FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 5 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team travels to Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend to compete at the 106th Drake Relays. Competition for the Razorbacks starts Friday at 9:30 a.m. (CT) with event prelims and continues through Saturday afternoon. In the program’s history at the annual event, Arkansas has won seven Drake Relays titles and owns two meet records.
At last year’s Drake Relays, the Arkansas women finished scored 20 points to finish second place in the standings for the Hy-Vee Cup which is awarded to the top scoring team in the collegiate relay events. The Razorbacks were the runner-up in the 4×400-meter relay to go along with a third-place finish in the 4×1,600-meter relay. Arkansas set the meet records in the 4×400-meter relay (3:28.63) in 2011 and sprint-medley relay (3:45.48) in 2012.
In addition to their individual events, the Razorbacks are scheduled to race in the 4×100-, 4×400-, 4×800-meter and sprint- and distance-medley relays. Three of Arkansas’ seven Drake Relays titles have come in the 4×400-meter relay. Arkansas is one of seven ranked teams competing at the Drake Relays, joined by No. 7 Georgia, No. 9 Baylor, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 18 Texas Tech, No. 21 Missouri and No. 24 Notre Dame.
Through the first month of the outdoor season, Arkansas has racked up 12 top-10 nationally ranked performances with eight top-five efforts. The Razorbacks also own NCAA-leading marks with Dominique Scott at 10,000 meters (32:11.60) and Sandi Morris in the pole vault (4.62m/15-1.75). Morris’ clearance also represents the new collegiate record which was previously held by former Razorback standout Tina Sutej.
The Razorbacks’ next home meet is scheduled for May 1 with the Arkansas Twilight at John McDonnell Field. For more information about tickets for home events, call 800-982-HOGS (4647), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Razorback Ticket Center located just east of Baum Stadium.
Arkansas is one of eight SEC teams in this week’s USTFCCCA top-25 rankings with all eight positioned inside the top 21 spots. To open the postseason campaign, the 2015 SEC Outdoor Championships will be held May 14-16 at Spencer Stadium/Maddox Track in Starkville, Miss.
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