The University of Central Arkansas men’s and women’s track programs opened the 2016-17 indoor season with a successful weekend at Arkansas State’s Convocation Center in Jonesboro.
The Bears and Sugar Bears registered 15 personal records, including two school records, tied one school record and more than a dozen program Top 10 performances.
In the women’s pole vault, freshman Olivia Groeber and senior Sara Calhoun both cleared a school-record 3.45 meters (11-3.75), with Groeber finishing fourth and Calhoun fifth on misses.
UCA junior Eric Moore won the men’s high jump with a jump of 2.11 meters (6-11), with junior Takudzw Muchichwa getting third at 2.06 meters.
Other first-place finishes for UCA were junior Julien Jeandree in the men’s 3,000 meters in a time of 8:37.92, a Top 10 mark in school history, and sophomore Brock Collins in the 5,000 meters in a time of 15:24.77, leading a 1-4 finish by the Bears (Jaron Hamilton, Bill Kemboi and Brant Cook).
UCA’s men also won the distance medley, with Markus Schweikert, Daniel Lawson, Jared Hamilton and Jeandree finishing in a time of 10:28.15, the sixth-best time in school history. Freshman Zackary Jewell was third in the long jump at 7.0 meters (22.11.75) and also finished fourth in the 200 meters (22.11) and third in the 55 meters (6.39).
Junior Daniel Lawson finished second in the 400 meters in a time of 50:34, while Cook was second in the 800 meters in a time of 1:57.94. Freshman Zak Britton finished fourth in the heptathlon with 4,120 points.
On the women’s side, senior Samanthan Gibson finished second in the high jump at 1.63 meters (5-4.25), while sophomore Hannah Noble was third (1.58m). Gibson was also second in the 800 meters in a time of 2:20.09, with freshman Olivia Groeber getting fourth (2:22.78). Junior Jasmine Richard finished third in the 400 meters in a time of 59:19, while senior Sophia Ramirez finished third in the triple jump at 11.24 meters (36-10.5).
UCA’s 4x400 team of Victoria Campfield, SheBria Byrd, Richard and Samantha Ellis finished second in a time of 4:01.19. Freshman Erin Woodward finished fourth in the mile run (5:24.27).
Freshman Ajah Criner finished fourth in the 55-meters (7.32) and sophomore Logan Morton was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.84). Senior Hadley Swanson finished fourth in the pentathlon with 2,485 points.
The Hendrix College track and field team broke four school records at the Arkansas State Kickoff Klassic.
The Warriors competed against NCAA Division I and II teams Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Little Rock, Christian Brothers and Harding.
Freshman Josh Williams broke the 200-meter dash in 22.89 seconds, placing 13th, besting Carlton Leding’s old mark by nearly a second. Williams also finished eighth in the 400 in 52.16 seconds, topping Matt Ramirez’ time by almost three seconds.
Williams, Zech Montgomery, Sam Byrd and Marshall Nichol also had a time of 3:45.53 in the 4x400 relay, finishing ninth, and beating the three-year old record by more than a second.
For the women, freshman Ashton Sitkowski cleared the high jump of 1.58 meters (5 ft.-2.25 in.), breaking All-American Elizabeth Krug’s set in 2013 by half an inch.