FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On the heels of six top-30 efforts including two school records, the University of Arkansas women’s track and field team has taken over the No. 1 ranking in Monday’s release of the USTFCCCA Top 25. The Razorbacks are up one spot in this week’s poll and marks the program’s first outdoor No. 1 ranking. Prior to this season, Arkansas’ highest outdoor ranking came during the 2011 season when the team reached fourth.
In their final tune-up weekend ahead of the championship season, the Razorbacks totaled 13 event wins and 18 season-best between competition at the Arkansas Twilight and Payton Jordan Invitational. At the Stanford meet, the team picked up a national leader in Chrishuna Williams with her school-record performance at 800 meters. The Razorback senior clocked in at 2:01.61 to break the 10-year-old school record while Dominique Scott lowered her own record at 5,000 meters.
Each of the seven Razorbacks that competed at the Payton Jordan Invitational recorded a personal best. In addition to the times by Williams and Scott, the team’s weekend included top-30 efforts from Taylor Ellis-Watson at 400 meters, Rebekka Simko at 800 meters, Jessica Kamilos at 1,500 meters and Regan Ward in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
@RazorbackTF Women Top-30 National Marks This Weekend
400 Meters | 11. Taylor Ellis-Watson – 52.16
800 Meters | 1. Chrishuna Williams – 2:01.61 [school record]
800 Meters | 23. Rebekka Simko – 2:05.69
1,500 Meters | 18. Jessica Kamilos – 4:16.31
5,000 Meters | 4. Dominique Scott – 15:32.55 [school record]
3,000m Steeplechase | 26. Regan Ward – 10:13.29
Through the regular season of its outdoor campaign, Arkansas has registered 24 top-30 national marks including seven top-five efforts. Three of those times belong to Scott who is third at 10,000 meters, fourth at 5,000 meters and fifth at 1,500 meters. Alex Gochenour continues to rank third in the heptathlon with her school-record performance of 6,027 points from the season-opening Texas Relays.
The Razorbacks headline a nation-leading nine SEC teams in this week’s USTFCCCA rankings including six of the top 10. Arkansas begins its postseason May 14-16 at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Starkville, Miss. The Razorback women are the defending SEC outdoor champions and have won five of the past seven league competitions overall.
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