Razorback Track and Field Teams Score 9 Qualifiers


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.  – The No. 8 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team collected six national qualifiers on day one of the 2014 NCAA West Preliminary, while the men’s Razorback track and field team qualified three on the first day. The Razorbacks will be represented at the NCAA Outdoor Championships by Amethyst Boyd (javelin), Tamara Myers (long jump) and the vaulting quartet of Sandi MorrisDanielle NowellAriel Voskamp and Megan Zimlich and by Andrew Irwin in pole vault, along with Raymond Higgs and Anthony May in long jump.

Boyd secured her first-career trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on a first throw of 163-3, set a new school record in javelin. Boyd surpasses her previous personal record of 156-5 and takes down the previous school record of 162-10 set by Carly Bloomfield in 2007.

“All of the hard work I’ve put in this season is finally paying off,” said Boyd. “I couldn’t’ be more excited. I’ve been working to set a school record, so to do it at the biggest meet of the year, it’s unbelievable. I know Coach Compton is excited too, so I’m happy.”

A huge third-attempt jump landed Myers at 20-8.5 in long jump, a personal-best and the No. 2 all-time jump in Arkansas school history. The qualifying mark took down her previous PR of 20-7.75 and sends Myers to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second-consecutive year.

razorback track and fieldThe dominant pole vault quartet of Morris, Nowell, Zimlich and Voskamp all punched their ticket to Eugene with top-12 finishes. Morris, Nowell and Zimlich cleared 13-7, with Voskamp at 13-3 to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The performance comes two weeks after Arkansas earned a 1-2-3-7 at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

“All four girls have been working very hard for what they have accomplished the past couple of weeks,” said Assistant Coach Bryan Compton. “Coming into this meet there is no guarantee even the top jumpers will make it to nationals. For all four of them to pull through is special, it goes to show the hard work that they have done.”

Zimlich’s jump of 13-7, surpasses her previous PR of 13-3.5 set at the John McDonnell Invitational to advance her to the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career.

“When I made that bar, nothing was going through my mind – I was just the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” said Zimlich. “I’ve been trying to claw my way to the top. There were some things I needed to work on and execute and I did it.”

In first first-round running events, the Razorbacks advanced five to the quarterfinals. Entering the meet with the top 1,500-meter time in the nation, Stephanie Brown earned the top time in the first round with a time of 4:20.73 to automatically qualify to Saturday’s quarterfinals. Keri McClarycrossed the finish line in 4:23.27 and will join Brown in Saturday’s quarterfinals at 6:45 p.m.

Regine Williams clocked 11.70 in the 100-mter dash for an automatic qualifying third-place finish, advancing to Friday’s quarterfinal competition.

Day two of competition will begin Friday at 10 a.m. with men’s hammer. For more information on Razorback Track and Field, follow @RazorbackTF.

Live results can be followed here.
The free live stream will begin at 5 p.m., here.

Day One Results Razorback Women

100-Meter (First Round)
18. Regine Williams – 11.70Q

400-Meter (First Round)
8. Taylor Ellis-Watson – 53.05Q
9. Chrishuna Williams – 53.05Q

1,500-Meter (First Round)
1. Stephanie Brown – 4:20.73Q
22. Keri McClary – 4:23.27q
26. Paige Johnston – 4:24.08

Long Jump
3. Tamara Myers – 20-8.5

Pole Vault
1. Sandi Morris
6. Danielle Nowell
6. Megan Zimlich
11. Ariel Voskamp

7. Amethyst Boyd – 163-3

For the men, Irwin was the first to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, clearing 17-7 to punch his ticket to his second-straight NCAA Outdoor Championships. Irwin easily cleared the qualifying mark, finishing third overall.

Raymond Higgs and Anthony May were the next two Razorbacks to qualify for NCAA Championships, with top-12 performances in long jump. A first attempt jump by Higgs would land at 25-6 to take an early lead he would not relinquish. A final attempt leap of 24-8.5 in the final round would secure May’s spot in the top-12 and the senior’s second-straight trip to the outdoor championships.

“I’ve had a rough season, so to qualify right away today was huge,” said Higgs. ‘I’ve got a lot of work to do. I’m just going to keep my head up, run fast and jump hard.”

In first round competition of the 400-meter, Neil Braddy and Eric Janise automatically qualified for the quarterfinals. Braddy’s second place finish in his heat at 46.63 automatically advances the senior, and a strong finish by Janise in 47.07 earned him a spot to get both Razorbacks through the first round.

All three Razorbacks will compete in the 800-meter quarterfinals on Friday, with Patrick Rono leading the trio at 1:49.44. Andrew Pisechko finished second in his heat, clocking 1:49.92 to put him one step closer to Eugene. Tomas Squella rounded out the Arkansas 800 crew, crossing the finish line in 1:49.94 to secure his quarterfinal spot.

“Our guys got out there and did their job today,” said Head Coach Chris Bucknam. “It’s obviously no small feat to get through this meet to Eugene, and we’ve got some work to do. It was disappointing not having Jarrion Lawson qualify, with him being the Indoor National Champion. But we’ve got two days to get work done.”

Day two of competition will begin Friday at 10 a.m. with men’s hammer. For more information on Razorback Track and Field, follow @RazorbackTF.

Live results can be followed here.
The free live stream will begin at 5 p.m., here.

Day One Results Razorback Men

400-Meter (First Round)
16. Neil Braddy – 46.63Q
24. Eric Janise – 47.07q

800-Meter (First Round)
6. Patrick Rono – 1:49.44Q
13. Andrew Pisechko: 1:49.92Q
14. Tomas Sqella – 1:49.94q

400-Meter Hurdles (First Round)
27. Omar McLeod – 51.87
33. Larry Donald – 52.33

Long Jump
1. Raymond Higgs – 25-6
12. Anthony May – 24-8.5
23. Jarrion Lawson – 23-10.75

Pole Vault
3. Andrew Irwin – 17-7Q

Shot Put
42. Devin Randall – 153-11

40. Pete Mirocke – 189-2

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