NASHVILLE — The No. 2 Arkansas women’s track and field team opened up its two-day weekend of competition in Nashville in outstanding fashion, picking up two event wins in the 200-meter dash and distance medley relay (DMR).
Senior sprinter Daina Harper was the top individual performer of the night, covering 200 meters in 24.20 seconds to win the event. Along with Harper, Kelsey Herman and Taliyah Brooks both finished among the best in the dash, placing sixth and seventh, respectively.
Elsewhere on the track, Arkansas’ distance medley relay (DMR) team comprised entirely of underclassmen put forth an excellent effort, finishing first off the heels of a tremendous mile anchor in cross country All-American Taylor Werner. Joined by fellow freshmen Carina Viljoen (1,200) and Alex Byrnes (800), as well as sophomore Kailee Sawyer, Werner sealed the deal for the quartet moving up from third position with three laps to go in the race and maintaining her lead.
Additional Notable Performances
- Long Jump: Leigha Brown set a new lifetime best improving by 3 3/4 inches to mark a jump of 5.78m/18-11 3/4 for a 10th-place finish in the event.
Day Two Meet Info
Date/Time: Saturday, Jan. 21 / 10 a.m. CT
Teams: Arizona, Arkansas, UConn, Furman, Georgia Tech, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Samford, South Alabama, South Carolina, Southern Illinois, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee State, UAB, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky
Venue: Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility
Important Links: Meet Schedule / Live Results
The Razorbacks will return to the oval tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. as Logan Bishop and Grace Taylor take on the 3,000-meter run.
Vanderbilt Invitational Day One
January 20, 2017
Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility (Nashville, Tenn.)
1. Daina Harper – 24.20
6. Kelsey Herman – 24.68
7. Taliyah Brooks – 24.75
9. Kiara Parker – 24.91
21. Leigha Brown – 25.30
13. Micah Huckabee – 18:16.96
Distance Medley Relay
1. Viljoen, Sawyer, Byrnes, Werner – 11:33.43
4. Taliyah Brooks – 1.71m/5-7 1/4
10. Carmen Sitz – 1.66m/5-5 1/4
— Ashlee Moore
3. Kelsey Herman – 6.08m/19-11 1/2
10. Leigha Brown – 5.78m/18-11 3/4
19. Jada Baylark – 5.55m/18-2 1/2
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