Baylark breaks record of Olympic champion

By: Bob Holt
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Jada Baylark (left) and Kiara Parker of Arkansas run in the women's 100-meter dash Friday, April 27, 2018, during the National Relay Championships at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville.
Photo by Ben Goff
Jada Baylark (left) and Kiara Parker of Arkansas run in the women's 100-meter dash Friday, April 27, 2018, during the National Relay Championships at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville.

Jada Baylark has the Arkansas Razorbacks’ women’s school record in the 100 meters to herself.

Baylark, a sophomore from Little Rock Parkvew, ran 11.04 seconds Friday for the top time at the NCAA West Preliminaries in Sacramento, Calif., and advanced to the NCAA Championships June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore.

Baylark broke the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville record in the 100 of 11.10 she had shared with three-time Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown, who set the record in 2004.

Baylark’s time counted for a record-setting and nation-leading performance because the wind reading for the race was under 2.0 meters per second.

Razorbacks senior Kenzo Cotton advanced to the 100 (10.25) semifinals in Eugene and to tonight’s quarterfinals in the 200 (20.54).

Also advancing for the Razorbacks’ men’s team were senior Kemar Mowatt in the 400 hurdles (49.33), junior Obi Igbokwe in the 400 (45.61), junior Roy Ejiakuekwu in the 200 (21.07) and senior Larry Donald in the 110 hurdles (14.25).

Arkansas juniors Lexi Jacobus and Tori Hoggard — twin sisters from Cabot — were among 12 pole vaulters to clear 13 feet, 8 1/2 inches to advance to the NCAA Championships. Razorbacks junior Rylee Robinson also advanced.

Freshman Janeek Brown advanced for Arkansas in the 100 hurdles (13.09).

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