After an incredible season that included many record-breaking performances, the Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field team took home its first NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in program history Saturday.
Head coach Lance Harter’s squad posted 72 points during the final at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, 10 points more than the second-place Oregon Ducks.
Many expected the 2016 group to compete for the title this season and they didn’t disappoint. The win is the second national victory for Arkansas with its first coming at the conclusion of the 2015 indoor season, when the team took home the Indoor Championship.
The Razorbacks were able to take home championship honors while led by decorated stars Dominique Scott and Lexi Weeks.
The two combined for three gold-medal finishes during the meet. Scott finished first in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter run, while Weeks leaped 4.50 meters to the top of the pole vaulting group.
During her final collegiate meet, Scott went out with a bang. The South Africa native finished her career with five NCAA individual event titles.
Senior Taylor Ellis-Watson took home two silver medals of her own with remarkable performances in the 400-meter finals and the 4x400 relay finals.
Watson’s senior journey was also one to remember, as the four-time Outdoor All-American brought her ‘A’ game all season.
Over the course of the 2015-16 season, the team acquired several big time performances, including the NCAA Outdoor national title, NCAA national runner-up at Indoors and a sweep of the Southeastern Conference titles.
As the team’s incredible season comes to a close, the Razorbacks will begin to prepare for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials July 1-10.