Keia Pinnick finished third in the pentathlon at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Indoor Track & Field Championships at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle, Washington on Friday night. Pinnick, a true freshman, scored 3,753 points to provisionally qualify for nationals with the school’s second-best total of all-time
|01/29/10||Jack Jennett Invitational||Indoor Pentathlon||F||2640|
|01/29/10||Jack Jennett Invitational||Long Jump||F||4.70m|
|01/29/10||Jack Jennett Invitational||60m H||F||10.21|
|01/29/10||Jack Jennett Invitational||Shot Put||F||8.24m|
|01/29/10||Jack Jennett Invitational||High Jump||F||1.51m|
|01/29/10||Jack Jennett Invitational||800m||F||2:52.22|
Courtesy: Molly O’Mara, Athletic Media Relations
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The distance medley relay, junior Miranda Walker and freshman Leah Orley competed for No. 17 Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field on day one of the Texas A&M SEC-Big 12-PAC-10 Challenge in College Station, Texas on Friday.
“Considering the travel circumstances we have been dealing with, I thought our team responded with a lot of class,” head coach Lance Harter said. “They had every excuse in the book to give up and shut it down but they didn’t and they fought really well. For the DMR, I think 11:15 will make it into the NCAA meet but we are going to run it again in New York next weekend. Miranda Walker had a solid PR in the 5K and it was good to see her back on the track and racing.”
In the distance medley relay, sophomore Samantha Learch, junior Shelise Williams, freshman Stephanie Brown and sophomore Kristen Gillespie combined for a time of 11:15.70 and a second-place finish.
Learch led off with a 1,200-meter split of 3:29.45. Williams followed with a quarter-mile split of 52.69. Brown’s 800 meters was clocked at 2:07.62 and Gillespie anchored with a 4:45.96 mile.
Oregon won the race with an NCAA auto qualifier and NCAA leader of 10:59.64.
Junior Miranda Walker made her 2010 debut in the 5,000 meters Friday night. She finished fourth with a personal-best time of 17:00.76. Her time ranks No. 1 in the SEC and No. 6 in the NCAA.
Freshman Leah Orley finished fourth in the pentathlon with 3,594 points. She recorded marks of 9.17 in the 60-meter hurdles, 5-3.25 in the high jump, 33-10 in the shot put, 16-8.5 in the long jump and 2:18.96 for 800 meters. Orley’s high jump is a personal best and she won the pentathlon 800 meters for the second time in as many weeks.
Events will continue at the Texas A&M SEC-Big 12-PAC-10 Challenge on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. For continued coverage of Razorback track and field, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
“Leah is really going to be a contender in the pentathlon and the heptathlon, in the SEC and the NCAA,” head coach Lance Harter said. “In her first collegiate multi, she did a great job and showed some toughness. She ran a 2:17 alone and that was impressive. Our 200-meter runners had a solid outing. Shelise Williams has really matured in her racing and it’s showing on the track. We have some important middle distance events tomorrow and the pole vault, so we are looking for some big marks out of those events.”
Orley won her first collegiate pentathlon with 3,666 points. Her score leads the SEC and ranks No. 4 in the NCAA. She was just off the NCAA provisional point total of 3,725. She recorded marks of 9.07 in the 60-meter hurdles, 5-2.5 in the high jump, 34-5.75 in the shot put, 17-2.75 in the long jump and finished with a clocking of 2:17.65 in the 800 meters.