WALNUT, Calif. – The No. 8 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team began competition at the 53rd Mt. SAC Relays Thursday evening at Hilmer Lodge Stadium. The Razorbacks placed three in the top 20 of the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead the day’s efforts.
"We had a really good day of running," head coach Lance Harter said. "We ran four kids and they all ran right at or better than their lifetime bests. Now we get back to get ready for an early start and long day tomorrow."
Running in the Olympic development section of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Megan Jackson ran to a seventh-place finish in a personal-best time of 10:23.49, knocking four seconds off her previous best set on the same track two seasons ago. Cali George also finished with a personal best, finishing ninth in a time of 10:27.05. Grace Heymsfield rounded out the team’s results in the event with a time of 10:56.78.
Miranda Walker was Arkansas’ final runner of the night and finished the university section of the 10,000 meters with a personal best. She crossed in a time of 34:35.31, nearly 10 seconds faster than her previous best set at the Stanford Invitational in 2008. Walker finished 12th in the race.
The Razorbacks return to the track Friday for the second day of competition at the Mt. SAC Relays with competition in the 800 and 1,500 meters. A live webcast of the weekend’s action in California is available at www.mtsacrelays.com/webcast.html and live results can be found at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.