Stripling Earns Bronze on Day Two of NCAAs
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Junior Katie Stripling picked up a bronze finish and the 4x400-meter relay scored points as Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field finished tied for 20th with 11 points at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. The Razorbacks will bring eight All-America honors back to Fayetteville.
“Things shaped up pretty well for us today,” head coach Lance Harter said. “Katie (Stripling) redeemed herself after a rough SEC meet to pick up another bronze finish in the pole vault. Her and Tara (Diebold) earned All-America honors along with the 4x400-meter relay. Whitney Jones ran another great anchor leg and she shows so much promise as an All-American freshman.”
Stripling, a native of Jonesboro, Ark., earned her second-straight third-place finish in the NCAA pole vault. She cleared 13-11.25 and scored six points. She earned the second All-America honor of her career including her bronze finish from the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Her clearance is tied for the third best in school history.
“It’s really exciting to get third place,” Stripling said. “It was great to be jumping well again and earn another All-American honor. It was great to have three of us out there and the support of your teammates while you are competing. I feel like the leader of our jump crew but this was a great experience for Tara (Diebold) and Tina (Sutej). They learned a lot from this experience.”
Sophomore Tara Diebold finished ninth in the pole vault. She cleared 13-3.5. She was among the top eight Americans and earned the first All-America honor of her career. Freshman Tina Sutej finished 12th in the event with her height of 13-3.5.
The 4x400-meter relay was the final event of the day and the Arkansas quartet finished seventh. The group of junior Karen Thomas (55.09), sophomore Shelise Williams (52.63), senior Janine Davis (55.50) and freshman Whitney Jones (53.69) combined for a time of 3:36.90. Williams picked up her second All-America honor while Thomas, Davis and Jones earned their first certificate.
2009 NCAA Indoor All-Americans
Denise Bargiachi, 5,000 Meters
Catherine White, 5,000 Meters
Karen Thomas, Shelise Williams, Janine Davis, Whitney Jones, 4x400M Relay
Tara Diebold, Pole Vault
Katie Stripling, Pole Vault
Bronze for Ulrey in the Mile
Arkansas Razorback men’s track and field finished eighth with 24 points at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. The Razorback will bring eight All-America honors back to Fayetteville.
“We had some goings happen and some not so good things,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “We needed everyone to do their job this weekend and that didn’t happen for us. We need to be qualifying for finals to score points. Dorian (Ulrey) ran his heart out. He did everything we asked of him and he carried this team on his shoulders. I know he wanted race wins and he’s disappointed he didn’t get them. We aren’t done yet. I don’t ever count this team out. Now we are going to focus on outdoor.”
Junior Dorian Ulrey took the weight of the Razorback team on his shoulders this weekend, competing in four races, including three separate miles, in two days. He ended his first NCAA Championship as a Razorback with a third-place finish in the mile (4:02.19) and a ninth-place finish in the 3,000 meters (8:03.26).
Ulrey picked up All-America honors in the mile but just missed a certificate in the 3K. Ulrey ends the weekend with two All-America honors after anchoring the distance medley relay to a runner-up finish Friday night.
Sophomore Duncan Phillips also competed in the finals of the mile. He finished 11th with a time of 4:08.73 but was among the top eight Americans and earned his second All-America honor of the weekend. He ran the lead leg of Friday night’s DMR.
Senior Nkosinza Balumbu, at his final NCAA Indoor Championships, finished fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 53-0.25. He earned the sxith All-America honor of his career and has never finished outside the top eight at an NCAA Indoor Championship. Freshman Tarik Batchelor finished 14th in the event with a jump of 49-2.25.
Shawn Forrest opted not to compete in the 3,000 meters because of injury.
2009 NCAA Indoor All-Americans
Nkosinza Balumbu, Triple Jump
Shawn Forrest, 5,000 meters
Alex McClary, Distance Medley Relay
Duncan Phillips, Mile, Distance Medley Relay
Ben Skidmore, Distance Medley Relay
Dorian Ulrey, Mile, Distance Medley Relay
For complete results of the NCAA Indoor Championships, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com or AggieAthletics.com.