Razorbacks

Hogs Men and Women Dominate National Relays

Lady Razorbacks Celebrate their Team Victory. Photo by Crant Osborne

By Nate Allen

FAYETTEVILLE – It’s called the National Relays but ultimately it  scored like the Arkansas Relays for the track meet that the Razorbacks men’s and women’s hosted  Friday and Saturday at John McDonnell Field with Texas, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU,  Baylor, Mississippi State, Stanford and Washington.
With team scores not kept for the individual events but only for the 4 x 1,500 and sprint medley relays run Friday and the 4 x 100, 4x 800, shuttle hurdles and 4 x 400 relays run Saturday, Coach Lance Harter’s nationally No. 1 ranked Razorbacks women outpointed runner-up Texas, 54-38, while Coach Chris Bucknam’s nationally 15th-ranked Razorbacks men outpointed runner-up Texas, 36-31.
Kiara Parker – Waldorf, MD. Photo by Crant Osborne

Arkansas’ women won every relay but the sprint medley and the 4 x 400 and likely could have won the latter, too.  Arkansas women’s sprints coach Chris Johnson closed Saturday’s meet resting his  already well-worked regular 4 x 400 members to run a B-team that edged Texas 3:36.03 to 3:36.57 for second behind Baylor’s winning  3:35.71.

Arkansas’ men won Saturday’s shuttle hurdles, run as a 4 x110 meter hurdle relay  for men and a 4 x 100 hurdles relay for women, and Saturday’s 4 x 800, and placed high enough in others to compensate for a passing out of the lane disqualification in Saturday’s 4 x 100.
Bucknam and Harter noted the weather was ideal for Friday’s competition which included  Janeek Brown’s Razorbacks record breaking, 2019 world leading 12.58 in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, but Saturday’s conditions were gone with the wind.
Travean Caldwell, Crossett, AR. Photo by Crant Osborne

“Most of the highlights came yesterday when the weather was cooperative,” Harter said.   “Today was more survival with the wind.  But to compete the way we did today with the wind in the relays is kind of a feather in our cap.”

And makes outdoor track like the outdoor games others play, Bucknam said.
“The wind was tough, but baseball has got to play in it and  football plays in it,” Bucknam said.   “It’s what we do. We are so timed and performance based it makes it a little bit tough to compare times around the country and all that but it is what it is.”
An Arkansas men’s quartet of Ethan Moehn, Kieran Taylor, Chase Pareti and Cameron Griffith won Saturday’s 4 x800  in 7:39.37 over 7:44.01 for runner-up Kansas.
“We had an All-American leading off and an All-American closing,” Bucknam said. “That’s not a play around team.”
Carl Elliott – Fort Pierce, Florida. Photo by Crant Osborne

The  victorious men’s foursome winning the shuttle hurdles relays leading start to finish comprised Shakiel Chattoo, Tre’Bien Gilbert, Gabe Moore, Carl Elliott  beating Kansas State in 57.81 to the Wildcats’ 1:02.52.

 After their 4 x 1,500 of  Meghan Underwood,  Quinn Owen, Sydney Brown  and Maddy Reed  won Friday,  17:56.89 compared to 18:02.68 to runner-up Texas, Arkansas’ women rolled Saturday.
Arkansas’  Taylor Werner, Lauren Gregory, Quinn Owen and  Carina Viljoen  start to finish dominated the 4 x 800 in 8:55.13 to runner-up Kansas State’s 9:01.24 and Texas’ 9:07.72.
Lauren Gregory – Fort Collins, CO. Photo by Crant Osborne

The 4 x 100 of Kiara Parker,  Payton Chadwick, Janeek Brown,  and Keithlin Campbell clocked  44.35  second-place Texas’ 44.61.

Brown’s second leg and Chadwick’s anchor carried Arkansas’ shuttle relays, with freshmen  G’Auna Edwards and    J’Alyiea Smith on the first and third legs, to a 56.04 to 58.09 victory over Kansas State.
Sophomore Brown’s 12.57 Friday tied for the eighth-best ever  women’s 100-meter hurdles collegiate time and was THE story of the meet, Harter said.
“She stole the spotlight deservedly,” Harter said. “She’s always so quick but sometimes has a tendency to run up on hurdles. Not this time. She ran a perfect race.”
No doubt Brown’s time will create national attention even with the Penn Relays and Drake Relays on the same weekend.
Janeek Brown – Kingston Jamaica. Photo by Crant Osborne

“I think she did and I think she has more to go,” women’s sprints coach Johnson said.  “She has done a fantastic job. With her and Payton sort of spearheading the sprints team and Kiara  a senior we feel pretty good.”

Other individual Razorbacks winners included Cabot’s Tori Hoggard, 14-1 1-4 in Saturday’s women’s invitational pole vault and  Erich Sullins, 215-8, in Friday’s men’s hammer throw.
Some outstanding men’s performances were posted by victorious men’s triple jumper Chengetayi Mapaya of TCU, 55-3 1-2; and Texas men’s shotputter Adrian Pierini, 67-6 1-2.
Arkansas hosts Friday’s Twilight Invitational meet at John McDonnell Field  as a “tuneup,” Harter and Bucknam said, for the SEC Outdoor Championships that Arkansas hosts  May 9-11 here.
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