No. 7 Women's @RazorbackTF Set to Host No. 5 Texas in Texas Duel
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 7 Arkansas women’s track and field team will host No. 5 Texas for the Arkansas-Texas Dual Meet on Friday, Jan. 16. The Longhorns and Razorbacks will face each other in 16 events.
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|1st Event Starts at 6 p.m. | ‘Prime Time’ is 6-9 p.m.|
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The highly-anticipated competition between to the two schools is slated for a 6 p.m. start and will end after the 4×400-meter relays at 9:15 p.m. and 9:25 p.m. The men’s and women’s weight throw will be held Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Fowler Family Baseball and Track Training Center.
Last season, the Razorbacks won nine of 15 scored events Friday on their way to a 91-63 dual win over then-No. 1 Texas. Tamara Myers (Long Jump, Triple Jump), Regine Williams (200m), Chrishuna (400m), Jessica Kamilos (800m), Grace Heymsfield (1,000m), Dominique Scott (Mile), Kaitlin Flattmann (3,000m) and the distance medley relay team (Heymsfield, Victoria Feole, Stephanie Brown, Scott) all won event titles during 2014 Arkansas-Texas Dual meet.
The meet will be scored with points awarded to the top four finishers in the individual events with five points going to the winner. Only two individuals per team may score points in an event. Winning relay teams will receive five points with three to the runner-up. Only one relay may score per team as well.
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After the Arkansas-Texas Dual, the Razorbacks will then hit the road for their first competition of the season. Arkansas will participate in the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky. on the campus of the University of Kentucky.
LAST TIME OUT | ARKANSAS INVITE
The Razorbacks opened the 2015 season with seven event titles at the Arkansas Invitational last Friday (Jan. 9).
Sophomore Brianna Swinton had an impressive first outing of the season, winning her two competitions of the day, including setting a new personal-record with a 55.25 finish in the 400 meter dash. Her time of 24.20 in the 200 meter gave her a second event title on the day.
Junior Chrishuna Williams recorded a time of 2:07.76 in the 800 meter, setting a new personal-record, en route to earning the top spot in the event. Senior Sandi Morris recorded the best NCAA mark of the season picked up the pole vault title with her mark of 14-5.25. She also attempted to break the collegiate pole vault record, missing at 15-1.5 three times.
Sophomore’s Regan Ward and Taliyah Brooks took home event titles with personal-record performances. Ward won the mile with a time of 4:49.58, while Brooks’ 8.49 gave her first place in the 60M hurdles.
Arkansas’ seventh event title came in the long jump, when Tamara Myers earned the title with a mark of 20-1.75.
Distance runner Dominique Scott made the most of her season debut with a blistering 2:42.60 (PR) to finish second in the 1000 meters (an event not contested at the NCAA Championships), which is the No. 8 time in collegiate history, per Track & Field News. The senior, who was sixth overall at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships, finished her race Friday as the runner-up behind former teammate Stephanie Brown of Nike.
USTFCCCA PRESEASON RANKINGS
For the fifth season in a row, the Arkansas women’s track and field program will begin the season ranked in the preseason top 10, as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) ranked the Razorbacks No. 7 in its initial computer rankings that were released on Tuesday afternoon.
A nation-leading eight SEC teams are ranked among the nation’s top-25 on the women’s side, including five of the top seven. Florida is the preseason No. 1, while Texas A&M is No. 2 and Georgia is No. 4. Kentucky checks in at No. 6, the Razorbacks hold down the No. 7 spot, Auburn is ranked No. 18, Mississippi State is No. 20 and Missouri is No. 24.
HALL OF FAME
In recognition of his standout career, University of Arkansas women’s cross country and track and field head coach Lance Harter was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Coaches Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec. 15.
Harter, in his 25th year as the Razorback women’s cross country and track and field head coach, was one of six members of the Class of 2014 inductees and was joined by Chris Daymont, Tom Donnelly, Joey Haines, Ed Nuttycombe and the late Johnny Thomas. The 2014 USTFCCCA Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place Monday, Dec. 15, at the organization’s annual convention in Phoenix.
Through his 25 year career at Arkansas, Harter has led the Razorbacks to 14 NCAA top-five finishes, including four national cross country runner-up performances, and 23 Southeastern Conference (SEC) team titles, including the most recent addition with the 2014 cross country title at Agri Park. Individually, Harter’s Razorback student-athletes have won 15 NCAA event titles and 134 conference event titles.
As a reflection of his Arkansas success on the national level, Harter has been named the USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year on three occasions and SEC Coach of the Year for each of his team’s 23 titles. The Razorbacks’ conference titles including 15 cross country, four indoor track and field and four outdoor track and field crowns. During the 2013-14 athletic season, Arkansas won two—cross country, outdoor track and field—of the three SEC legs.
Prior to his days in Fayetteville, Harter won 13 Division II national team titles at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo which still stands as the fifth-largest collection by a Division II coach in any sport. Individually, he guided his student-athletes to 30 national event titles in his time at Cal Poly-SLO.
In addition to numerous other national and regional coaching awards, Harter has previously been inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Honor, Mt. SAC Relays Hall of Fame and Cal Poly Hall of Fame. On the international level, Harter served as the assistant coach for Team USA at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and head coach of Team USA at the 1999 IAAF World Championship in Seville, Spain.
A LOOK BACK AT THE 2014 INDOOR SEASON
Head coach Lance Harter and his Razorbacks finished in sixth place at the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships. Following the national meet, Arkansas earned 19 All-American honors, highlighted by the national champion distance medley relay team of Grace Heymsfield, Chrishuna Williams, Stephanie Brown and Dominique Scott. The top-seeded distance medley relay team made Arkansas history by winning the first-ever distance-medley relay title for the Razorbacks in 11:05.83.
Arkansas took third at the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships, finishing with 93.5 points, behind first-place Florida (102) and Texas A&M in second (96.5). The third-place finished marked the seventh-consecutive year the Razorbacks have finished in the top three at the SEC Indoor Championships.
Fayetteville, the “Track Capital of the World”, will be at the center of the track and field universe on the weekend of March 13-14 as the Razorbacks will host the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center, the home of the “Fastest Indoor Track in the World”. Since the facility’s opening in 2000, Arkansas and the Randal Tyson Track Center have hosted the event 11 times, including nine straight seasons and 11 of the last 13 championships.
A two-day, all-session ticket to the NCAA Indoor Championships is $40 for reserved seating and $30 for general admission adult ticket.
Season tickets and NCAA all-session passes are available online at HERE, by contacting the Razorback Athletics Ticket Center via phone at (800) 982-HOGS or in person at the Razorback Athletics Ticket Center, located just east of Baum Stadium at 1295 S. Razorback Rd. in Fayetteville.