#NCAATF Champions Collect 15 All-Americans
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Based on its individual performances last weekend at the national meet, the NCAA champion University of Arkansas women’s track and field team has collected 15 All-Americans as announced Monday afternoon by the USTFCCCA. Overall, the Razorbacks picked up 21 All-America honors including 17 first-team accolades. Arkansas won its first-ever national title with its win at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships.
In winning the 2015 NCAA indoor team title, Arkansas scored a program-best 63 points by scoring in all 10 events it had a national qualifier. The Razorbacks’ point total is the third-highest in meet history. In celebration of the title, the Razorbacks will be recognized at a pep rally Tuesday, March 17, at 12:30-1 p.m. (CT) at the Arkansas Union Mall. The pep rally is open and free to the public with free pizza and soft drinks for those in attendance.
The Razorbacks’ list of All-Americans is headlined by national champions Sandi Morris in the pole vault, Dominique Scott at 3,000 meters and the distance-medley relay team of Scott, Therese Haiss, Jessica Kamilos and Sparkle McKnight. Five Razorbacks also earned multiple All-America accolades with the performances of Scott, McKnight, Taylor Ellis-Watson, Tamara Myers and Chrishuna Williams. McKnight also tallied a Second-Team honor at 400 meters.
2015 USTFCCCA All-Americans
Taliyah Brooks – pentathlon
Taylor Ellis-Watson – 400m, 4x400m
Alex Gochenour – pentathlon
Therese Haiss – DMR
Daina Harper – 4x400m
Jessica Kamilos – DMR
Sparkle McKnight – 4x400m, DMR
Sandi Morris – pole vault
Tamara Myers – long jump, triple jump
Diane Robison – 5,000m
Dominique Scott – 3,000m, DMR
Chrishuna Williams – 800m, 4x400m
Leigha Brown – pentathlon
Desiree Freier – pole vault
Sparkle McKnight – 400m
Ariel Voskamp – pole vault
Finishers first through eighth in each event at the Division I Championships in Fayetteville were designated as First-Team All-America, the rest of the finishers were designated as members of the Second Team while qualifiers who did not finish or were disqualified from their event were designated Honorable Mention.
A tape-delay broadcast of the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships will air Monday, March 23, starting at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. Dwight Stones and Larry Rawson will handle the play-by-play and commentary duties, respectively, with Jill Montgomery reporting from the track. Replays of day one and two are currently available on ESPN3 and through the WatchESPN app.
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