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Razorbacks ranked No. 7 prior to NCAA finals

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks ranked No. 7 prior to NCAA finals
FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s track and field team will carry a No. 7 national ranking into next week’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. This week’s poll is based on the qualifying results from the NCAA Preliminary round of competition. Between its one entry in the heptathlon and 10 qualifiers from the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, the Razorbacks will have 11 scoring chances at the national meet. Arkansas began the outdoor season as the No. 12 team in the country but cracked the top 10 in week three. The team’s season-high ranking of No. 5 came during the fourth week of the outdoor campaign. Despite a third-place finish at the SEC Championships in Columbia, Mo., the Razorbacks dropped to No. 8 before settling into its current position ahead of the NCAA Championships. With 11 entries, the Razorbacks have the fifth-highest total of NCAA qualifiers and will be represented in seven events. Among the team’s opportunities, Arkansas will have two entries in the 400-meter hurdles and high jump. Makeba Alcide, the Razorbacks’ lone double qualifier, will compete in the high jump and heptathlon. Arkansas will be represented at the national meet by Alcide, Stephanie Brown at 1,500 meters, Gwendolyn Flowers in the 400-meter hurdles, Regina George in the 400 meters, Kirsten Hesseltine in the high jump, Grace Heymsfield in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Sparkle McKnight in the 400-meter hurdles, Tamara Myers in the triple jump, Semehar Tesfaye at 10,000 meters and the team’s 4×400-meter relay. George will be making her fourth NCAA appearance while Alcide and Brown will be competing at the outdoor national meet for the third time. First-time individual qualifiers for Arkansas include Flowers, Hesseltine, Heymsfield, McKnight, Myers and Tesfaye. Flowers previously appeared in 2011 and 2012 as a member of Arkansas’ 4×400-meter relay, while Tesfaye was a national qualifier for Iowa State in 2010. The Razorbacks are one of six teams from the SEC ranked this week, and one of five positioned inside the top 10. Along with Arkansas, the SEC is presented by No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 LSU, No. 10 Georgia and No. 22 South Carolina. The SEC also leads the country with 96 national qualifiers. With national qualifiers decided, the collegiate season will come to a conclusion June 5-8 with the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.
USTFCCCA Team Rankings (Top 10) 1. Kansas 2. Texas A&M 3. Florida 4. LSU 5. Oregon 6. Arizona
7. ARKANSAS 8. UCF 9. Arizona State 10. Georgia
NCAA Championships Qualifiers Makeba Alcide — High Jump, Heptathlon Stephanie Brown — 1,500 Meters Gwendolyn Flowers — 400m Hurdles Regina George — 400 Meters Kirsten Hesseltine — High Jump Grace Heymsfield — 3,000m Steeplechase Sparkle McKnight — 400m Hurdles Tamara Myers — Triple Jump Semehar Tesfaye — 10,000 Meters 4x400m Relay


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