FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — No. 4 Arkansas wrapped competition at the Tyson Invitational on Saturday with a win at 3,000 meters from Grace Heymsfield and a handful of season-best performances, including a runner-up finish in the 4×400 meter relay. The Razorbacks finished the weekend with three victories, one from Heymsfield on Saturday and Friday’s wins from Regina George and Shannon Klenke.
The Razorbacks saw their school record at 400 meters fall at the hands of George on Friday. With her time of 51.67, she also posted a world-leading mark in the event. The Razorbacks also picked up a win from Klenke at 5,000 meters.
on Saturday, running in the invitational section of the 3,000 meters, Heymsfield ran to the front of the pack along with Laura Carleton of LSU but pulled over the final laps of the race to win the event in a time of 9:12.25. Based on times entering the weekend, that is a top-10 national mark. With Saturday’s performance, Carleton also moved into third place on the program’s all-time list in the event. Heymsfield took more than 25 seconds off her previous-best time with the time.
Saturday’s race was another near miss at breaking a school record for Heymsfield. She finished less than two seconds off the school mark of 9:10.62 set by Christine Kalmer in 2007. Earlier this season, Heymsfield posted a mile time of 4:35.44, less than a second off the school record of 4:34.49 set by Kristen Gillespie last season.
“Both of those times this year are such big PRs for me that I can’t really be too disappointed with being that close or missing the school records,” Heymsfield said. “Those times are more encouraging than anything else. I’m feeling stronger and stronger with each race which is awesome, and I’m really excited about the conference meet coming up.”
Arkansas’ 4×400 meter relay team put together a season-best performance in Saturday’s final event on the track. The quartet of George, Gwendolyn Flowers, Sparkle McKnight and Martine Borge combined for a time of 3:31.78, more than three seconds faster than the Razorbacks’ previous best this year. The time also represents the third fastest in program history and the No. 3 time in the NCAA this season. The top-three relay teams in the nation—Arkansas, Florida and Texas—are now separated by less than a second.
Makeba Alcide continued her national emergence in the high jump on Saturday with a second-place finish in the invitational section of the event. Alcide finished the day with a final clearance of 1.88m/6-2. She set the school record of 6-2.25 two weeks ago at the Razorback Team Invitational during the pentathlon. Teammate Kirsten Hesseltine finished fourth in the event with three unsuccessful attempts at a would-be personal best.
Competing Friday at the Husky Classic in Seattle, distance specialists Diane Robison and Dominique Scott posted personal-best performances in the invitational section of the 5,000 meters. Robison finished eighth in the race with a time of 15:59.86, moving into fourth place on the program’s all-time list in the event. Scott established a lifetime best of her own with a time of 16:03.13, good for 11th place and more than 50 seconds better than her previous best.