AUSTIN, Texas – Arkansas women’s track and field team shined bright today as they opened up their midweek competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. Arkansas multis Taliyah Brooks, Leigha Brown, Alex Gochenour, Kelsey Herman and Payton Stumbaugh dominated the day one of the heptathlon at the Texas Relays ensuring a Razorback finished among the two in the four events contested.
Brooks led the field in two events as the top performer in 100-meter hurdles and the high jump. Her hurdle time of 13.16w was just four hundredths of a second off her all-conditions career best and placed her among the NCAA’s top hurdlers this season. The 2016 NCAA pentathlon runner-up followed the hurdles with a 1.78m/5-10 clearance in the high jump to add 953 points to her total.
Oklahoma transfer, Stumbaugh, was the event winner in the 200-meter dash as the only competitor to post a sub-24 performance. Stumbaugh ran well over half a second faster than the second best finisher, crossing the finish line first in 23.76w. Her 200-meter victory marked her second top-two finish for the day as the two-time indoor All-American placed second behind Brooks in the 100-meter hurdles with 13.20w.
One of the most consistent performers in the competition 2015 defending Texas Relays champion, Gochenour, was the only student-athlete to finish inside the top three of all four events on day one. Her best effort came in the shot put (13.03m/42-9) placing second in the event as one of only two competitors to mark over 13 meters.
Heptathletes Brown and Herman also picked up top-three event finishes in the high jump and 200-meter dash, respectively.
The multi events crew heads into tomorrow’s final three events all positioned among the top eight. Brooks leads the event with a day one total of 3,613 points while Gochenour (3,583) checks in at No. 2 and Stumbaugh (3,569) at No. 3.
A replay of today’s heptathlon action will be available on the Longhorn Network at 8:30 p.m. CST. Competition will resume tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. with the long jump.
*w denotes wind-assisted mark
LHN Texas Relays TV Schedule (all times Central):
|Wed, March 30||8:30 p.m.*||Day 1 of Heptathlon, Decathlon|
|Thu, March 31||4:30 p.m.*||Conclusion of Heptathlon, Decathlon|
|6 p.m.||400M Hurdles prelims, Long Distance running|
|Fri, April 1||9:30 a.m.||Prelims, 4 x100M, 110/100M Hurdles, 100M, 4x400M|
|7 p.m.||Finals 400M hurdles, Distance Medley, Field events|
|Sat, April 2||1:30 p.m.||Finals, 4x100M, 110/100M Hurdles, 100M, 4x400M, 200M, Field events|
* same day tape-delayed
Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
Mike A. Myers Stadium
Taliyah Brooks (1) – 3,613 – 100mH: 13.16w, HJ: 1.78m/5-10, SP: 11.44m/37-6.5, 200m: 24.47w
Alex Gochenour (2) – 3,583 – 100mH: 13.30w, HJ: 1.69m/5-6.5, SP: 13.03m/42-9, 200m: 24.51w
Payton Stumbaugh (3) – 3,269 – 100mH: 13.20w, HJ: 1.69m/5-6.5, SP: 11.52m/37-9.5, 200m: 23.76w
Leigha Brown (5) – 3,396 – 100mH: 13.89, HJ: 1.69m/5-6.5, SP: 12.12m/39-9.25, 200m: 24.95w
Kelsey Herman (8) – 3,368 – 100mH: 13.61, HJ: 1.66m/5-5.25, SP: 10.89m/35-8.75, 200m; 24.43w
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