FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas opened the 2014 season with a first-place finish Friday at the Arkansas Invitational at Randal Tyson Track Center. The Razorbacks finished the day with 136 points, eight events titles and three top times on the season.
Freshman standout Regine Williams made an impressive debut, winning her two competitions of the day including a 23.37 finish in the 200 meter dash, the fastest NCAA time so far this season. Her first-place 7.43 finish in the 60 meter marked her first-ever event title with the Razorbacks.
Chrishuna Williams and Dominique Scott recorded the best NCAA times of the season in the 400 meter dash and 800 meter, respectively. Williams recorded a time of 53.52, earning her first event title of the day. Scott’s time of 2:10.02 earned her the event title in her lone competition of the day.
Aidan Shea and Elrine Goosen combined for nine points with finishes of 1:40.14 and 1:43. 83 in the 600 meter run, respectively.
Stephanie Brown earned the 1,000 meter event title with a time of 2:45. 72. She also won the same event at last year’s Arkansas Invitational.
C. Williams, R. Williams, Diana Harper and Brianna Swinton earned a second-place finish in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:45.63, just behind former Razorback NCAA Champions and All-Americans Regina George and Makeba Alcide. George and Alcide were running the event as individuals on the Arkansas All-Star relay team.
The women took home four field event titles to start the season. Kirsten Hesseltine won the women’s high jump at 5-6, her first event title of the season. Ariel Voscamp earned her first-ever pole vault event title with a mark of 13-6.50 to earn seven points for the Razorbacks. Leigha Brown picked up the shot put title with a mark of 38-11.50, the freshman’s first-ever event title.
“We had a great breakthrough and as far as results go, they speak for themselves,” said Head Coach Lance Harter. “They were very positive, and we had some national leaders early in the season. We’re going to get our feet very wet next week with the Texas Duals, but it was great for our young people to get a chance to see what it is all about. They got to wear the uniform and realize the tradition the Razorbacks have.
The Razorbacks return next Friday, January 17 for the Texas Duals. The highly-anticipated competition between to the two schools is slated for 6 p.m. at Randal Tyson Track Center.
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Download: ArkInviteResults – W.pdf