DMR Highlights Arkansas' Regular Season Finale
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 1 Arkansas closed out the 2019 indoor track and field regular season Friday night hosting the Arkansas Qualifier and competing on the east coast at the JDL DMR Invitational in North Carolina.
Starting on the east coast. Arkansas dominated in the distance medley relay taking the event in a facility record 11:04.23. Lauren Gregory got the relay started running 3:24.12 on the 1,200-meter leg before handing off to Morgan Burks-Magee who blazed the track on the 400-meter leg running 54.25. Burks-Magee passed the baton to Alex Byrnes who recorded a time of 2:08.51 over 800-meters and Taylor Werner brought it home with her 4:37.33 anchor leg over the final mile. After the flat-track conversion, Arkansas sits at No. 4 in the NCAA with a converted time of 10:57.19.
Women’s head coach Lance Harter, who traveled with the relay to North Carolina, had high praise for the relay. “They ran absolutely fantastic!” said Harter. “We either had the lead or shared the lead the entire race. Lauren keyed off the rabbit in the race and ran a 3:24 leadoff leg. Our quartermiler [Morgan Burks-Magee] ran 54, our half-miler [Alex Byrnes] ran 2:08 and chased the lead a little on her leg before handing off to Taylor Werner who anchored in 4:37. And again that’s all on a flat track, there’s a reason that they give us a conversion because it definitely takes its toll. The girls were really excited about their performance tonight,” Harter finished.
Back at Randal Tyson, the Razorbacks put together a meet saw multiple athletes turn in personal-best marks.
Kethlin Campbell led the way in the women’s 400-meters making her collegiate debut in the event with a spectacular time of 52.99 that sits at 11 in the NCAA and is the second-fastest in the nation this year by a sophomore trailing only USC’s Kaelin Roberts (52.36).
Meghan Underwood put on a clinic in the women’s 800-meters lowering her PB from 2:15.47 to 2:09.86 by way of a second-place finish.
J’Alyiea Smith won the 60-meter hurdles with her new personal-best time of 8.51 second
With the regular season completed, Arkansas turns its attention to the postseason as the Razorbacks host the SEC Championships next week Feb. 22-23 when 14 teams travel to Randal Tyson for a two day meet.
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