debut on Saturday at 4:25 p.m. CT.
Relay All-Americans Damajahnee Birch and Brianna Swinton will take to the track solo both in pursuit of individual NCAA qualifying marks in the 400 hurdles. Birch advanced to the outdoor national meet in the intermediate hurdles as a freshman last year, finishing 17th for honorable mention recognition. Her PR of 56.46 in the event ranks her at No. 2 in program history, second only to Trinidadian Olympian Sparkle McKnight.
Multis Taliyah Brooks, Leigha Brown, Kelsey Herman and Payton Stumbaugh are all still slated to compete in a multitude of events even whilst on break from the heptathlon. All four Razorbacks will tune up in the 100-meter hurdles and participate in both the 4-x-100 and 4-x-400 relays. Additionally, Brooks, Herman and Stumbaugh will get some individual speed work in the 200 and on the long jump runway while Brown will focus on improvement in the 800.
Additional Razorbacks to Watch
• Sprints: Jada Baylark (100/200), Sunkietra McCallister (400), Kiara Parker (100/200) and Ceara Watson (400)
• Middle Distance: Alex Byrnes (800)
• Field Events: Desiree Freier (Pole Vault), Lexi Weeks (Pole Vault) and Tori Weeks (Pole Vault)
Arkansas will kick off competition in Waco at 11 a.m. CT with Brooks, Herman, Ashlee Moore and Stumbaugh in the long jump. Razorback action on the track will start at 3:25 p.m. CT with the women’s 4-x-100-meter relay.
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