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    SEC Track & Field Today: Friday, January 10

    Arkansas Women’s Track & Field Opens Season with Top Finish

    FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas opened the 2014 season with a first-place finish Friday at the Arkansas Invitational at Randal Tyson Track Center. The Razorbacks finished the day with 136 points, eight events titles and three top times on the season.

    Freshman standout Regine Williams made an impressive debut, winning her two competitions of the day including a 23.37 finish in the 200 meter dash, the fastest NCAA time so far this season. Her first-place 7.43 finish in the 60 meter marked her first-ever event title with the Razorbacks.

    Chrishuna Williams and Dominique Scott recorded the best NCAA times of the season in the 400 meter dash and 800 meter, respectively. Williams recorded a time of 53.52, earning her first event title of the day. Scott’s time of 2:10.02 earned her the event title in her lone competition of the day.  

    Aidan Shea and Elrine Goosen combined for nine points with finishes of 1:40.14 and 1:43. 83 in the 600 meter run, respectively.

    Stephanie Brown earned the 1,000 meter event title with a time of 2:45. 72. She also won the same event at last year’s Arkansas Invitational.

    C. Williams, R. Williams, Diana Harper and Brianna Swinton earned a second-place finish in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:45.63, just behind former Razorback NCAA Champions and All-Americans Regina George and Makeba Alcide. George and Alcide were running the event as individuals on the Arkansas All-Star relay team.

    The women took home four field event titles to start the season. Kirsten Hesseltine won the women’s high jump at 5-6, her first event title of the season. Ariel Voscamp earned her first-ever pole vault event title with a mark of 13-6.50 to earn seven points for the Razorbacks. Leigha Brown picked up the shot put title with a mark of 38-11.50, the freshman’s first-ever event title.

    “We had a great breakthrough and as far as results go, they speak for themselves,” said Head Coach Lance Harter. “They were very positive, and we had some national leaders early in the season. We’re going to get our feet very wet next week with the Texas Duals, but it was great for our young people to get a chance to see what it is all about. They got to wear the uniform and realize the tradition the Razorbacks have.

    The Razorbacks return next Friday, January 17 for the Texas Duals. The highly-anticipated competition between to the two schools is slated for 6 p.m. at Randal Tyson Track Center.

    For more information on Arkansas Track & Field, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.
     




    Arkansas Men’s Track & Field Earns Top Finish at Arkansas Invitational

    FAYETTEVILLE – The defending NCAA Indoor National Champion University of Arkansas men’s track and field team opened the 2014 season with nine event titles Friday at the Arkansas Invitational at Randal Tyson Track Center. The Razorbacks finished first in their debut meet of the season with 141 points.

    Freshman Omar McLeod made an impressive debut in his first meet at Arkansas, picking up two event titles in the 60 meter hurdles and the 60 meter dash to help push the Razorbacks to a first-place finish. He earned his first-ever event title in the 60 meter hurdles with a dominating time of 7.82, ranking fourth all-time in Arkansas indoor history. He earned his second event title in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.73, ranking No. 5 in the nation this season and No. 6 all-time at Arkansas.

    Neil Braddy and Travis Southard earned the Razorbacks nine points in the 200 meter dash, with times of 21.34 and 21.69, respectively. Former Razorback, Wallace Spearmon, ran unattached in the 200 meter dash, running 20.68 for the fastest time in the world so far in 2014.

    Tomas Squella ran 48.77 in the 400 meter, paired with 50.77 by Gabe Munson to combine for 12 points for Arkansas. Patrick Rono earned the 600 meter event title with 1:19.92, finishing more than three minutes ahead of Tulsa’s Isaac Sanders.

    Cross country SEC Champion Kemoy Campbell earned his first indoor track event title with a 1:52.01 finish in the 800 meter. Fellow cross country teammate and NCAA South Central Region Champion, Stanley Kebenei, finished 2:26.47 in the 1,000 meter for his first indoor title.

    Arkansas wrapped up the day with a first-place finish in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:09.08. McLeod, Southard, Braddy and Eric Janise made up the top-finishing relay team.

