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Sutej wins second Texas Relays title

03/31/2012
Zach Lawson, Athletic Media Relations
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FAYETTEVILLE - In dual efforts, the No. 5 University of Arkansas women's track and field team totaled three wins Saturday between the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays and the Arkansas Spring Invitational in Fayetteville. In Austin, Tina Sutej jumped to her second consecutive pole vault title at the Texas Relays in a meet-record performance. At the outdoor home opener, the Razorbacks posted a pair of wins in the open and seeded sections of the 1,500 meters.

"We had an outstanding opener," head coach Lance Harter said. "This weekend has been a better open than we've ever had before. Obviously, you look at Tina and the day she had at Texas Relays with a meet record. Across the board in Austin, we really didn't' have any missteps. Here in Fayetteville, we had everyone mostly running off events. We had a couple of big personal bests in the 1,500 and 800 meters."

Sutej successfully defended her Texas Relays title in the pole vault with a meet-record clearance of 4.55m/14-11. With the win, she becomes the second women in Texas Relays history to win back-to-back pole vault titles (Becky Holiday, Oregon, 2003-04). Sutej also takes the lead on the collegiate performance list for the 2012 outdoor season. She has won all seven events entered this year, dating back to the start of the indoor season.

The win by Sutej gives Arkansas its 18th Texas Relays title in program history. The Razorbacks have won the last three pole vault titles at Texas Relays, dating back to Katie Stripling's win in 2010. Tara Diebold finished ninth Saturday with a final mark of 4.15m/13-7.25, the second-best clearance of her career.

The Razorbacks' win on their home track came from Grace Heymsfield and Diane Robison. Running in the seeded section of the 1,500 meters, Heysmfield ran to a victory with a personal-best time of 4:25.47. She knocked more than 10 seconds off her previous best in the event which she ran at last season's Arkansas Spring Invitational. Robison posted the first win of the day in Fayetteville with her first-place effort in the open 1,500 meters. In her outdoor debut for the Razorbacks, she posted a time of 4:31.85.

In the second section of the 4x200-meter relay timed final at the Texas Relays, the Razorback quartet of Gwendolyn Flowers, Tiffany Hines, Regina George and Whitney Jones combined for a fourth-place finish in a school-record time of 1:33.04. The performance surpassed the previous school mark of 1:33.23 set in 2007 by Lakeisha Martin, Tominique Boatright, Sasha Rolle and Jessica Cousins at Drake Relays.

The same foursome returned to the track for a seventh-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay. Arkansas crossed the line in a time of 44.87. The Razorbacks closed out the four-day competition with a fifth-place showing in the 4x400-meter relay. Jones, George, Flower and Chrishuna Williams ran to a time of 3:34.15, an improvement on the team's season-opening time of 3:34.90 in Friday's preliminary round.

In the first final of the day for the Razorbacks in Austin, Brittany Hyter finished in sixth place in the 400-meter hurdles. She crossed the line in a time of 59.25, an improvement on her qualifying time of 59.57 run during Thursday's preliminary heats. Ivanique Kemp clocked a time of 13.44 in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles to finish in eighth place.

The Razorbacks are scheduled to spend the next two weekends on the road with the Stanford Invitational (April 6-7) in Palo Alto, Calif., and the UTEP Invitational (April 14) in El Paso, Texas. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

Saturday Results

85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
100m Hurdles (final)
8. Ivanique Kemp - 13.44

400m Hurdles (final)
6. Brittany Hyter - 59.25

4x100m (final)
7. Flowers/R. George/Jones/Hines - 44.87

4x200m (final)
4. Flowers/Hines/R. George/Jones - 1:33.04%

4x400m (final)
5. Jones/R. George/Williams/Flowers - 3:34.15

Pole Vault ('A' section)
1. Tina Sutej - 4.55m/14-11#
9. Tara Diebold - 4.15m/13-7.25

Arkansas Spring Invitational
100m
11. Shekara Boakye - 12.10
23. Alexa Vessell - 12.96

200m
46. Alexa Vessell - 27.09

400m
3. Martine Borge - 54.96
10. Bethany Hyter - 57.95

800m (seeded section)
2. Keri Wood - 2:09.57 

1,500m (seeded section)
1. Grace Heymsfield - 4:25.47
5. Dominique Scott - 4:30.14

1,500m
1. Diane Robison - 4:31.85

3,000m
3. Cali George - 9:56.34
5. Shannon Klenke - 10:05.88

Long Jump
13. Amalie Skage - 5.21m/17-1.25

High Jump
12. Kirsten Hesseltine - 1.62m/5-3.75
17. Chelsey Roberts - 1.55m/5-1

Pole Vault
13. Megan Weller - 3.50m/11-5.75

% - school record || # - Texas Relays record


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