Carina Viljoen - Women's Track & Field - Arkansas Razorbacks

Carina Viljoen

Sr | 5-6 | Distance | Johannesburg, South Africa | Hoerskool Randburg

Senior (2020)
Indoors: SEC Indoor Champion in the mile, posting a time of 4:40.19 after needing a time qualifier (4:54.37) from the prelims to reach the final … Led a Razorback 1-2-4 finish in the SEC mile, totaling 23 points … Earned SEC gold in the distance medley relay, running the first leg with a split of 3:26.24 (1,200m), as Arkansas posted a time of 11:19.51 … Also finished fifth in the 3,000m (9:21.82), scoring 16.5 points in the SEC meet … Qualified for NCAA Indoor Championships in the mile and 3,000m … Opened the indoor campaign placing third in the 3,000m with a then career best of 9:12.43 at Boston University in December … Won the mile (4:37.78) at Arkansas Invitational … Placed third in mile (4:36.33) at Razorback Invitational and ran on runner-up distance medley relay, splitting 3:22.85 on first leg, as Arkansas posted a time of 10:57.08, third fastest on Razorback all-time list … Set a career best in 3,000m at Husky Classic, placing sixth with an 8:56.63, which ranks No. 4 on the Arkansas all-time list … Also finished sixth in the mile with a season best of 4:35.33 at Husky meet … Runner-up in 800m at Arkansas Qualifier with a career best of 2:07.36.

Junior (2019)
Competed in 13 meets… Posted lifetime-best of 4:33.88 in the Mile, 2:07.80 in the 800-meters, 15:54.02 in the 5,000-meters, and 4:13.27 in the 1,500-meters… Earned First-Team All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the Mile finishing fifth… Qualified for the NCAA Outdoor meet in the 1,500-meters… Recorded 15 top-10 finishes…  SEC Silver medalist in the Mile indoors and SEC Silver medalist outdoors at 1,500-meters… Ran the No. 6 time in program history in the 1,500-meters at the NCAA West Prelims in Sacramento, Calif…

Sophomore (2018)
Competed in seven meets during the indoor season… Set a personal-best in the 3,000-meters at the Razorback Invitational running 9:30.85 (Jan. 26)… Posted a personal-best of 4:39.01 in the Mile at the Husky Classic (Feb. 9)… Bronze medalist in the Mile, and silver medalist in the DMR at the SEC Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas…

Freshman (2017)
Picked up a pair of first-place finishes in the 1,000 and DMR at the Arkansas Invitational and Vanderbilt Invitational, respectively, to open her first indoor season as a Razorback … Posted a PR in the mile of 4:46.01 in the preliminary round of the event at the SEC Indoor Championships before going on to finish eighth at her first league meet … Opened outdoor season with a victory in the 800 at the Arkansas Spring Invitational … Raced to a second-place finish in the 1,500 at the Stanford Invitational … Posted a PR of 4:19.62 in the 1,500 at the Bryan Clay Invitational … Placed first in the 3,000 at the John McDonnell Invitational, clocking a personal best of 9:32.86 … Collected a pair of top-two finishes with the DMR and 4-x-800 meter relay teams at the SEC Relays … Ran a PR of 2:08.77 in the 800 at the Arkansas Twilight … Scored three points towards Arkansas’ team win at the SEC Outdoor Championships off a sixth-place finish in the 1,500 … Capped the year, placing 14th in the 1,500 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, two places shy of a national championships berth.

High School
11-time South Africa National Champion (1,500, 3,000 and cross country) … Represented South Africa on the international level at the IAAF World Youth Track and Field Championship (1,500 finalist) and the World Cross Country Championship … African Cross Country Championship qualifier … Southern Region Track and Field Championship (3,000) … Southern Region Cross Country Championship.

Born on April 15, 1997 … Daughter of Gerhard and Elise Viljoen … Has one brother; Daniel … Majoring in accounting.