    In field events, Noah Kittleson took the high jump event title with 6-10.75 for seven points. NCAA defending champion Andrew Irwin won the pole event title with 16-6.75 and Devin Randall took home the shot put title with a mark of 54-8.25.

    “We’ve got some good young talent out there,” said Head Coach Chris Bucknam following Friday’s meet. “I think Omar McLeoad showed what kind of athlete he is. It’s going to be a lot of fun to get this group into a championship mode. We’ll see how we do, but we are off to a good start.”

    The Razorbacks return next Friday, January 17 for the Texas Duals. The highly-anticipated competition between to the two schools is slated for 6 p.m. at Randal Tyson Track Center.

    For more information on Arkansas Track & Field, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.
     




    Rebels Have Strong First Day At UAB Blazer Invitational

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Led by newcomer Phillip Young's victory in the men's triple jump, Ole Miss posted some strong results on the first day of the UAB Blazer Invitational at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Friday.

    Young, a transfer from Florida State who was a four-time All-American with the Seminoles, got his Ole Miss career off to a good start with a victory in the triple jump. He posted a best mark of 49-2.25 that is well off his personal best but still immediately ranks him top 15 in school history.

    Ole Miss fared well against a field of teams that included national powerhouses Florida and Florida State and fellow Southeastern Conference foes Mississippi State and Tennessee.

    Rebel men that qualified for Saturday's finals after strong performances in the prelims were senior Mike Granger (6.74) and freshman Jalen Miller (6.76) in the 60 meters and junior Robert Semien (8.09) in the 60-meter hurdles.

    On the women’s side, the Ole Miss unit of McKenna Coughlin, Deanna Tate, Leanne Zimmer and Amy McCrory placed fourth in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:18.15 that ranks eighth in school history.

    Rebel women that qualified for Saturday's finals after strong performances in the prelims were newcomer Jhorden Hunter (7.50), a UT-San Antonio transfer, in the 60 meters and junior Taryn Hartfield (8.64) and senior Fabia McDonald (8.70) in the 60-meter hurdles. Hunter's 7.50 in her Rebel debut ranks her tied for No. 8 all-time in the school record books.

    In addition to the finals of the men's and women's 60 meter dash and 60 meter hurdles, Saturday will be highlighted by races at 200, 400, 800 and 3,000 meters, as well as one mile. The men's and women's long jump, men's shot put, men's pole vault and men's and women's 4x400-meter relays are also on tap. Events begin at 9 a.m. and end around 4:30 p.m.
     




    Gators Shine, Turn in Stellar Performances on Day One of Indoor Season at UAB Blazer Invite

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- On the first day of 2014 indoor track & field competition at the UAB Blazer Invitational, the Gators put on a show giving a glimpse of what’s to come from the Florida squad this season. Jayla Bostic took home the women’s weight throw title, winning the event on her final throw with a new personal-best mark and meet record (20.43/67-0.5), while Gissell Warner claimed the women’s triple jump crown and meet record, also eclipsing her personal best by nearly a foot and a half (12.63/41-5.25) as both field athletes worked their way on to UF’s all-time top-10 performances list.

    Women’s hurdler Bridgette Owens shined with a new meet record in the women’s 60-meter hurdle prelims and the second-fastest mark in Florida indoor history, crossing the finish line in 8.30 seconds to pick up the No. 1 seed in the event heading into Saturday finals. Owens, hurdler Eddie Lovett and sprinters Hugh Graham, Jr. and Antwan Wright all turned in the top performances in their respective sections on the first day of prelims at the Birmingham CrossPlex, Lovett in the men’s 60m hurdles and Graham, Jr., and Wright in Section A and B, respectively, of the men’s 60m dash. Wright cruised to a tie for the No. 7 spot on the Gators’ indoor 60m top-10 list (6.65).

    The Orange and Blue will be well represented in finals Saturday, as 12 Gators advanced from Friday prelims, including four of UF’s six women’s 60m dash competitors. Saturday’s events kick off from the CrossPlex at 10 a.m. (ET), while the final event of the invitational is slated for 5:15 p.m. (ET).