NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Coming off a successful season opener at home, the No. 2 Arkansas women’s track and field team will continue its 2017 campaign on the road this weekend in Nashville at the Vanderbilt Invitational. The two-day meet set for Jan. 20-21will provide the Razorbacks with a preview of the Commodores’ new facility which will host the 2017 Southeastern Conference Championship at the end of February.
Date/Time: Friday, Jan. 20 / 4 p.m. CT | Saturday, Jan. 21 / 10 a.m. CT
Teams: Arizona, Arkansas, UConn, Furman, Georgia Tech, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Samford, South Alabama, South Carolina, Southern Illinois, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee State, UAB, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky
Venue: Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility
Preparing for the postseason through each meet, Arkansas will set out to divide and conquer several events this weekend in the Music City. Among the most loaded races, the 200-meter dash will feature five Razorbacks toeing the start line while eight Razorbacks, including NCAA top-five milers Therese Haiss and Nikki Hiltz, will be in the hunt for an exceptional performance in the 3,000.
Also ranked among the NCAA’s best in their event, Desiree Freier and Tori Weeks will headline the pole vault, sharing the runway with Carol Carmichael, formerly of Memphis, who enters with a lifetime PR of 4.50m/14-9.
Arkansas will begin action at 4 p.m. on Friday with the women’s high jump, which will see combined events specialist Taliyah Brooks in search of another strong showcase in the jumps following last week’s record-breaking long jump effort. Brooks will be joined in the event by Oregon transfer Ashlee Moore, making her debut for the Razorbacks, as well as resident high jumper Carmen Sitz.