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Razorbacks Finish Ninth at NCAA Championships

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks Finish Ninth at NCAA Championships
FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas women’s track and field team finished ninth overall with 21.5 points at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. On the final day of competition, the Razorbacks picked up points Saturday from top-eight finishes at 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters and in the 4×400-meter relay.
 
Southeastern Conference runner-up Dominique Scott earned a sixth-place finish in the 5,000-meter, earning three more points for the Razorbacks. Scott clocked 15:57.79 in her All-American performance. SEC Champion Diane Robison crossed the line in 16:41.51 in her first-ever NCAA Championship appearance.

Collegiate 1,500-meter leader, Stephanie Brown earned the eighth All-American honor of her career with an eighth-place finish in the 1,500 with a time of 4:20.85.

“It’s been an incredible season as a senior,” said Brown. “To get All-American indoors and win a national championship with the distance medley relay team, then pulling off All-American out here in a messy race was just a dream come true. I graduated high school, chose to go to Arkansas and headed into college hoping to compete for a national title one day. I was contending for a national title today and that’s something to be proud of in itself. I’m proud to be a Razorback, it’s been a great career.”

After a clean jump through the first two heights of the day in high jump, Kirsten Hesseltine tied her lifetime PR in dramatic fashion on an impressive third-attempt clearance at 5-10.75. The senior ended the day at 5-10.75, just missing the 6-0 mark for an 11th place finish.

The 4×400-meter relay wrapped up the 2014 NCAA Championships as the final event of the meet. The quartet of Daina Harper, Regine Williams, Taylor Ellis-Watson and Chrishuna Williams clocked 3:31.94 for a sixth-place finish and the final three points for Arkansas.

Heading into the day with 14.5 points and sitting in 14th place, the Razorbacks collected seven more points on the final day of competition to propel them into the No. 9 spot.

“Any time you can finish in the top 10 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, it’s historical moment,” said Head Coach Lance Harter. “Especially with the quality of competition at this national meet. We have the majority of our team coming back next year and the nation was able to see what we’re capable of this week. I’m ecstatic with the team’s performance this year, overall and at the championships. 2014 has been very good to us.

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Saturday Results (Day 4)   
Team
9. – 21.5 points

1,500 Meters
8. Stephanie Brown – 4:20.85 [1 point]

5,000 Meters
6. Dominique Scott – 15:57.79 [3 points]
21. Diane Robison – 16:41.51

4x400m Relay
6. Harper/R. Williams/Ellis-Watson/C. Williams – 3:31.94 [3 points]

High Jump
11. Kirsten Hesseltine – 1.80m/5-10.75



Sports Category : Track & Field (W)