USTFCCCA all-academic honors for 2012 season
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - The No. 4 University of Arkansas women's track and field team wrapped competition at the Tyson Invitational Saturday with a win at 3,000 meters from Grace Heymsfield and a handful of season-best performance including a runner-up finish in the 4x400-meter relay. The Razorbacks finished the Tyson weekend with three victories with Heymsfield and Friday's wins from Regina George and Shannon Klenke.
Running in the invitational section of the 3,000 meters, Heymsfield ran to the front of the pack along with Laura Carleton of LSU but pulled over the final laps of the race to win the event in a time of 9:12.25. Based on times entering the weekend, that is a top 10 national mark. With Saturday's performance, the Elkins, Ark., native also moved into third place on the program's all-time list in the event. Heymsfield took more than 25 seconds off her previous best over the distance.
Saturday's race was another near miss at breaking a school record for Heymsfield. She finished less than two seconds off the school mark of 9:10.62 set by Christine Kalmer in 2007. Earlier this season, Heymsfield posted a mile time of 4:35.44, less than a second off the school record of 4:34.49 set by Kristenn Gillespie last season.
"Both of those times this year are such big PRs for me that I can't really be too disappointed with being that close or missing the school records," Heymsfield said. "Those times are more encouraging than anything else. I'm feeling stronger and stronger with each race which is awesome, and I'm really excited about the conference meet coming up."
Arkansas' 4x400-meter relay team put together a season-best performance in the Saturday's final event on the track. The quartet of Regina George, Gwendolyn Flowers, Sparkle McKnight and Martine Borge combined for a time of 3:31.78, more than three seconds faster than the Razorbacks' previous best this year. The time also represents the third fastest in program history and the No. 3 time in the NCAA this season. The top-three relay teams in the nation-Arkansas, Florida and Texas-are now separated by less than a second.
Makeba Alcide continued her national emergence in the high jump Saturday with a second-place finish in the invitational section of the event. The Razorback senior finished the day with a final clearance of 1.88m/6-2. She set the school record of 6-2.25 two weeks ago at the Razorback Team Invitational during the pentathlon. Teammate Kirsten Hesseltine finished fourth in the event with three unsuccessful attempts at a would-be personal best.
Competing Friday night at the Husky Classic in Seattle, distance specialists Diane Robison and Dominique Scott posted personal-best performances in the invitational section of the 5,000 meters. Robison finished eighth in the race with a time of 15:59.86, moving into fourth place on the program's all-time list in the event. Scott established lifetime best of her own with a time of 16:03.13, good for 11th place and more than 50 seconds better than her previous best.
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53. Chrishuna Williams - 24.92 (PR - prev: 25.35)
59. Phyllis George - 25.05 (PR - prev: 25.36)
72. Ivanique Kemp - 25.47
77. Shekara Boakye - 25.82
81. Alexa Vessell - 27.02 (PR - prev: 27.61)
3,000 Meters (invitational)
1. Grace Heymsfield - 9:12.25 (PR - prev: 9:37.33)
4x400m Relay (invitational)
2. R. George/Flowers/McKnight/Borge - 3:31.78
4x400m Relay (college)
16. Williams/P. George/Noonan/Wrigley - 3:52.42
High Jump (invitational)
2. Makeba Alcide - 1.88m/6-2
4. Kirsten Hesseltine - 1.72m/5-7.75
Triple Jump (invitational)
7. Tamara Myers - 12.64m/41-5.75
Husky Classic (Seattle - from Friday night)
5,000 Meters (invitational)
8. Diane Robison - 15:59.86 (PR - prev: 17:44.82)
11. Dominique Scott - 16:03.13 (PR - prev: 16:54.95)
17. Semehar Tesfaye - 16:42.51
PR - personal best