Top Ranked Razorbacks Eye Outdoor Crown

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EUGENE, Ore. – Seeking to ride the momentum gained through the NCAA West Preliminary, the Arkansas Women’s Track and Field team plan to end the season on a high note at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship on June 8-11 at Hayward Field in Eugene.

The Razorbacks will enter the meet with the most national qualifiers in the country (21), advancing nearly two-thirds of their entries from the first round of the national meet two weekends earlier in Lawrence, Kansas.

What’s At Stake
The Razorbacks come in as the No. 1 team in the nation and are the odds-on favorite to claim their first outdoor title and second title in as many years. Arkansas seeks to bring home hardware in multiple events as they are ranked first in the nation in four events (5,000-meter, the 10,000, 4-x-400 relay and pole vault) and are ranked in the top five in four other events (the 400, 100 hurdles, 3,000-meter steeplechase and heptathlon).

2016 Qualifiers A-Z

Damajahnee Birch
Events: 400-meter hurdles
Personal Best: 56.46
Notes of Importance: Ranks second in school history in the 400-meter hurdles; lead leg of the fastest 4-x-400 team in the nation.

Taliyah Brooks
Events: Long Jump and Heptathlon
Personal Bests: 20-11 3/4 and 5,991 points
Notes of Importance: Holds school record in the long jump; third best decathlete in school history; NCAA Indoor Championship runner-up in the decathlon.

Leigha Brown
Events: Heptathlon
Personal Best: 5,647 points
Notes of Importance: Competing in her fourth NCAA Championship meet, Indoor Second Team All-American.

Devin Clark
Events: 3,000-meter steeplechase
Personal Best: 9:54.53
Notes of Importance: Holds third best time in the SEC and school history; ranks as the fastest freshman in the nation at the steeple.

Taylor Ellis-Watson
Events: 400
Personal Best: 50.78
Notes of Importance: NCAA Indoor Championship runner-up; ranks second in the nation and holds the fastest time in program history; anchor leg on record setting 4-x-400 relay.

Alex Gochenour
Events: 100-meter hurdles and Heptathlon
Personal Bests: 13.05 and 6,027 points
Notes of Importance: Third in school history in the 100-meter hurdles; one of only two Razorbacks in program history to break the 6,000 point barrier in the heptathlon.

Daina Harper
Events: 400
Personal Best: 52.36
Notes of Importance: Second leg of the fastest 4-x-400 relay in school history and the nation; three-time First team All-American and 2015 NCAA Indoor Runner-up in the 4-x-400.

Kelsey Herman
Events: Long Jump
Personal Best: 20-5 3/4
Notes of Importance: Ranks seventh in school history in the long jump; second best long jumper amongst freshman in the SEC.

Jessica Kamilos
Events: 3,000 meter steeplechase
Personal Best: 9:48.16
Notes of Importance: NCAA Champion and first team All-American; sits atop SEC and program rankings with the third-best steeplechase time in the nation.

Kiara Parker
Events: 100
Personal Best: 11.39
Notes of Importance: Fifth best sprinter in school history; posted a wind aided 11.31, her best time at the LSU Invitational.

Dominique Scott-Efurd
Events: 5,000 and 10,000
Personal Best: 15:25.10 and 31:56.84
Notes of Importance: Three-time NCAA champion; two-time NCAA runner-up and national leader in the 5K and 10K; ran the Olympic standard potentially leading to a chance to represent South Africa in Rio.

Payton Stumbaugh
Events: 100-meter hurdles and Heptathlon
Personal Best: 12.83 and 5,985
Notes of Importance: Best 100-meter hurdler in program history and ranks third in the nation for the event; ranks fourth in school history for the heptathlon; finished as the fifth-best pentathlete at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Lexi Weeks
Events: Pole Vault
Personal Best: 15-2 3/4
Notes of Importance: Leads the nation with the top clearance; second-best pole vaulter in program history; the first freshman to win the NCAA Indoor pole vaulting crown.

Tori Weeks
Events: Pole Vault
Personal Best: 14-5 1/4
Notes of Importance: One of three freshmen to clear 14-5; ranked as the fifth best pole vaulter in school history; finished the indoor season as the sixth best pole vaulter in the nation.

Ariel Voskamp
Events: Pole Vault
Personal Best: 14-2 3/4
Notes of Importance: First team outdoor All-American; scored for the Razorbacks in the previous two outdoor national meets.

The Razorbacks’ 4-x-400 meter relay team seeks to continue their assault on the record books heading into the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with the fastest time in the nation. The relay team clocked a 3:25.48 to rank as the seventh best relay mark in collegiate history. Arkansas also has a superb 4-x-100 relay team that ranks as the second best team in school history for the event.

The 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship begins Wednesday, June 8 with the men’s decathlon at 2:30 p.m. CST.

The four day competition will be broadcast live on the ESPN family of networks. A complete listing of coverage along with live results can be found on the National Championship Central website.

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