FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. / SEATTLE, Wash. – The No. 1 Arkansas women’s track and field team picked up two NCAA top-three performances on the final day of the Tyson Invitational as well as an SEC-leading mark in the Husky Classic.
Freshman phenom Lexi Weeks jumped to the No. 2 spot on Arkansas’s all-time best list in the pole vault during her fourth meet as a Razorback.
Entering the competition at 4.00m/13-1.5 Weeks made quick work of the next four heights advancing to 4.60m/15-1 with a perfect clearance record. The Cabot, Ark. native came up short on her first attempt but bounced back strong on her second attempt to secure a new personal best. The mark moves Weeks back up the NCAA performance list to No. 1 in share with Megan Clark of Duke.
Senior Taylor Ellis-Watson kicked off day two with a runner-up finish at 200 meters off an indoor personal best time of 23.03. The 2015 NCAA Indoor 400-meter silver-medalist gave her home crowd a show getting one of her best block starts this season to win heat four and post the second best time of the day. Ellis-Watson’s new PR is the third best in the NCAA at 200 meters.
California native Nikki Hiltz raced to the SEC-leading spot in the mile with a time of 4:38.27 at the Husky Classic. Hiltz along with teammate Jessica Kamilos are only two runners in the conference with a sub-4:40 mile time this season.
Already one of the top milers in the SEC, Kamilos took on the 3K in Seattle, Wash. and came out with a conference-leading time. The 2015 NCAA DMR champion eclipsed her former PR in the event by over 10 seconds finishing as one of the best collegians in the race with a time of 9:13.92. One of Arkansas’s team leaders, Kamilos continues to position herself to be a major contributor for the Razorbacks during postseason competition.
Arkansas also saw improved times from Sydney Brown (Husky Classic) and Kelsey Schrader in the 3,000 meter run of 9:31.87 and 9:58.57 respectively. Oklahoma transfer Payton Stumbaugh also collected a new PR of 23.67 in the 200-meter dash.
The Razorbacks closed the meet with a solid outing in the 4×400-meter relay placing third with a season’s best time of 3:32.27.
“I think we had a really good weekend,” said associate head coach Chris Johnson. “Taylor Ellis-Watson had a lifetime PR indoors, she ran fantastic. Payton Stumbaugh had a lifetime PR as well. These meets (Husky/Tyson) do a great job of getting us ready for what to expect at SECs and nationals. The SEC is the best conference in the country and most of teams from the conference were here (Tyson) so we got to see a snapshot of where they are and what they can do.