Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Gym'Backs win Denver quad
Arkansas' Sarah Shaffer competes Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in the bars portion of the Razorbacks' match with Ohio State in Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville.
The University of Arkansas, trailing host Denver and Oregon State heading into the final rotation, turned in a school-record 49.5 on the vault to win a quad meet with a 196.975 on Sunday at Magness Arena in Denver.
The No. 18 Razorbacks (6-9) won their first road meet of the season heading into the SEC championships on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.
Oregon State placed second with a 196.875, while Denver finished third at 196.8 and Nebraska was fourth 195.75.
The senior quartet of Amanda Elswick, Kennedy Hambrick, Sarah Shaffer and Savannah Pennese all posted 9.925s on the vault to place third in the event. The scores were career highs for Elswick and Pennese. Freshman Leah Smith had the final counting score of 9.8 on the event.
Arkansas also had a four-way tie for third on the floor exercise, with Hambrick, senior Bailey Lovett, and freshmen Maddie Jones and Smith all posting 9.875s.
The Razorbacks posted 49s or better on all four events, adding a 49.35 on the floor, a 49.075 on the bars and a 49.05 on the balance beam.
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