FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Following a second-consecutive SEC outdoor title, the University of Arkansas women’s track and field team continues its reign atop the USTFCCCA rankings as the No. 1 team in the country. Monday’s release marks the third-consecutive week at the top spot for the Razorbacks. Arkansas returns to competition May 28-30 at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas.
In its last outing, Arkansas won the SEC Outdoor Championships in Starkville, Miss., to complete the program’s third SEC Triple Crown. The Razorbacks racked up 127.5 points behind six event titles including a collegiate-record performance by Sandi Morris in the pole vault. Arkansas also had title-winning efforts from Taylor Ellis-Watson at 400 meters, Dominique Scott at 1,500 and 5,000 meters, Diane Robison at 10,000 meters and Jessica Kamilos in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Head coach Lance Harter and the Razorback women have now won six of the past eight SEC meets overall including the last four dating back to last year’s outdoor meet in Lexington, Ky. In addition to the 2014-15 SEC Triple Crown, Arkansas previously accomplished the feat during the 1999-00 and 2000-01 seasons.
The 2015 SEC Outdoor Championships will also air as a two-hour highlight show May 21 on ESPNU at 7 p.m. (CT) with Dwight Stones and Larry Rawson handling play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively, with Jill Montgomery reporting from the track. Arkansas is one of eight SEC teams ranked in this week’s national poll with six of those inside the top 10.
The Razorbacks next turn their attention to the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary where the top 48 declared student-athletes in each event will compete for a spot at the national meet. Behind 11 season-best performances at the SEC meet, Arkansas has 34 top-48 marks in the West Preliminary event rankings. The Razorbacks also have two top-24 heptathlon performers in Alex Gochenour and Taliyah Brooks. Entries for the NCAA West Preliminary will be announced Thursday afternoon.
The top-12 qualifiers in each event from the NCAA Preliminary meets advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships which will be contested June 10-13 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
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