Razorbacks begin outdoor campaign at Texas Relays


AUSTIN, Texas – The 93rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays will be a little different from previous versions of the famous event, as the covid protocol streamlined the procedures this weekend for the visit of the Razorback women’s team. An abbreviated competition schedule begins Thursday, March 25 and ends Saturday, March 27 at Mike Myers Stadium.

Live broadcasts of the three-day meet are available through the Longhorn Network and the ESPN app:

Live results will be available online: https://pttiming.com/event.php?mid=37&pt=schedule

A traditional four-day meet, the Texas Relays will not include a secondary division this year. Relay races will be limited to 4 × 100 and 4 × 400 at the college level while the 200m and 400m races will be held instead.

After hosting seven collegiate meetings during the indoor season, including the SEC and NCAA Championships, this is the first road trip of the year for the Razorback track team.

“We can’t wait to leave the state of Arkansas for a change,” said Razorback women’s associate head coach Chris Johnson. “Obviously, indoors, we were here all the time. With our traditional schedule, we open the outdoor season with the Texas Relays.

“So we really can’t wait to be there and they are always gracious hosts. They provide an opportunity and an atmosphere for us to do something about our inaugural weekend for the outdoor season. “

This weekend marks the first outdoor meeting for the Razorbacks since winning the NCAA Championship Tag Team title at Myers Stadium in June 2019.

“We had a great experience in Texas during the 2019 season, and this was our last outdoor encounter,” Johnson noted. “So we can’t wait to start where we left off in this place. If we can have a season as good as 2019, everyone will be excited, especially Hog Nation. We can’t wait to get started and I hope we can bounce back from that mojo we had in 2019. ”

The Arkansas women’s team will have mostly sprinters, hurdles and vaulters competing this weekend, while also including G’Auna Edwards in the heptathlon and Carina Viljoen in a pair of races, 800m and 1500m.

Competing Razorback outfitters include Nastassja Campbell, Mackenzie Hayward, Lauren Martinez and Bailee McCorkle.

Arkansas sprinters and hurdlers include Jada Baylark (100, 200), Morgan Burks-Magee (400), Kethlin Campbell (200), Daszay Freeman (100 hurdles), Jayla Hollis (200, 100 hurdles), Shafiqua Maloney (400), Yoveinny Mota (100 hurdles), Paris Peoples (400) and Tiana Wilson (100, 200).

“Having individual events outside of the 100 and 100 hurdles is fantastic,” Johnson said of the 2021 Texas Relays schedule. “Relays are great, obviously, but that kind of takes away from individual performances. This year, with the size of the NCAA region reduced from 48 to 32, giving us an extra week to focus on individual events is exciting and much needed in this climate. “

The Razorbacks will race in the Invitational division of the 4 × 100 and 4 × 400 relays. The field for the sprint relay includes Baylor, Houston, LSU, North Carolina A&T, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UNLV. In the 4 × 400 relay, the field includes Baylor, Houston, Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

“The addition of the 4 × 100 relay for the outdoor season is exciting and we have to get the right pieces with the ability to move the stick around the track,” Johnson said. “So it’s a challenge, but we’re excited about this challenge.

“In the 4 × 400, we have a lot of moving parts and different scenarios that we can set up, which is good from a depth perspective. We’re going to open up and see what order we want to run, what bodies we want to lead, and see what’s best for the team.

Professional Razorbacks also participate in various events to open their outdoor campaign. The group includes Taliyah Brooks (heptathlon), Janeek Brown (200m, 100m hurdles), Sparkle McKnight (400m hurdles), Sandi Morris (pole vault), Kiara Parker (100m) as well as Shamier Little (400m), who’s trains with Coach Johnson in Fayetteville.

Texas Relays Tickets

Tickets for the 93rd Texas Relays are available at the following website: https://bit.ly/3tLjN8I

Fans are encouraged to do their part by wearing face covers – even if they have been previously vaccinated – and conscientiously practicing physical / social distancing, washing their hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, and entering Gate 1 at the northeast corner of Myers Stadium. All fans must keep a safe distance between their group and other fans inside and outside the stadium.

Health and safety measures for fans: https://texassports.com/news/2021/3/12/texas-athletics-announces-safety-measures-for-2021-clyde-littlefield-texas-relays.aspx

Texas Relay Schedule | Arkansas appetizers

Thursday
10:00 a.m. heptathlon G’Auna Edwards, Taliyah Brooks (Asics)
4:00 p.m. 400m Morgan Burks-Magee, Shafiqua Maloney, Paris Peoples
6:00 p.m. 200m Jada Baylark, Kethlin Campbell, Jayla Hollis, Tiana Wilson
7:20 p.m. 1500 Section A Carina Viljoen
Friday
10:30 heptathlon G’Auna Edwards, Taliyah Brooks (Asics)
~ 2 p.m. 100m hurdles Daszay Freeman, Jayla Hollis, Yoveinny Mota
~ 2:30 p.m. 100m Jada Baylark, Tiana Wilson
4:00 p.m. Pole vault Nastassja Campbell, Mackenzie Hayward, Lauren Martinez, Bailee McCorkle
Saturday
2:00 p.m. Pole Vault Elite Sandi Morris (Puma) [may also include current Arkansas vaulters]
2:03 p.m. Relay 4 × 100 Arkansas
2:15 p.m. 100m hurdles qualifiers for the preliminaries
2:20 p.m. 100H Inv Janeek Brown (Puma)
2:35 p.m. 100m qualifiers for the preliminaries
2:40 p.m. 100m Inv Kiara Parker (Asics)
2:50 p.m. 800m Carina Viljoen
3:15 p.m. 400m qualifiers for the preliminaries
3:20 p.m. 400m Inv Shamier Little (adidas)
3:35 p.m. 400H Inv Sparkle McKnight (Trinidad and Tobago)
15:55 200m qualifiers for the preliminaries
4:00 p.m. 200m Inv Janeek Brown (Puma)
~ 5:10 p.m. Relay 4 × 400 Arkansas
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