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Posted: January 18, 2009  :

Athletics: Arkansas' Beckford, Jones Shine at MSSU

JOPLIN, Mo. – Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field competed at the Missouri Southern Invitational Friday and Saturday. The Cardinal and White picked up four event wins during the two-day event.

Senior Peter-Gaye Beckford finished second in the long jump with a mark of 20-0.25. Her jump is an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark and ranks first among SEC competitors and sixth nationally. She also finished first in the triple jump (38-6.75 and third in the shot put (43-5.75). Her toss in the shot put is a new PR.

Freshman Whitney Jones continued competition with a third-place finish in the long jump (19-8.25), a second-place finish in the triple jump (37-10.75) and a win in the 60 meters (7.67p/7.58f). Her long jump and 60-meter time were personal bests.

Arkansas also picked up events wins from senior Lauren Lewis (800 meters, 2:19.39), Shelise Williams (600Y, 1:23.93) and the 4x400-meter relay (Kelly Long, Courtenay Blair, Lewis, Janine Davis, 4:00.44).

Next up for women’s track will be the Razorback Invitational, Jan. 23-24, at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. For more information about Arkansas Athletics, visit

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