94th Texas Relays kicks off outdoor season for Razorbacks
AUSTIN, Texas – Part of the Razorback team will open the outdoor season at 94and The Texas Relays were held at Mike A. Myers Stadium Thursday through Saturday March 24-26.
Arkansas sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers are entered in the competition which includes many elite fields. The Razorbacks must also contest the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
“We’re looking forward to the Texas Relays, traditionally that’s our outdoor season opener,” Arkansas associate head coach Chris Johnson said. “We’re going to run a few stints and try to do a few individual things. It’s been a little chilly here, so getting there in good weather and being able to sprint outside is a must.
Live results will be available via pttiming.com at the following link: https://relays.texassports.com/.
Live Texas Relays coverage will be available on the Longhorn Network at the following times:
Arkansas has recorded four wins in 2021 at the Texas Relays, winning the 100m (Tiana Wilson, 11.12), 400 (Paris Peoples, 51.67), pole vault (Nastassja Campbell, 14-9.5) and relay 4 × 400 with a 3:26.63 from a quartet of Peoples, Kethlin Campbell, Morgan Burks-Magee and Shafiqua Maloney.
“It’s a great event and being from Texas, we can be a little biased, and we think it’s one of the best relay meets in the country,” Johnson said of his time in the Texas relays. . “The weather is good, the athletes and performances are always excellent and the atmosphere is fantastic.
“Then you add the dimension of high school teams and the recruiting element to it. Texas is a great track state and Arkansas lets those Texas kids see what we are capable of. They get a first-hand look at the Razorbacks competing in the Texas Relays. Sometimes it’s rare to do that at a big high school meet. We recruit hard in Texas and have a lot of Texas kids on our team.
In addition to being the defending Sanya Richards-Ross Invitational 4×400 champion, the Razorbacks wander the Texas Relays as current world leaders since setting their college indoor record of 3:24.09 winning the title. SEC Indoor. The impressive mark even bettered the Arkansas Outdoor School record by 3:25.48.
Baylor, Duke, Florida, Kansas, LSU, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech join the Razorbacks in the Invitational 4×400 relay.
“We’re in the Sanya Richards-Ross Invitational section of the 4×400, so we’ll try to field a really good team to compete for the win there,” Johnson noted. “Last year seems like a long time in terms of defending champions. To win the Texas Relays, being a Texan myself, it’s always good to go home and win. This weekend will be the start of the development of what we are trying to accomplish in the outdoor season.
“It was great for Arkansas to be recognized as the world leader at the recent World Indoor Championships. It’s a testament to the girls and the performance they put on at the SEC Indoor meet. from a conference meet, you don’t really expect to set a collegiate record, be a world leader in a world indoor year, and maintain the lead of the world throughout the indoor season. up a university is something special and it’s a moment in time that you can always appreciate.”
Thursday’s competition will include the pole vault at 2:30 p.m. as well as the 400m hurdles preliminaries at 4:30 p.m. The 800m invitational race, scheduled for 7:05 p.m., will be Quinn Owen with Razorback alum Shafiqua Maloney in his first post-collegiate race.
A trio of registered Razorback jumpers includes Kaitlyn Banas, Amanda Fassold and Mackenzie Hayward. Fassold will debut in a Razorback uniform after competing untethered during the indoor season after transferring from Azusa Pacific. Fassold improved his career best to 14-5.5 (4.41) indoors.
After Britton Wilson’s impressive indoor season in the 400m, which notably broke the UA record with a 50.88 as an indoor SEC Finals runner-up, she is moving on to the 400m hurdles outdoors.
Wilson’s collegiate best time in the 400m hurdles is 58.68 to win the event at the 2021 Tennessee Relays while a member of the Tennessee program. In high school, she posted a career high of 56.36.
“Individually, Britton Wilson will make his debut in the 400m hurdles,” Johnson said. “She had a fantastic indoor season in the open 400m. This will be her first hurdle race in a year, but I think the strength and speed she’s been able to add since she’s been here will help a lot.
“Obviously speed is kind of a barrier because there’s a barrier in play, and she’ll have to negotiate the barrier and clean up some technical aspects of the race. We’ve done a bit of work here. I think in us opening, we’re not going to have high expectations, we want to finish the race clean, get to the final, try to have two strong runs and go from there.
Races begin at 9:35 a.m. Friday morning with the 4×100 relay preliminaries, which will be followed by the 100m hurdles and 100m preliminaries.
Arkansas’ 100m hurdles team includes Jayla Hollis and Joveinny Mota, while Jada Baylark and Joanne Reid are competing in the 100m. Mota represented Venezuela last weekend at the World Indoor Championships in Athletics where she improved her national record in the 60m hurdles with times of 8.05 and 7.99 before scoring 8.05 again in the final to place fifth.
Friday night events, starting at 5:30 p.m., include the invitational 400m hurdles, which features volunteer Razorback Shamier Little, as well as the college division final. Last season, Little produced a career-best 52.39 in the 400m hurdles, fourth-best in the world for 2021.
The 4×100 and 4×400 relay finals will take place on Saturday as well as the 100m hurdles and 100m finals.
A few Razorbacks will also be competing in the Texas State Bobcat Invitational this weekend in San Marcos, Texas. The group includes Sydney Billington (high jump), Alexis Torns (triple jump), Grace Ridgeway (pole vault) and Bailee McCorkle (pole vault).
Texas Relay | Arkansas Timetable
Thursday | March 24
|2:30 p.m.||Pole vault – Kaitlyn Banas, Amanda Fassold, Mackenzie Hayward|
|4:30 p.m.||400H –Britton Wilson|
|7:05 p.m.||800m invitational – Quinn Owen, Shafiqua Maloney (unat)|
friday | March 25
|9:35 a.m.||Relay 4×100 – Jada Baylark, Joanne Reid, Jayla Hollis, Daszay Freeman, Rosie Effiong, Yoveinny Mota|
|10:15 a.m.||100m hurdles – Jayla Hollis, Yoveinny Mota|
|10:45 a.m.||100m – Jada Baylark, Joanne Reid|
|5:30 p.m.||400m hurdles by invitation – Shamier Little (adidas)|
saturday | March 26
|1:35 p.m.||Relay 4×100 – Jada Baylark, Joanne Reid, Jayla Hollis, Daszay Freeman, Rosie Effiong, Yoveinny Mota|
|2:20 p.m.||100m hurdles FINAL – Jayla Hollis, Yoveinny Mota|
|3:15 p.m.||100m FINAL – Jada Baylark, Joanne Reid|
|4:55 p.m.||Relay 4×400 Invitational – Rosey Effiong, Jayla Hollis, Paris Peoples, Britton Wilson|