UA women have most scoring opportunities at NCAAs

By: Bob Holt
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Arkansas pole vaulters Tori Hoggard (left) and Lexi Jacobus talk during the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas pole vaulters Tori Hoggard (left) and Lexi Jacobus talk during the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s track and field team will have a national-leading 15 scoring opportunities at the NCAA Indoor Championships held to be held March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala.

Lexi Jacobus and Tori Hoggard — twin sisters from Cabot — rank 1-2 nationally in the pole vault, according to the NCAA meet’s entries list announced this week.

Weeks cleared 15 feet, 4 1/4 inches to to set Arkansas and SEC meet records last Saturday and win her fifth conference title while Hoggard cleared 15-1 to take second.

Arkansas senior Payton Chadwick, who is from Springdale and is the defending NCAA champion in the 60-meter hurdles, will run the hurdles and 200 meters and on the 1,600 relay. She won the hurdles and took second in the 200 a the SEC meet and ran on Arkansas’ fourth-place 1,600 relay.

Razorbacks sophomore Janeek Brown has the No. 2 time nationally in the 60 hurdles (7.95). Kelsey Herman, a senior from Crossett, ranks third in the pentathlon with 4,330 points she scored in winning the SEC title. Senior Kiara Parker has the No. 2 time in the 60 (7.15).

Seniors Gabe Moore and Derek Jacobus are national qualifiers in the heptathlon for Arkansas’ men’s team. Moore ranks No. 4 with 5,908 points he scored in taking second at the SEC meet.

Sophomore Laquan Nairn qualified in the triple jump along with the Razorbacks’ teams for the 1,600 and distance medley relays.


A complete list of NCAA meet entries for both teams:

ARKANSAS WOMEN

Event: Athlete (National rank), Score

60 Meters: Kiara Parker (2), 7.15

200 Meters: Payton Chadwick (6), 22.97

400 Meters: Kethlin Campbell (12), 52.60

Mile: Lauren Gregory (6), 4:32.92

Mile: Carina Viljoen (11), 4:33.88

3,000 Meters: Lauren Gregory (6), 8:55.97

3,000 Meters: Taylor Werner (7), 8:56.97

60 Hurdles: Janeek Brown (2), 7.95

60 Hurdles: Payton Chadwick (4), 7.98

Pole Vault: Lexi Jacobus (1), 15-4 1/2

Pole Vault: Tori Hoggard (2), 15-1

Pole Vault: Desiree Freier (7), 14-5 1/2

Pentathlon: Kelsey Herman (3), 4,330 points

1,600 Meter Relay: Kiara Parker, Morgan Burks-Magee, Payton Chadwick, Kethlin Campbell (4), 3:29.69

Distance Medley Relay: Lauren Gregory, Morgan Burks-Magee, Alex Byrnes, Taylor Werner (5), 10:57.19

ARKANSAS MEN

Heptathlon: Gabe Moore (4), 5,908 points

Heptathlon: Derek Jacobus (13), 5,656 points

Triple Jump: Laquan Nairn (13), 52-7 1/4

1,600 Meter Relay: Travean Caldwell, Roy Ejiakuekwu, Hunter Woodhall, John Winn (11), 3:05.71

Distance Medley Relay: Ethan Moehn, John Winn, Kieran Taylor, Cameron Griffith (11), 9:29.26

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