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Posted: March 22, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Regional Marks and Wins for Razorbacks at UC Irvine

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field picked up six event wins and six regional qualifiers at the UC Irvine Spring Break Classic this weekend. Events wins include the pole vault, long jump and 400 meters.

Senior Sarah Landau led a 1-2-3-4 finish for the Razorbacks in the pole vault. She cleared 12-11.5 to take the win. Junior Janice Keppler, sophomore All-American Tara Diebold and freshman Tina Sutej tied for second with their clearances of 12-7.5. All four cleared the regional-qualifying height.

In her outdoor debut, freshman All-American Whitney Jones won the long jump. Her best jump of the day measured 19-8.75 and qualifies her for the NCAA Regional Championships in May.

Junior All-Americans Courtenay Brown and Karen Thomas finished 1-2 in the 400 meters. Brown clocked a time of 55.50 to win the event and Thomas’ time of 55.60 was good for a runner-up finish.

Sophomore All-American Shelise Williams had a solid weekend in the short sprints. She earned a runner-up finish in the 100 meters with a time of 11.91. She followed that up with a win in the 200 meters with a time of 24.01.

Typically a miler, sophomore Jillian Rosen won the 3,000 meters. Topping the field of 36, she clocked a time of 9:49.04.

Arkansas ended the two-day event with a win in the 4x400-meter relay. The quartet of Brown, senior All-American Etienne Chaplin, Thomas and Williams combined for a time of 3:40.10, also a regional qualifier.

Women’s track and field will compete next at the Stanford Invitational, Fri.-Sat., March 27-28. For more information, visit

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