NEW ORLEANS – The Arkansas women’s track and field team moved up from No. 3 to No. 1 in the latest USTFCCCA polls, announced on Monday morning. The Razorbacks moved ahead of 2015 NCAA outdoor champions, Oregon, who fell from No. 2 to No. 6, and SEC rivals, LSU, who dropped two spots to No. 3.
This is the fourth time in program history that Arkansas has topped the USTFCCCA outdoor polls. Last weekend’s strong performances by Arkansas’s multis and distance crew played a major role in the Razorbacks’ improved standings.
At the 2016 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Arkansas swept the heptathlon as Taliyah Brooks, Payton Stumbaugh and Alex Gochenour finished first, second and third, respectively. All three members of the Razorback heptathlete trio were just under the 6,000 point total – the largest margin (Gochenour) by only 15 points. Their early season performances rank 1-2-3 in the nation among collegians and 4-5-6 in the world as of April 4.
On the pacific coast Razorback seniors, Jessica Kamilos (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Dominique Scott (5,000 meters), had successful outings at the Stanford Invitational.
The current SEC leader in the 3KSC, Kamilos is one of only two student-athletes in the NCAA with a time under 10 minutes in the event. Scott, not only leads the SEC, but also the NCAA and the World, currently, with her program record-breaking time of 15:25.10 in the 5K. An extremely versatile runner, Scott, also ranks inside the NCAA top-three in the 1,500-meter run this season.
Arkansas will travel to Austin, Texas for the Texas Invitational and Norwalk, California for the Mt. SAC Relays in two weeks.
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