Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Grable qualifies for NCAA event finals
Arkansas' Katherine Grable competes in the floor exercise during the NCAA Gymnastics Regional Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Katherine Grable finished with a score of 39.60 and was second all-around at the NCAA Championships on Friday in Birmingham, Ala.
Grable, a senior, advanced to the individual event finals Sunday in the vault and floor. Grable scored 9.95 in the vault and floor events Friday and 9.85 in the bars and beam competitions.
“It was really fun to get back out and compete for a national championship,” Grable said. “On the beam, I got caught up a little bit and tried to do too much in my routine instead of just focusing and doing what in know how to do. I am really proud to represent the Razorbacks and I am looking forward to the NCAA event finals on Sunday.”
Arkansas freshman Amanda Wellick finished 20th all-around Friday. Grable was the SEC gymnast of the year this season and Wellick was the league's freshman of the year.