AUSTIN, Texas — The No. 12 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team continued action Friday at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays with a qualifying performance in the 4×400-meter relay. The Razorbacks also began competition at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.
Arkansas qualified for its second final of the weekend with its effort in the preliminary round of the 4×400-meter relay. The foursome of Chrishuna Williams, Gwendolyn Flowers, Sparkle McKnight and Regina George posted a time of 3:36.78 to win heat three and finish with the fourth-fastest qualifying time. The final of the women’s 4×400-meter relay will be the penultimate event on Saturday’s schedule.
The Razorbacks will enter Saturday’s final with 17 Texas Relays event titles in program history, including a victory in the 4×400-meter relay in 2010. That year, the team of George, Edina Brooks, Whitney Jones and Shelise Williams ran to a first-place time of 3:31.20. George has won three Texas Relays titles in her career (4x400m — 2010; 4x800m — 2010; sprint-medley relay — 2011).
The same quartet returned to the track for the sprint-medley relay and finished second overall with a time of 3:45.40. That performance is the second fastest in school history. The No. 1 and 2 times in school history in the event have both happened at Texas Relays. The school record of 3:44.40 was set in 2010 by the team of George, Whitney Jones, Shelise Williams and Stephanie Brown.
In the first race of the day, the 4×100-meter relay team of Flowers, George, McKnight and Tamara Myers combined for a time of 45.81 to win heat two of seven but did not advance to Saturday’s event final. Arkansas finished with the 10th-fastest time in the preliminary round, missing the finals by one spot. McKnight was scheduled to compete in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles–a would-be fourth race of the day–but did not make it out to the start line.
Competing in Section A of the triple jump, Myers finished in eighth place with a wind-aided mark of 12.91m/42-4.25. She had a previous all-conditions best of 40-4, a measurement from last year’s Texas Relays. Kirsten Hesseltine matched her effort from last weekend’s season opener with a final clearance of 1.75m/5-8.75 to finish second in Section B of the high jump.
Out west in Stanford, the Razorbacks’ distance crew opened its 2013 campaign which was highlighted early by a personal-best effort by Shannon Klenke in section two of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She finished with a time of 10:25.68, more than five seconds clear of her previous best of 10:31.23. Competition at the Stanford Invitational will continue into late Friday night. Full results will be available in Saturday’s recap.
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Texas Relays — Austin, Texas100 Meters (prelims) –. Ivanique Kemp — DNS 100m Hurdles (prelims)18. Ivanique Kemp — 13.69w400m Hurdles (final) — 6:45 p.m.–. Sparkle McKnight — DNS 4x100m Relay (prelims)10. Flowers/George/McKnight/Myers — 45.814x400m Relay (prelims)4. Williams/Flowers/McKnight/George — 3:36.78QSprint-Medley Relay (final)2. Flowers/McKnight/Williams/George — 3:45.40High Jump (Section B)2. Kirsten Hesseltine — 1.75m/5-8.75Pole Vault (Section B)7. Danielle Nowell — 3.86m/12-811. Megan Zimlich — 3.71m/12-2 Triple Jump (Section A)8. Tamara Myers — 12.91m/42-4.25Javelin (Section A)14. Amethyst Boyd — 37.69m/123-8
Stanford Invitational — Palo Alto, Calif.1,500 Meters (Section 4)5. Jessica Kamilos — 4:26.081,500 Meters (Section 6)12. Kaitlin Flattmann — 4:41.875,000 Meters (Section 4)21. Valerie Reina — 17:50.215,000 Meters (Section 5)13. Rachel Carpino — 17:30.52 (PR — prev: 18:03.25)3,000m Steeplechase (Section 2)10. Shannon Klenke — 10:25.68 (PR — prev: 10:31.23)