Arkansas track and field held the annual Razorback Invitational, placing in several events leading to a strong finish this past weekend.
Arkansas women’s team placed first overall by scoring 145.5 points, while the University of Oregon scored 101 points behind Arkansas. The men’s team placed third overall with 74 points, 41 points behind the University of Florida and 42 points behind Oregon.
In the NCAA Division 1, Arkansas men’s track and field is ranked twelfth and the women’s team is ranked first. Arkansas’ men’s team competed against Florida (2), LSU (8), K-State, UK, Mississippi State, Iowa State, OSU, and Purdue. The women’s team also faced tough competition. Four of their competitors were within the top ten teams in the nation; Florida (6), UK (8), LSU (9), and Oregon (10).
Saturday’s events started 11:35 a.m. with the 3000-meter run and Preston Cates took the lead with a time of 8:20, earning first place.
Gabe Moore dominated in the Heptathlon with a score of 5,865 points, good enough for first place. Moore finished first in the 60-meter dash, shot put, high jump, 60-meter hurdles, second in the long jump, third in 1000-meter run and placed sixth in the pole vault.
Derek Jacobus placed second, following behind Moore by five hundredths of a second in the heptathlon 60-meters.
The women’s team started Friday’s meet off well by placing second, fourth, and fifth in the 200 meter dash. Chadwick placed second in the 200-meter dash at 22.96 seconds, closely behind Kentucky who finished in 22.965 seconds. Overall, Chadwick was the second fastest 200-meter sprinter out of the 40 sprinters who competed.
Payton Chadwick also won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.01 seconds and teammate Janeek Brown, finished right on Chadwick’s heels one hundredths of a second after, placing second.
Sydney Hammit placed second in the 400-meter dash clocking in at 55.00 seconds, barely passing Kentucky by fourteen hundredths of a second.
Kiara Parker placed first in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.15 seconds, while Jada Baylark placed fourth clocking in at 7.27 seconds.
Taylor Werner left her competitors in the dust during the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:08.46. Werner finished 17 seconds ahead of the next closest runner, from Iowa State.
The women’s 4x400 relay team finished in 3:31.2 finishing first, beating Kentucky who finished in 3:32.15 and Florida finished in 3:34.59.
In the Pentathlon, Keley Herman, an All-American Pentathlon runner, finished with 4,189 points, placing first in every event except for the 800-meter run.
All-American Alexis Jacobus had the overall best jump in pole vault (4.51m/14-9.50). Victoria Hoggard followed closely behind Jacobus with an identical bar, earning second place (4.51m/14-9.50). Desiree Freier came in fourth (4.41m/14-5.50),and Bailee McCorkle placed fifth (4.01m/13-1.75).
The Razorbacks next meet is Friday, February 1st in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the New Mexico Classic event. The next home meet is February 8th at 5:00 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville.