FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas women’s track and field team opened competition at the Kentucky Invitational Friday with an NCAA automatic-qualifying effort from Tina Sutej in the pole vault. The Razorbacks’ only competition of the day came in the pole vault after the 4×800-meter relay was taken off the schedule. The two-day event is being held at the Nutter Field House in Lexington, Ky., the site of the 2012 Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships.
Making her season debut , Sutej hit the auto mark of 4.35m (14-3.25) to become the first in the nation to secure her spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho, and the first to eclipse the 14-foot bar this season. Sutej entered the event at 4.17m (13-8.25) and cleared her first three attempts of the evening.
Danielle Nowell turned in a top-five finish in the pole vault with her clearance of 3.87m (12-8.25), just one inch shy of her personal best which she set last weekend at the Arkansas Invitational. She opened the competition with four straight clearances. Megan Weller rounded out the Razorbacks’ efforts in the pole vault with a 3.57m (11-8.5) clearance and a 14th-place finish.
Saturday’s event lineup for the Razorbacks is set to be the season debuts for Cali George, Regina George, Kristen Gillespie, Brittany Hyter, Shannon Klenke, Samantha Learch, Jillian Rosen and Keri Wood.
The Kentucky Invitational continues Saturday with the high jump at 9:30 a.m. (CT). The first running event of the day-the 60-meter hurdles-is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. For more information regarding Razorback volleyball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.