The No. 5 Arkansas men’s and the No. 3 women’s track and field team found success at the Stanford Invitational and Texas Relays Friday and Saturday with each team having first-place finishes in multiple events.
After finishing fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in the Arkansas Spring Invitational, sophomore Larry Donald found his stride in the 400-meter hurdles. He finished first after posting a time of 50.91 seconds.
Behind Donald was sophomore Kemar Mowatt, who finished third with a time of 51.38 seconds. It was Mowatt’s second top-three finish of the outdoor season after he finished second in the 110-meter at the Arkansas Spring Invitational.
The other first-place finisher at the Texas Relays for the Razorbacks was senior Devin Randall, who won the shot put event with a distance of 16.75 meters. At the Stanford Invitational, redshirt freshman Sam Kempka threw the shot put for a personal-best of 17.08 meters on his way to a second place finish.
Arkansas succeeded in another throwing event at the invitational after freshman Erich Sullins took third in the discus throw collegiate event with a recorded distance of 50.93 meters.
Three relay teams for the Razorbacks had top-four finishes over the weekend. The 4x800 meter relay team finished second while the 4x200 meter team took third on the weekend. The sprint medley team rounded out the trifecta for Arkansas after taking fourth.
Freshmen Carlton Orange and Cameron Griffith made some noise during the indoor season but have come into their own after being the only freshmen to run legs in the 4x800 meter relay.
Arkansas’ distance runners also had a solid day at the Invitational with sophomore Jack Bruce finishing the highest for the Razorbacks with a sixth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Alex George took eighth as he and Bruce were the only ones to place in the top 10.
The women’s team dominated the Texas Relays and Stanford Invitational with three first-place and nine top-five finishes overall.
Headlining the group of winners was distance runner Dominique Scott, who took first place in the 5,000-meter run after running a 15:25.10. It’s Scott’s second gold medal of the outdoor season after taking first in the 1,500-meter run at the Arkansas Spring Invitational.
Redshirt junior Valerie Reina took fourth in the 5,000-meter to join Scott as the only top-five finishers for the Razorbacks in the event.
Budding star Devin Clark improved on her 1,500 meter time from the previous meet by posting a 4:20.89 to go along with a fifth-place finish.
The Lady Razorbacks found even more success at the Texas Relays.
Leading the way for Arkansas was the heptathlon runners that swept the gold, silver and bronze. Redshirt sophomore Taliyah Brooks took first with 5,991 points and was followed by sophomore Payton Stumbaugh, who only trailed Brooks by six points. Rounding out the group was senior Alex Gochenour, who scored 5,833 points.
Stumbaugh also took second in the 100-meter hurdles after not running the event so far this season.
The last first-place finisher for the Lady Razorbacks was the sprints relay team that posted a time of 3:52.40. Anchored by redshirt senior Taylor Ellis-Watson, the team composed of Brianna Swinton, Daina Harper and Monisa Dobbins also took second place in the 4x400 meter run behind the 10th-fastest time in Arkansas history.
Both teams will return to the track April 15-16 at the Mt. SAC Relays at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, California.