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The Arkansas men’s and women’s track and field teams are looking to secure their first national title since 2015 this weekend at the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

The women’s track and field team was the runner-up with 49 points in the 2018 NCAA Division I indoor track and field championship.  Georgia placed first with 61 points overall. In the men’s championship, Florida placed first with 37 points, and Arkansas took 13th place, scoring 16 points. There more than 20 individual qualifiers for the men’s and women’s track and field teams this year.

Women’s Track and Field Team

For the ninth time in school history, and for the fifth consecutive time, the women’s track and field team won the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The women’s team, ranked No. 1 in the nation, has a chance to win it all this weekend. Following behind Arkansas is the University of Southern California, LSU and Florida.

The women’s track and field team achieved 11 personal bests at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships.  Senior sprinter Kiara Parker placed second in the 60-meter dash with a personal best of 7.15 seconds. She averages 7.25 seconds and has placed first in this event five times over the season.

Senior sprinter and 2018 NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships for the 60-meter hurdles, Payton Chadwick has a personal best of 7.93 seconds. She averages 8.08 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. Chadwick is also qualified for the 200-meter dash. She placed 13th last year in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.25. Sophomore sprinter Janeek Brown also qualified for the 60-meter hurdles with a personal best of 7.95 seconds. Brown competed in the 2018 NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships and placed 7th in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.11.

Sophomore sprinter Kethlin Campbell qualified for the 400-meter dash in the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships with a personal best of 52.60 seconds. Campbell averages a time of 52.80 in her races.

Sophomore distance runner Lauren Gregory qualified in both the 1-mile run and the 3000-meter run. She earned third place in the 1-mile run with a personal best of 4:32.92 minutes. Gregory placed sixth in the 3,000-meter run with another personal best of 8:55.97. Junior middle distance runner Carina Viljoen will be competing in the 1-mile run at the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships with a personal best of 4:33.88. Junior distance runner Taylor Werner will also be representing Arkansas in the 3000-meter run with a personal best of 8:56.97.

Senior pole vaulter, four-time SEC champion and three-time NCAA champion, Lexi Jacobus placed first in the  SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships.  meet with a personal best mark of 4.70 meters, the second best mark in Razorback history. This mark beats her NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships mark of 4.66 meters when she placed first. Following Jacobus, senior pole vaulter Tori Hoggard placed second with a mark of 4.60 meters. Hoggard placed second in last year’s NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships with a personal best mark of 4.61 meters. Redshirt senior Desiree Freier also qualified for the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships by placing seventh with a personal best mark of 4.41 meters. Last year, Freier took home fifth place at the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships.

Redshirt senior Kelsey Herman has a personal best score of 4,330 points in the pentathlon. At the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Herman placed third behind Michelle Atherley who placed first, a senior from University of Miami, and Aliyah Whisby, a sophomore from Georgia who placed second.

Men’s Track and Field Team

Arkansas enters the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships coming off a runner-up finish in the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend.

The men’s 4x400 meter relay team will compete in the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships. The team includes sophomore sprinter Travean Caldwell, redshirt senior Roy Ejiakuekwu, sophomore sprinter Hunter Woodhall, and redshirt junior John Winn. Last year’s 4x400 meter relay team placed fourth in the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships with a time of 3:05.14 minutes. This year’s 4x400 meter relay team’s best time is 3:05.71.

Sophomore jumper Laquan Nairn placed third at the SEC indoor track and field championship meet with a mark of 16.03 meters in his first triple jump event of the season, qualifying him to compete in the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships. This will be Nairn’s first time to compete in the event at the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships.

Redshirt senior Gabe Moore placed sixth with 5,874 points in last year’s NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships. In the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships, he scored his personal best of 5,908 points, earning him fourth place. In front of him is Georgia, Stanford and UTSA. Redshirt senior Derek Jacobus placed 13th with a score of 5,656, which was good enough for him to qualify for the championships.

The men’s distance medley will compete in the NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships. The team includes Winn, redshirt junior Ethan Moehn, redshirt sophomore Kieran Taylor and middle-distance runner senior Cameron Griffith.

The NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships is the end of indoor season for the Hogs, outdoor season starts Mar. 22 in the Arkansas Spring Invitational.

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