FAYETTEVILLE – For the second time in as many weeks, the No. 11 Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field team clocked a new school record in the 4×400-meter relay.
"Having five possible legs for our 4×400-meter relay is really the key," head coach Lance Harter said. "Whitney Jones goes above and beyond when she has a baton in her hand. Regina George is a very special athlete and she runs a great anchor leg for us. Whitney’s hamstring is holding up and she had some really positive performances this weekend."
The quartet of junior Edina Brooks, junior Shelise Williams, sophomore Whitney Jones and freshman Regina George combined for a time of 3:32.87 to win the 4×400-meter relay. They clocked a new school record, the NCAA and SEC leading time and an NCAA automatic-qualifying time.
"We came into today’s race wanting to break our own record," George said. "We are always trying to run better and prove ourselves. I think we still have a faster time in us."
They replaced the previous school record of 3:33.18 set at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational last weekend. Jones replaced senior Karen Thomas in the line-up. Brooks, who has also run the third leg, moved to the lead off leg for Saturday’s race.
In the invitational 3,000 meters, junior Miranda Walker picked up a fifth-place finish with a time of 9:40.53. Her clocking is a nine-second personal best and ranks No. 9 in the SEC.
Junior Shantel Thompson finished fifth in the collegiate triple jump. Her best jump of the day is a season best 40-9.75. Freshman Leah Orley was 25th with her mark of 38-2.25.
Jones also competed in the 200 meters. She finished 31st and clocked a time of 24.41. Freshman Gwendolyn Flowers finished 72nd with a season-best time of 25.37.
The Razorbacks will compete next when they host the 2010 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Feb. 26-28.