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Posted: May 3, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Arkansas' Kalmer, Rosen Improve at Stanford

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas Razorback distance runners Christine Kalmer and Jillian Rosen improved their regional-qualifying marks late Saturday night at Stanford's Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational.

Kalmer, competing in the top heat of the 5,000 meters, clocked a time of 16:11.77 to finish 11th overall and fifth among collegians. Her time is a personal best and an improved regional qualifier. She currently ranks fourth in the SEC.

Rosen, competing in the second section of the 1,500 meters, clocked a time of 4:23.61 to finish 11th overall and ninth among collegians. Also improving her regional qualifier, Rosen's time is a personal best and ranks fourth in the SEC.

Before the rain took over Friday at the Arkansas Twilight, freshman Whitney Jones finished second overall and first among collegians in the long jump. Her best jump of the day measured 20-1.75 and is an improved personal best and regional qualifier. She ranks third in the SEC.

Also at the Arkansas Twilight, junior Katie Stripling won her fifth-straight pole vault competition of the season. She cleared 13-11.75 to lead a 1-3-4-5-6-8 finish for Arkansas in the event.

Arkansas Razorback women's track and field will have a week off to prepare for the SEC Championships, May 14-17, in Gainesville, Fla. For more information, visit

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