FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas women’s track and field team is set to host the 2014 NCAA West Preliminary, May 29-31, at John McDonnell Field.
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BEST OF THE WEST Approximately 1,670 of the nation’s top athletes will compete at John McDonnell Field this week, with their sight set on qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. Among the 200 teams heading to Fayetteville are 15 of the NCAA’s top-25 ranked teams: Texas (1), Oregon (3), Texas A&M (4), Arkansas (8), Southern California (9), Stanford (10), Baylor (12), Kansas (13), Arizona (14), Texas Tech (15), Missouri (17), San Diego State (18), Boise State (19), Arizona State (21), Oklahoma (25).
20 ENTRIES FOR ARKANSAS Arkansas enters the West Preliminary with 20 entries, the fifth-largest preliminary contingent in the nation. Arkansas will compete in 13 events, with 20 individual qualifiers and the 4×400-relay team. The Razorbacks enter the meet with two of the top performances in the 1,500-meter (Stephanie Brown/4:11.40) and pole vault (Sandi Morris/14-9). In total, Arkansas has 12 top-10 marks in the NCAA prior to the preliminary meet.
SEC CHAMPIONS The No. Razorbacks are on the heels of a Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championship, as head coach Lance Harter led the No. 8 Razorbacks to their first Southeastern Conference outdoor title since 2004, earning the SEC Coach of the Year honor for the fourth time in his career. Arkansas won four events en route to its SEC Title, including a 1-2-3 finish in the 5,000-meter led by Diane Robison (15:48.25) to put Arkansas in the lead heading into the final day of competition.
SEC HONORS Coach Harter was named SEC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career, after leading his team to its first SEC Outdoor Championship in a decade. In addition, 12 athletes were named to the All-SEC team. All-SEC First Team: Grace Heymsfield, Sandi Morris, Diane Robison, Dominique Scott. All-SEC Second Team: Taylor Ellis-Watson, Daina Harper, Kirsten Hesseltine, Jessica Kamilos, Danielle Nowell, Ariel Voskamp, Chrishuna Williams, Regine Williams. SEC All-Freshman Team: Samantha Mohler. For more information on Razorback Track and Field, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.
NCAA West Preliminary Individual Qualifiers (By Athlete) Amethyst Boyd: Javelin Stephanie Brown: 1,500m Taylor Ellis-Watson: 400m, 4×4 Alex Gochenour: 100mH Daina Harper: 400m, 4×4 Kirsten Hesseltine: High Jump Grace Heymsfield: Steeplechase Paige Johnston: 1,500m Jessica Kamilos: Steeplechase Keri McClary: 1,500m Sandi Morris: Pole Vault Tamara Myers: Long Jump, Triple Jump Danielle Nowell: Pole Vault Sandie Raines: 10,000m Diane Robison: 5,000m Dominique Scott: 5,000m Ariel Voskamp: Pole Vault Chrishuna Williams: 400m, 4×4 Regine Williams: 100m, 200m, 4×4 Megan Zimlich: Pole Vault
NCAA West Preliminary Individual Qualifiers (By Event) 100m: R. Williams 200m: R. Williams 400m: C. Williams, Ellis-Watson, Harper 1,500m: Brown, Johnston, McClary Steeplechase: Heymsfield, Kamilos 5,000m: Scott, Robison 10,000m: Raines 100mH: Gochenour 4×400: Harper, R. Williams, C. Williams, Ellis-Watson, Swinton High Jump: Hesseltine Pole Vault: Morris, Nowell, Voskamp, Zimlich Long Jump: Myers Triple Jump: Myers Javelin: Boyd