Bob Holt is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 basketball poll. Holt has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year three times.
Razorbacks open track season
G'Auna Edwards of Arkansas (right) and Leah Molter of Oklahoma Baptist run in the women's 100-meter hurdles Friday, April 12, 2019, at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Sophomore G’Auna Edwards won the 60-meter hurdles in 8.33 seconds and the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 7 inches, and took fifth in the 200 in 24.66 for the University of Arkansas women’s track and field team Friday night as the defending national champion and No. 2-ranked Razorbacks opened the indoor season at the Arkansas Invitational.
Arkansas took the top seven spots in the 200, with sophomore Tiana Wilson winning in 23.87, junior Jada Baylark second in 23.97 and junior Morgan Burks Magee third in 24.82.
The Razorbacks went 1-2-3 in the mile with senior Carina Viljoen winning in 4:37.78, with junior Katie Izzo second in 4:39.64 and junior Abby Gray third in 4:50.9.
Arkansas also took the top three spots in the 400 with sophomore Paris Peoples winning in 54.29, followed by Burks Magee in 54.36 and freshman Rosey Effiong in 55.93.
Arkansas senior Lauren Martinez, a transfer from California where she was an All-American and Pac-12 Conference champion, cleared 13-11 1/2 to win the pole vault, with sophomore Bailee McCorkle taking second at 13-7 1/2.
Razorbacks junior Krissy Gear won the 800 in 2:09.42.
Freshman Jeremy Farr won the 400 in 47.47 for Arkansas’ No. 8-ranked men’s team, and junior Chase Pareti won the 800 in 1:54.2. Senior Laquan Nairn went 51-11 1/4 to win the triple jump.
Former Razorback Colin O’Mara won the mile in 4:07.01 running unattached, with Arkansas sophomore Matt Young second in 4:09.66.
The Razorbacks capped the meet by the men winning the 1,600 relay in 3:10.07, and the women winning in 3:46.58.
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