EUGENE, Oregon –The No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks face off at Hayward Field Thursday and Saturday in this week’s NCAA Championships with 12 athletes from 14 entries. Thursday will feature a pair of key finals in the pole vault and 10,000m.
Arkansas has three Razorbacks in the pole vault, which starts at 6 p.m. (PT) and a pair in the 10k, which starts at 8:08 p.m. (PT).
The UA pole vault representatives are Oregon native Amanda Fassold, MacKenzie Hayward and Bailee McCorkle. The 25-lap races in the 10,000m are Lauren Gregory and Isabel Van Camp.
This is the third consecutive NCAA outdoor championships for the Razorbacks to advance three outfielders to the Finals and the seventh time since 2009.
“This will be Amanda’s first national championship at the Division 1 level, and she’s done a great job so far,” Arkansas women’s head coach Lance Harter said. “The potential she has on the road is phenomenal. Coach Compton thinks she’s the next big thing.
“Mackenzie and Bailee have both been at this level before but it’s a tough place to jump. It’s a nice setup but because of the design the wind swirls around a bit. This can affect big jumpers.
Semi-final races for Arkansas include Krissy Gear in the 1,500m, Logan Jolly in the 3,000m steeplechase, Yoveinny Mota in the 100m hurdles, Jada Baylark in the 100m, the Morgan Burks-Magee tandem and Rosey Effiong in the 400 m, Britton Wilson in the 400m hurdles, and the 4 x 400 relay.
The four members of the Razorbacks collegiate record set in the 4 x 1,500m relay at the Penn Relays Carnival qualified in an individual event this weekend.
“I think the Penn Relays turned out to be a very positive experience and confirmation that these kids are really special to break the collegiate record as a unit. As a foursome, there’s a lot of confidence and positive momentum before the competition this weekend.
“For Isabel (5000m), this will be her first experience at nationals in an individual event and she is super excited. Krissy is a regular at the NCAA meet and she has very ambitious goals, as does Lauren, who doubles in the 5k and 10k. Logan is super excited about the steeplechase.
Recent Form Chart Predictions by Athletics News favor Wilson to win the 400m hurdles and Gregory to win the 10,000m. Wilson, the 2022 SEC Outdoor Runner of the Year, enters the competition as the current collegiate leader in the 400m hurdles with a performance of 53.75, which served as the world’s best time. Gregory impressed with his 10k debut clocking 32:34.21 to win the Stanford Invitational.
Razorback scorers in the form chart include Fassold, fourth in the pole vault; Gear, fourth in the 1,500m; Jolly, fifth in the steeplechase; Gregory, fourth in the 5,000m; Effiong, eighth in the 400m; and the fourth relay 4 x 400.
ESPN stream | NCAA Championships | Thursday | June 9 | CT list
7:30 p.m. Women’s Day 1
8 p.m. Women’s Pole Vault