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Posted: January 31, 2009  :

Athletics: Shelise Williams Clocks NCAA Mark

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field concluded competition at the UW Invitational and the Penn State National on Saturday.

Arkansas picked up four NCAA provisional qualifiers and numerous personal bests during the two-day events.

"You travel to meets like these to pick NCAA qualifiers and record personal bests," head coach Lance Harter said. "We did both of those things this weekend and we can’t ask for much more than that. Shelise Williams had a great run in the 400 meters at Penn State and it is good to see her get that NCAA mark. We got some good things accomplished this weekend and that’s all we wanted to do."

On day two of the Penn State National, sophomore Shelise Williams clocked an NCAA provisional-qualifier in the 400 meters. Her time of 54.35, good for a fourth-place finish in the invitational heat, is a personal best, ranks third in the SEC and sixth nationally.

The 4x400-meter relay, Janine Davis, Whitney Jones, Williams and Karen Thomas, combined for a time of 3:40.25 to win the invitational heat. The time is a season best and leads the SEC.

Other impressive performances include a third-place finish in the invitational 200 meters for Jones (24.30), a seventh-place finish in the invitational 800 meters for Davis (2:10.14) and a 10th-place finish in the 3,000 meters for Ashley Williams (10:12.36). Both times are season bests.

In Seattle at the UW Invitational, Megan Jackson clocked a 9:54.40 in the 3,000 meters. Samantha Learch clocked a personal-best time of 4:58.55 in the mile. Both times are season bests.

For complete results and more information about Arkansas track and field, visit

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