FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Over the last two and a half years the perpetual nationally ranked Arkansas women’s track and field team has proven its well-rounded dominance of the Southeastern Conference time-and-time again.
On Thursday, the Razorbacks will once again take on the most talented conference in track and field as they open their quest for their third SEC Triple Crown at the 2017 SEC Outdoor Championships in Columbia, South Carolina.
SEC Outdoor Championships
Date/Time: Thursday, May 11, 4:55 p.m. CT | Friday, May 12, 5:10 p.m. CT | Saturday, May 13, 2:10 p.m. CT
Location: Cregger Track (Columbia, South Carolina)
Important Link: : Meet Central | Entries/Heat Sheets | Live Results
Watch: SEC+ (Friday) | SEC+ (Saturday)
Arkansas at SEC Quick Facts
• 74 SEC Outdoor Event Titles (Most from 10,000 with 10)
• 30 SEC Team Titles (XC: 17, Indoor: 7 and Outdoor: 6)
• 6 Outdoor Team Titles: 2000, 2001, 2004, 2014, 2015 and 2016
• Highest Team Total: 2001, 182 points | 2016 Team Total: 126.75 points
Individual Title Contenders (Track)
Senior Daina Harper has led the SEC in the quarter-mile since her 2017 outdoor debut at the Baylor Invitational. Harper has a PR of 51.38 and is the only 400-meter sprinter in the SEC to clock a time under 52 seconds this year. She currently ranks at No. 3 on the NCAA list.
California native, Nikki Hiltz currently controls the SEC at 1,500 meters. Hiltz opened the year with a national lead in the event and remains one of the fastest performers in the country with a PR of four minutes, 12.09 seconds at that distance.
Freshman Taylor Werner had never raced the 5,000 indoors yet she managed to win an SEC title on her first try. Werner will attempt to replicate that same magic in the 10,000 on Thursday evening against several SEC distance veterans.
Individual Title Contenders (Field)
Redshirt junior Taliyah Brooks heads into her third outdoor conference championship as the top entry in the heptathlon. Right behind Brooks on the heptathlon performance list is Oklahoma transfer Payton Stumbaugh. The combined events pair placed third and fourth at the meet one year ago, led by Stumbaugh who scored 5,955 points.
Mirror-image high flyers Lexi and Tori Weeks hope to keep the Razorbacks command of the SEC pole vault intact with the program’s seventh-consecutive conference gold in the event. ProHog Sandi Morris began the streak during the 2014 outdoor season. Lexi Weeks took over during the 2016 indoor and outdoor championships and Tori Weeks joined the club at the 2017 SEC indoor meet.
Arkansas will open the three-day meet on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. CT with five hogs entered in the heptathlon, including Brooks, Leigha Brown, Kelsey Herman, Ashlee Moore and Stumbaugh. Fans can follow along throughout the weekend via the live results. The meet will be streamed live on SEC Network+ Friday, May 12, starting at 5:25 p.m. CT and on Saturday, May 13, starting at 2:10 p.m. CT.
Nationally Ranked SEC Teams (11 of 14)
1. Texas A&M
16. Ole Miss
25. South Carolina
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