FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Following an array of stellar performances to open the 2021 season, the Razorbacks are ready to face an elite degree of competitors in Friday’s Wooo Pig Traditional within the Randal Tyson Observe Middle.
Arkansas will host Kentucky, LSU, Oklahoma State, Southern California, and Texas in a scored meet. Discipline occasions start at 11:30 a.m. whereas working occasions begin at 2 p.m.
A reside stream by way of SEC Community+ on the ESPN app begins at 2 p.m. and reside outcomes can be found by way of Flashresults.com (https://bit.ly/39OLXHG).
“We had been actually happy how we obtained by way of the preliminary competitors this final Saturday,” remarked Arkansas ladies’s head coach Lance Harter. “The youngsters had been tremendous excited for the chance to get a race in after a 10-month layoff.
“This week, if you happen to compete in one thing that’s ballistic by nature, the sprints are loaded with the groups competing right here. We could have a few of the finest dash groups in the USA. Our ballistic occasions are going to be merely excellent, and we will certainly have our arms full.”
Elite degree showdowns await within the sprints and hurdles. The 60m could have 5 sprinters with finest instances below 7.30, headlined by Julien Alfred of Texas, who swept 2020 Huge 12 titles within the 60m and 200m. Representing the Razorbacks are Tiana Wilson, who set a profession finest 7.34 final week, and Jada Baylark.
LSU’s Symone Mason, 2020 SEC bronze medalist, leads the 200m entrants with 5 sprinters below 23.35. Arkansas’ crew of six sprinters is led by Jayla Hollis, who set a profession better of 23.31 in sporting a pair of victories in her Razorback debut final week to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
The 60m hurdles consists of the present collegiate chief in LSU’s Milan Younger at 8.17 whereas her Tiger teammate, Alia Armstrong, posted a 7.95 on the Tyson Observe final season. Challengers embody USC’s Mecca McGlaston and Kentucky’s Masai Russell.
Razorback Daszay Freeman, fourth within the 2020 SEC Indoor, is scheduled to race within the hurdles for the primary time this season and will likely be joined by teammates Hollis, Yoveinney Mota and G’Auna Edwards, who’s the highest entrant within the lengthy leap.
“Anybody who wins a race within the ballistic occasions goes to should knock off a number of All-People to seize first place,” famous Harter. “I do know it’s early within the season, however there’s going to be a conflict of titans this week.”
The expertise within the 400m will serve two occasions because the 4×400 relay presents potential for fireworks to shut out the meet. Setting a meet file of three:34.79 within the Arkansas Invitational, the Razorbacks are the present world leaders whereas Kentucky and Texas observe with instances of three:35.52 and three:35.98, respectively.
USC’s duo of Bailey Lear and Kaelin Roberts have two of the highest thrice amongst entrants within the 400m and can face a problem from Kennedy Simon of Texas and Kentucky’s Alexis Holmes.
The Arkansas trio within the occasion consists of Paris Peoples, Morgan Burks-Magee, and Rosey Effiong, three legs of the Razorbacks 4×400 relay final week.
“The mile relay is perhaps one of many characteristic races of the meet,” acknowledged Harter. “In wanting on the entries there’s going to be a crew of All-People within the second part as we solely run 4 groups within the quick part. Everyone is loaded in that occasion and it may very well be a preview of the ultimate on the nationwide championship with those self same groups going head-to-head.”
LSU’s Lisa Gunnarsson, 2020 SEC Indoor champion, will provide a take a look at for the Razorback pole vault crew as she has already cleared 14-10 (4.55) this season. Nastassja Campbell, who received the Arkansas Invitational, leads the UA squad of seven vaulters together with Bailee McCorkle and Elien Vekemans.
“A few of the distances will likely be set as much as be actually quick for us and we’ll sit up for that problem,” stated Harter. “The three,000m goes to be excellent.”
For the three,000m, the Razorbacks enter a really gifted lineup of Katie Izzo, Taylor Ewert, Krissy Gear, Abby Grey, Lauren Gregory, Logan Morris, and Gracie Hyde. Izzo received the three,000m title on the 2020 SEC Indoor and produced the second quickest time at school historical past final season.
Arkansas could have eight entries within the mile with Kennedy Thomson main the group after she set a profession finest in profitable the 1,000m final week. Challengers embody the Oklahoma State combo of Taylor Roe and Gabby Hentemann.
The 800m presents an fascinating tussle for Razorback Shafiqua Maloney, who received the 800m final week, amongst USC’s Alyssa Brewer and Oklahoma State’s Gabija Galvydyte.