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Women’s Track & Field

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The women’s track and field team claimed its first victory of the 2016 indoor track season, winning by a large margin over No. 5 Oregon in the Razorback Invitational during the past weekend.

The Lady Razorbacks finished the meet with a score of 127.5. The second place finisher, Oregon, scored 102 points. The teams were the only ones to record triple digit numbers for the meet.

Arkansas led the meet both days, finishing the first day with 86.5 points.

Three other Southeastern Conference teams placed in the top six out of the 12 teams represented at the meet.

Georgia finished third with 76 points and Florida placed fourth with 70. Louisiana State University rounded out the top six with 50 points.

Arkansas was led by seven-time All-American sprinter Taylor Ellis-Watson, who won the 400-meter sprint with a time of 52.26 to also claim the NCAA and world-leading time spot.

Watson also scored six points for the Lady Hogs by finishing third in the 200-meter dash.

Ellis-Watson was just one Razorback who had a standout performance for the team over the course of the weekend.

Sprinter Daina Harper also added five points for Arkansas for the 400-meter sprint to secure 15 points for the team for the event. Freshman Kailee Sawyer had an impressive performance by placing sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.47.

Distance runner Jessica Kamilos placed third in the mile invitational run with a time of 4:39.70 and hurdler Payton Stumbaugh placed third in the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries with a time of 8:28.

The women’s team dominated the 5,000-meter run by securing three of the top four spots in the event. Samantha Mohler finished first, while Logan Bishop and Grace Taylor finished second and fourth, respectively.

Arkansas also dominated the pole vault behind the performances of two freshmen athletes. Lexi and Tori Weeks, twins from Cabot, Arkansas, finished first and second for a deadly one-two punch that added 18 points to the team's overall score.

The Lady Hogs had five of the top seven finishers in the pentathlon to take 24 of the 35 available points in the event.

The Razorbacks will travel to College Station, Texas next weekend for the Charlie Wilson Invitational on Feb. 5 and 6.

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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