DES MOINES, Iowa – The No. 4 University of Arkansas women’s track and field take on the nation’s elite this week at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The national meet will be held June 8-11 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Competition for the Razorbacks begins Wednesday with semifinal heats in the 400 meters, 800 meters and 400-meter hurdles.
Arkansas collected 12 national entries in eight events. The team’s total is tied for the fourth most among other teams in the nation. The Razorbacks have multiple entries in the 400 meters with Regina George, Whitney Jones and Shelise Williams, 1,500 meters with Kristen Gillespie and Jillian Rosen and pole vault with Tina Sutej and Tara Diebold.
The Razorbacks will also be represented at the NCAA Championships by Stephanie Brown in the 800 meters, Ivanique Kemp in the 100-meter hurdles, Brittany Hyter in the 400-meter hurdles, Makeba Alcide in the heptathlon and the 4×400-meter relay. Arkansas’ quartet of George, Jones, Williams and Gwendolyn Flowers owns the No. 2 time in the NCAA this season.
Arkansas has four top-10 finishes at the national outdoor meet in team history with a program-best fifth-place showing in 2001. Last season, the Razorbacks finished in 15th place with 17 points. The team has four national outdoor championships, most recently when Aneita Denton won the 800 meter crown in 2005.
In pre-meet award news, the Razorbacks collected a pair of USTFCCCA regional honors when Sutej was named the South Central Field Athlete of the Year for her continued success in the pole vault and associate head coach Rolando Greene was selected as the South Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year in recognition of his work with Arkansas’ sprinters.
According to the May 31 release of the national poll, Arkansas vaulted to a season-best No. 4 spot in the country. The team was previously ranked eighth. The Razorbacks are one of five teams from the SEC inside the top 25, along with third-ranked LSU, No. 13 Auburn, No. 15 Tennessee and No. 17 Florida.
This week’s meet will be streamed live both at NCAA.com and GoDrakeBulldogs.com. CBS Sports will televise the meet live Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon-2 p.m. For meet-day coverage, including live results and interactive blog, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
NCAA Championships entries(number represents rank among top 24 qualifiers from prelims)400m — 3. Regina George, 52.31; 5. Whitney Jones, 52.41; 23. Shelise Williams, 53.98800m — 1. Stephanie Brown, 2:02.591,500m — 6. Kristen Gillespie, 4:18.13; 17. Jillian Rosen, 4:22.04100m Hurdles — 16. Ivanique Kemp, 13.20400m Hurdles — 14. Brittany Hyter, 57.634×400 Relay — 4. George/Williams/Flowers/Jones, 3:33.17Pole Vault — 4. Tina Sutej, 13-5.25; 5. Tara Diebold, 13-5.25Heptathlon — 6. Makeba Alcide, 5,646 points
Download: Notes 22_NCAA Championships (women).pdf