Arkansas women win SEC outdoor title

By: Bob Holt
Published: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Arkansas' Janeek Brown (center) leads Tonea Marshall of LSU and Payton Chadwick (left) as they compete Saturday, May 11, 2019, in the 100-meter hurdles during the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the meet.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Arkansas' Janeek Brown (center) leads Tonea Marshall of LSU and Payton Chadwick (left) as they compete Saturday, May 11, 2019, in the 100-meter hurdles during the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the meet.

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women’s track and field team ran away with its latest SEC title.

The Razorbacks showed why they’re the No. 1-ranked team nationally by piling up 139 1/2 points to win the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at John McDonnell Field.

Texas A&M finished second with 85 points.

It was Arkansas’ 15th SEC title in the past 16 conference cross country and track meets, and the Razorbacks bounced back in a big way after finishing sixth outdoors last year when many of their key athletes were redshirting because of injuries.

Arkansas won its eighth SEC outdoor title and its sixth triple crown — cross country, indoor and outdoor track championships in the same school year.

The Razorbacks also won triple crowns during the 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.

Sprinters Janeek Brown, Payton Chadwick, Kethlin Campbell and Kiara Parker led Arkansas on Saturday.

Brown, a sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica, won the 100-meter hurdles in 12.55 to break her own school record and lead the world this outdoor season. She ran 12.57 earlier this season.

Brown also finished fifth in the 200 in 23.12, and she ran on Arkansas’ second-place 400 relay team.

Chadwick, a senior from Springdale Har-Ber, ran a personal-best 12.70 in the 100 hurdles to take second. Her previous best was 12.83 in 2016.

Chadwick also took fourth in the 200 in 23.08, and she ran on the 400 relay and also took part on Arkansas’ winning 1,600 relay. Arkansas capped the meet with the team of freshman Paris Peoples, Parker, Chadwick and Campbell winning in 3.29.22.

Campbell, a sophomore transfer from Duke, won the 400 in a personal-best 51.03. The time ranks No. 4 on Arkansas’ all-time list and is the third-leading time in the world this season.

Parker, a senior, took third in the 100 in 11.19 and ran on the 400 relay, which took second in 43.11.

Arkansas sophomore Taylor Werner and redshirt freshman Lauren Gregory took 1-2 in the 5,000.

Werner passed Gregory in the final meters to win in 15:51.08. Gregory was second in 15:51.58.

Along with senior Devin Clark taking fifth in the 5,000 in 16:03.44 — after she won the 3,000 steeplechase on Friday night — the Razorbacks scored 22 points in the event.

Arkansas also scored 22 points in the 1,500 with junior Carina Viljoen taking second (4:17.81), Werner fourth (4:20.40), Gregory fifth (4:21.04), senior Sydney Brown sixth (4:21.83) and freshman Meghan Underwood seventh (4:23.68).

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