Update: No. 2 WTR at NCAA West Prelims
SATURDAY, MAY 28
4×400-meter relay (first place, 3:25.48)
- The team of Damajahnee Birch, Daina Harper, Monisa Dobbins and Taylor Ellis-Watson capped the prelims weekend with a school-record performance, posting a world-leading time of 3:25.48 to clinch the team’s 21st national qualifier of the weekend. Arkansas becomes just the fifth team in collegiate history to post a sub-3:26.00 performance.
Dominique Scott (5,000 meters – sixth place, 16:15.88)
- Running with the lead pack throughout the second of two heats, Scott took off at the bell lap and opened a gap to win the race in a time of 16:15.88. For the second-consecutive year, she will attempt the 5K-10K double at the NCAA meet; Scott qualified at 10,000 meters Friday morning.
Payton Stumbaugh (100m hurdles – seventh place, 13.20) | Alex Gochenour (100m hurdles – 11th place, 13.28)
- Already qualified in the heptathlon, Stumbaugh won her heat and Gochenour had the third-fastest bubble time to qualify for the NCAA meet in Eugene. The semifinal round of the 100-meter hurdles is set for Thursday, June 9.
4×100-meter relay (fifth place, 44.58)
- The team of Kelsey Herman, Taylor Ellis-Watson, Daina Harper and Kiara Parker post a time of 44.58 to finish second in heat two and secure an automatic qualifier to the national meet in Eugene.
FRIDAY, MAY 27
Taliyah Brooks (long jump – third place, 6.33m/20-9.25) | Kelsey Herman (long jump – fourth place, 6.24m/20-5.75)
- Also competing indoors, Brooks and Herman clinched the final two national bids of the day. Brooks has already qualified as one of Arkansas’ four heptathlon entries. The long jump final will be Thursday, June 9.
The NCAA West Preliminary concludes Saturday with events beginning at 10 a.m. with qualifying heats of the 4×100-meter relay. Entering the final day of the meet, the Razorback women have 16 national qualifiers overall with 12 of those entries being secured Friday; the team also has four heptathlon qualifiers.
Lexi Weeks (pole vault – first place, 4.22m/13-10) | Tori Weeks (pole vault – fifth place, 4.22m/13-10) | Ariel Voskamp (pole vault – T-seventh place, 4.12m/13-6.25)
- Competing indoors due to inclement weather in the Lawrence area, the Weeks twins had qualifying clearances of 4.22m/13-10 while Voskamp advanced with a clean sheet through the first three heights of the event. The pole vault final will be contested Thursday, June 9 at Hayward Field.
Weather delay (lightning) which means a mandatory 30-minute stop in action; will update when more details become available. Two more qualifying events on the schedule today for the Razorback women with the long jump scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start and the pole vault which will be contested indoors beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Jessica Kamilos (3,000m steeplechase – fifth place, 10:04.76) | Devin Clark (3,000m steeplechase – sixth place, 10:08.35)
- The steeplechase duo of Kamilos and Clark ease through to a 1-2 finish in the final of three heats to collect automatic qualifiers to the national meet. The semifinal round of the distance race will be contested Thursday, June 9 in Eugene.
Damajahnee Birch (400m hurdles – ninth place, 57.89)
- Birch finished second in heat four and ninth overall to punch her individual ticket to the NCAA Championships in Eugene. The semifinal round of the 400-meter hurdles will be run Thursday, June 9 at Hayward Field.
Taylor Ellis Watson (400 meters – third place, 51.76) | Daina Harper (400 meters – eighth place, 52.93)
- Ellis-Watson won her heat by more than two seconds while Harper finished eighth overall in the quarterfinal round to clinch two spots at the national meet; the opening round in Eugene is set for Thursday, June 9.
Kiara Parker (100 meters – 10th place, 11.50)
- Parker finished second in her heat and finished 10th overall in the quarterfinal round of the 100 meters with her time of 10.50, good for the fourth fastest among the six at-large qualifying times; the semifinal round of the event is scheduled for Thursday, June 9 in Eugene. Parker could return to track Saturday as part of the Razorbacks’ 4×100-meter relay.
Dominique Scott (10,000 meters, first place – 34:20.35)
- Competing in the first race on the track after Thursday’s washout, Scott pulled away over the final 600 meters to cross the finish line in a time of 34:20.35 to post the Razorback women’s first qualifying effort at the NCAA West Preliminary. She will return to the track Saturday afternoon for the national semifinal round at 5,000 meters.
THURSDAY, MAY 26
Meet Update: The meet will resume on Friday, May 27 starting with the women’s 10K at 8:00 a.m. All events will be ran as a quarterfinal. Advancement in each event will proceed as follows:
- The 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, plus hurdles, the heat winner and the next 6 fastest times advance.
- The 1,500, the top 2 plus the next four fastest times advance.
All other running events advance as printed on the original heat sheets.
Both the men’s and women’s pole vault as well as the men’s and women’s high jump will be contested indoors at Anschutz Sports Pavilion: Address: 1575 Irving Hill Rd, Lawrence, KS 66045
Competition has begun at the NCAA West Preliminary at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas. Over the three-day qualifying event, the No. 2 Razorback women will look to secure qualifiers for the 2016 NCAA Championships with the top 12 in each event advancing to the national meet which will be contested June 8-11 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Bookmark this page for an updated running list of the team’s qualifiers.
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