Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Walt Beazley)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - The University of Arkansas women's track and field team collected 15 All-America accolades in reflection of the team's fourth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend in Fayetteville. The national list was released Monday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Fourteen of the Razorbacks' 15 honors, split among 10 athletes, earned a spot on the first-team list.
Five different Razorbacks received two All-America selections for the 2013 indoor season, including Regina George who was the national runner-up at 400 meters for the second consecutive season. She was also recognized for her work as the anchor leg of Arkansas' 4x400-meter relay. The rest of the team's two-time All-Americans are Makeba Alcide (high jump, pentathlon), Martine Borge (4x400m, DMR), Gwendolyn Flowers (4x400m, DMR) and Sparkle McKnight (400m, 4x400m).
First-team recognition also went to Grace Heymsfield as the anchor leg of the distance-medley relay, Sandi Morris in the pole vault, Tamara Myers in the triple jump and Keri Wood as the lead leg of the distance-medley relay. Ivanique Kemp was the Razorbacks' lone representative on the second team. She finished just .02 seconds out of the last qualifying spot for the event final of the 60-meter hurdles.
During the two-day national meet, two Arkansas school records were broken. George once again lowered her own school mark at 400 meters with her performance of 51.05 in the final. That showing equaled the eighth-fastest time in collegiate history. The distance-medley foursome of Borge, Flowers, Heymsfield and Wood combined for a school-record effort of 11:00.23 and a third-place overall finish.
With Monday's announcement, the Razorback women's program now has 102 All-Americans across the program's three aspects of cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. George increases her career total to 15 All-America certificates, including eight indoor honors. Heymsfield, McKnight, Morris, Myers and Wood earned their first career All-America honors at Arkansas.
Arkansas scored a program-high 42.5 points on its way to a fourth-place finish at the national meet. It marked the team's second NCAA fourth-place trophy in the last three seasons and the program's sixth top-five national finish, all of which have come under head coach Lance Harter. The Razorbacks came away with points in eight of their nine opportunities during the weekend.
First-team honors were given to those who placed in the championships' top eight in an event or were a member of an eight-person final. Second-team honors were earned by those who finished ninth between ninth and 16th place.
A tape-delayed broadcast of the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships will air March 17 at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU. Arkansas' championship performance at the SEC Championships will be aired March 13 at 8:30 p.m., also on ESPNU.
The Razorbacks will take a weekend away from competition before opening their outdoor season March 23 with the Texas State Quad in San Marcos, Texas.
2013 USTFCCCA All-Americans
Makeba Alcide - high jump, pentathlon
Martine Borge - 4x400m relay, distance-medley relay
Gwendolyn Flowers - 4x400m relay, distance-medley relay
Regina George - 400 meters, 4x400m relay
Grace Heymsfield - distance-medley relay
Sparkle McKnight - 400 meters, 4x400m relay
Sandi Morris - pole vault
Tamara Myers - triple jump
Keri Wood - distance-medley relay
Ivanique Kemp - 60m hurdles