Arkansas Takes Over As NCAA Leader

NEW ORLEANS —  Coming  off a home victory at the Razorback Invitational the Arkansas women’s track and field team has been elevated from No. 2 to No. 1 in the most recent national polls, moving ahead of the defending indoor national champion Oregon Ducks.

The Razorbacks have been the highest-ranked Southeastern Conference program since the beginning of the year, debuting at No. 2 in the preseason national polls which were announced in early January. Closely trailed in the rankings by league rival, Georgia, the Razorbacks were bumped to the top of the leader board off the heels of a pair of national-leading performances by All-Americans Taliyah Brooks (heptathlon) and Lexi Jacobus (pole vault).

In addition to Brooks and Jacobus in their signature events, head coach Lance Harter’s squad boasts 10 NCAA top-10 event performances.

NCAA Top-16 Marks by Razorbacks
60m8Jada BaylarkSo7.22
200m4Payton ChadwickJr22.99
800m15Nikki HiltzSr2:05.16
Mile5Nikki HiltzSr4:33.44
3,000m6Nikki HiltzSr9:04.64
60mH7Taliyah BrooksSr8.09
10Payton ChadwickJr8.10
16Janeek BrownFr8.16
Pole Vault2Lexi JacobusJr15-2 3/4
3Tori HoggardJr14-10 3/4
6Desiree FreierJr14-4 3/4
Long Jump2Taliyah BrooksSr21-6 3/4
12Payton ChadwickJr20-8
Pentathlon2Taliyah BrooksSr4,395 points

Pressing on through the indoor season the Razorbacks will send a group to Lubbock, Texas this weekend for the Texas Tech Open, while middle distance standout Nikki Hiltz is set to take on the Wanamaker Mile in New York at the prestigious New York Road Runners Millrose Games. Arkansas will return home for competition Feb. 9-10 as the host of the Tyson Invitational.

Nationally Ranked SEC Programs (11)
2. Georgia
5. Florida
6. Texas A&M
7. LSU
9. Kentucky
10. Ole Miss
14. South Carolina
15. Tennessee
18. Mississippi State
22. Alabama

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