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Senior Dominique Scott competes in the 1500-meter run at the Arkansas Spring Invitational on March 26. Scott finished first in the event with a time of 4:15:61.

The No. 5 Arkansas men’s and No. 3 women’s track and field teams had a strong showings in the Arkansas Spring Invitational Saturday with multiple top-5 finishes and personal records set on the day.

Davon Anderson took first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.07 seconds. Kemar Mowatt finished second and Larry Donald took fourth to give the Razorbacks one of its highest-scoring events.

The Razorbacks swept the heptathlon event with Brad Culp taking first place. Lane Austell took second and Derek Jacobus rounded out the sweep by taking third.

In like fashion, the jumping events continued to be high scoring for the Razorbacks. Ken LeGassey took third in the high jump while Alex Campbell took fifth. Brandon Workman landed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 7.44 meters for a personal best.

If Saturday’s performance is any indication of what is to be expected from the No. 3 Arkansas women’s team this season, big things are yet to come.

“We were at a crossroads where people were really ready to run and people were really tired,” Arkansas coach Lance Harter said. “To have the type and quality performance that we had Saturday was pretty amazing.”

Seven Razorbacks won their respective events in the invitational and three set NCAA-leading marks to start off the outdoor season.

In her return to the outdoor season, All-American distance runner Dominique Scott took first place in the 1,500-meter run as she set the NCAA mark this season with a time of 4:15.61.

“Her season might go all the way to August this year depending on what South Africa wants to do with her,” Harter said. “She actually, physically, did a hard workout Saturday morning with the idea that she would come back Saturday night and run the 1,500 to see where she was at, especially when she was leg-weary. Then she runs the fastest time in the United States.”

Scott, a redshirt senior, has been a leader on this track team for the past few years and her experience and talent has been a blessing for Arkansas but a nightmare for opposing teams.

“Some of the college coaches were watching her warm-up and asked ‘What is she doing here?’” Harter said. “I said, ‘Well, she’s about to run the 1,500’ and they were going, ‘Oh that’s great. Who is she running for?’ I said, ‘She’s running for Arkansas,’ and they were like, ‘What? She’s still around?’ A lot of people are standing with their mouth agape saying ‘Oh my God, she’s back again?’”

Taylor Ellis-Watson capitalized on her strong performance at the NCAA Indoor championships with a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.70 seconds. Payton Stumbaugh finished third with a time of 23.48 seconds.

“That’s the fastest time in the United States,” Harter said of Ellis-Watson. “She was in the middle of a pretty heavy training cycle and then she busts a huge PR at a world-class time.”

While Ellis-Watson, Scott and freshmen phenoms Tori and Lexi Weeks all paved the way for the Razorbacks Saturday, Arkansas had first-place finishes from Alex Gochenour in the 100-meter hurdles and from Brianna Swinton in the 400-meter hurdles.

Kelsey Herman also took first place in the long jump event.

The men’s and women’s next event is the Stanford Invitational at the Cobb Track and Angell Field in Palo Alto, California, April 1-2. The teams will split their time between the Invitational and the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.

 

Alex Nicoll was the editor-in-chief of the Arkansas Traveler from 2017-2019. Before that, Alex was a sport designer, and he wrote stories for the news, lifestyles and sports sections.

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