Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Walt Bealzey)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - The No. 11 University of Arkansas women's track and field team continued its outdoor campaign Saturday night with four wins and five personal-best efforts at the 34th Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Razorbacks collected first-place performances from Sparkle McKnight at 400 meters, Ivanique Kemp in the 100-meter hurdles, Megan Zimlich in the open pole vault and the team's 4x100-meter relay.
In the team's first track win of the day, Kemp finished first in the timed final of the 100-meter hurdles. Running in the fourth and final heat of the event, she posted a season-best time of 13.27 to secure her first title of the outdoor season. Zimlich had a victory of her own, clearing 3.88m/12-8.75 to win the open section of the pole vault. The mark for Zimlich is an outdoor personal best. She had a clearance of 12-9.5 during the indoor season.
Arkansas opened the night session of the meet with a first-place performance in the 4x100-meter relay. The team of Gwendolyn Flowers, Regina George, McKnight and Tamara Myers combined to pass the baton around the track in a time of 44.65. McKnight returned to the track for a win in the premiere section of the 400 meters. Based on times entering the weekend, her winning time of 52.17 is the new NCAA leader.
In addition to the team's wins Saturday, Arkansas collected a pair of runner-up individual finishes from Kirsten Hesseltine in the high jump and Tamara Myers in the triple jump. For the third time in as many outdoor competitions this season, Hesseltine had a final clearance of 1.75m/5-8.75. In the triple jump, Myers got out to a day's mark of 12.55m/41-2.25. The 4x400-meter relay team also had a second-place finish, posting a time of 3:37.22 in the final event of the night.
Arkansas' efforts were also bolstered by six personal-best showings. The Razorbacks' list of personal-best showings came from Kemp at100 (11.80) and 200 meters (24.44), Caitlin Noonan at 800 meters (2:15.54), Flowers in the 400-meter hurdles (58.74), Danielle Nowell in the pole vault (4.11m/13-5.75) and Myers in the long jump (6.08m/19-8.25).
Next weekend, the Razorbacks are set to have their first full home competition of the outdoor season with the John McDonnell Invitational. The one-day event is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville. Field events will start at 9 a.m. (CT) with running events-all finals-beginning at 5 p.m. The northwest gate will serve as the entrance for fans and spectators.
100 Meters (open)
5. Ivanique Kemp - 11.80 (PR - prev: 12.13)
200 Meters (premiere) - 10:20 p.m.
5. Sparkle McKnight - 23.91
8. Regina George - 24.09
12. Ivanique Kemp - 24.44 (PR - prev: 24.50)
14. Martine Borge - 25.22
200 Meters (open)
10. Phyllis George - 24.91
400 Meters (premiere)
1. Sparkle McKnight - 52.17
4. Chrishuna Williams - 53.88
7. Martine Borge - 54.33
400 Meters (open)
8. Phyllis George - 56.42
800 Meters (open)
10. Caitlin Noonan - 2:14.26 (PR - prev: 2:15.54)
1,500 Meters (premiere)
6. Paige Johnston - 4:25.17
1. Ivanique Kemp - 13.27
400m Hurdles (premiere)
4. Gwendolyn Flowers - 58.74 (PR - prev: 59.41)
1. Flowers/George/McKnight/Myers - 44.65
2. Williams/McKnight/Flowers/George - 3:37.22
2. Kirsten Hesseltine - 1.75m/5-8.75
Pole Vault (Premiere)
6. Danielle Nowell - 4.11m/13-5.75 (PR - prev: 13-4.25)
Pole Vault (Open)
1. Megan Zimlich - 3.88m/12-8.75
Long Jump (Premiere)
4. Tamara Myers - 6.08m/19-8.25 (PR - prev: 19-3.25)
2. Tamara Myers - 12.55m/41-2.25
7. Rebecca Gorden - 37.86m/124-2