Arkansas Lands 18 All-America Accolades
NEW ORLEANS – Arkansas women’s track and field team completed their 2016 indoor campaign as the No. 2 program in the nation narrowly missing a second national title by the slightest of margins. The Razorbacks landed 18 All-America accolades off strong showings at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship, announced by the USTFCCCA on Monday afternoon.
Entering indoor nationals ranked fourth in the polls Arkansas collected 50 points from exceptional performances of 12 athletes across six events.
Major contributors included Taliyah Brooks (pentathlon), Taylor Ellis-Watson (400m and 4x400m) and Lexi Weeks (pole vault) who all placed inside the top two of their respective events accounting for over half of Arkansas’s points. Returning All-Americans, Brooks and Ellis-Watson both earned silver medals, two in Ellis-Watson’s case, while newcomer Weeks came out with a gold medal.
Brooks (60mH and long jump) and Ellis-Watson were also two of four Razorbacks who earned more than one All-America honor including: Daina Harper (4x400m and DMR) and Payton Stumbaugh (60mH and pentathlon).
Arkansas received 15 First Team honors and three Second Team honors.
The Razorbacks will return to action at the Arkansas Invitational on Saturday, March 26 at John McDonnell Field to kick off their 2016 outdoor campaign.
2016 USTFCCCA All-Americans
Taliyah Brooks – Pentathlon
Monisa Dobbins – 4×400 relay
Taylor Ellis-Watson – 400, 4×400 relay
Alex Gochenour – Pentathlon
Therese Haiss – DMR
Daina Harper – 4×400 relay, DMR
Nikki Hiltz – DMR
Jessica Kamilos – DMR
Payton Stumbaugh – 60mH, Pentathlon
Brianna Swinton – 4×400 relay
Lexi Weeks – Pole Vault
Tori Weeks – Pole Vault
Taliyah Brooks – 60mH, Long Jump
Leigha Brown – Pentathlon
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