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Posted: April 20, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Arkansas Track and Field Weekend Recap

The Razorback men's track and field team picked up eight regional-qualifying marks and an NCAA best Saturday at the John McDonnell Invitational. With a win in the event and a jump of 26-2.25, Bailey now leads the NCAA and the SEC in the long jump. His mark is a personal best and ranks No. 9 on Arkansas' all-time list.

Also in the long jump, Mychael Stewart marked a personal best and an improved regional qualifier. His best jump of the day measured 25-4, good for a fourth-place finish. J-Mee Samuels improved his regional qualifier in the 100 meters twice, first with a 10.43 in the prelims and then with a 10.35 in the finals. He ranks tied for fifth in the SEC in the event. In the 200 meters, he clocked a 20.88 to earn a runner-up finish. His time ranks fifth in the SEC and 16th in the NCAA.

Alex McClary won his heat and finished second overall in the invitational 800 meters. He clocked a regional-qualifying time of 1:49.22. He ranks third in the SEC and 12th nationally. Dorian Ulrey won the invitational 1,500 meters. His time of 3:45.20 is a regional qualifier and ranks third in the SEC and 16th nationally.

Also in the field events, Nkosinza Balumbu finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 54-0, an improved regional qualifier. He continues to lead the SEC. Luke Laird earned a runner-up finish in the javelin. His toss measured 213-4 and is an improved regional qualifier. He ranks seventh in the SEC.

The Razorback women's track and field team added seven regional qualifers and two NCAA marks to its list at the John McDonnell Invitational and the Mt. SAC Relays and saw Katie Stripling mark the nation's best height in the pole vault in Fayetteville on Saturday. Forced inside because of heavy rain in the Fayetteville area, Stripling won the pole vault with a jump of 14-3.25. Her clearance ties her existing school record and personal best and is an improved regional qualifier. She now leads the NCAA and the SEC.

Tara Diebold finished fourth in the pole vault. She cleared a career best 13-6.25. She improved her regional qualifier and currently ranks fourth in the SEC.

Shelise Williams continues to excel in the sprints. She finished third in the invitational heat of the 200 meters. With a time of 23.78, she clocked a personal best, qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships and currently ranks seventh in the SEC.

Lauren Lewis ran a great 800 meters. She clocked a personal best and qualifier for the regional championships with her time of 2:09.34 and sixth-place finish in the invitational heat. She ranks seventh in the SEC. Etienne Chaplin hit the regional qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles with a prelim time of 13.88 and a sixth-place finish. She clocked the same time in the finals, good for a seventh-place finish.

At Mt. SAC Relays, Christine Kalmer improved her regional time in the 5,000 meters at Mt. SAC. She clocked a time of 16:30.92 to finish 26th overall and sixth among collegiate competitors. Her time ranks fifth in the SEC.

Catherine White won the top section of the 10,000 meters with a time of 33:37.83. Her clocking is an NCAA provisional qualifier and a personal best by 25 seconds. She currently ranks fourth nationally and leads the SEC by more than a minute. Denise Bargiachi, running in the same section as White, picked up a provisional qualifier in the 10,000 meters. She recorded a time of 34:49.56 and finished 16th.

Megan Jackson improved her regional qualifier in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She finished 20th overall and 10th among collegians with a time of 10:27.49 in the fastest section of the event. Originally scheduled to run in the collegiate section, Jackson's shoe was pulled off in the first water jump and she was unable to finish the race. She was moved to the professional section where she clocked the best time in the SEC in 2009 and a personal best by seven seconds.


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