FAYETTEVILLE — Identical pole vaulting twins Lexi Weeks (Jacobus) and Tori Weeks (Hoggard) of Cabot placed a customary 1-2 for the Arkansas Razorbacks women in last Friday’s pole vault while the former Payton Stumbaugh (now Chadwick) clocked, 22.99 tied the second-best ever Arkansas’ women’s 200-meter dash time ever and second in the world for 2018 at the Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track.
Recently married to former Razorbacks’ baseball relief pitcher Cannon Chadwick, her heat-winning 22.99 tied the Arkansas second-best 200-meter dash run by U.S. Olympian Taylor Ellis-Watson in 2016 behind at Arkansas only to the 22.43 run in 2002 by Jamaican multi-times Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown.
Springdale Har-Ber alum Chadwick’s 22.99 is second in the world for 2018 only to Georgia renowned freshman Lynna Irby winning her Friday night heat and the event in 22.96.
Chadwick, a former heptathlete become sprinter-hurdler-long jumper, enters the 60-meter hurdles today.
“That was a blazing 200,” Arkansas Women’s Head Coach Lance Harter said of Chadwick, a junior who originally ran for the Oklahoma Sooners before transferring in 2016 to Arkansas. “That was icing on the cake. And with that type of leg speed I’m excited to see her run the hurdles.”
Now Lexi Jacobus and Tori Hoggard since each got married last summer, Jacobus, a 2016 U.S Olympian and former NCAA Indoor and Outdoor champion in 2016, took the 2018 nationally leading pole vault lead clearing 15-1 1-2 to win Friday’s competition with Hoggard, the winner in Arkansas’ season opening Arkansas Invitational meet two weeks ago here, clearing 14-4 1-4 for second place.
“The vaulters did a great job, Harter said. “Lexi took the national lead and had good (but not clearing) jumps at the next bar (15-7) which I think was at the indoor collegiate record, and Tori I think duplicated what she jumped last week. Desiree Freier went to 13-11 (for third) and Ellie (Elizabeth Ramos Mata) our new little freshman, cleared 13-3 which is a new PR (personal record) for her.”
Jacobus missed the season’s first meet with a sore hamstring then cleared 14-1 last week in the quadrangular meet at Michigan that Hoggard won at 14-4. Jacobus so soared Friday that women’s vault coach Bryan Compton upped her attempts from 15-1 1-2 to 15-7 with no bars in between.
“It was a big jump,” Jacobus said. “But at that point, I’d already taken so many jumps starting at 13-3. So with all those progressions, if you have a chance to go for the record.
My first one (at 15-7) was definitely my best shot.”
Arkansas All-American and reigning SEC Women’s Indoor pentathlon champion Taliyah Brooks won Friday’s event. For the pentathlon’s 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800-meter run; Brooks accumulated a nationally leading 4,395 points to 4,253 for second place Louisa Grauvogel of Georgia.
“Brooks had a fantastic pentathlon going for the first four events,” Harter said. “The fifth, the 800, (way off form at 2:28.58) they figured she might not have eaten enough during the course of the entire day because her blood sugar levels were really low. But she had a PR (8.09) in the hurdles and came back with a 5-10 high jump and great jumps at 6-feet and a PR in the shot and long jumped 20-7. She’s a 2:15 to 2:18 half-miler. Obviously that didn’t happen today but she still has the national lead. And probably second is the Georgia girl.”
Against an elite field on Saturday, including Florida Gators Benjamin Vedel and Knule Fasasio and Texas A&M’s Mylik Kerley, Arkansas Razorbacks junior Obi Igbokwe of The Woodlands, Texas opened the second and final day of the Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track not only winning the men’s 400-meter dash but did so in a personal record 45.72, the best time in the NCAA for 2018 and second best in the world for this indoor season.
In Saturday’s women’s competition, Arkansas’ Devin Clark, injured through the 2017 indoor and outdoor track seasons, won the 3,000 in 9:28.14, 11 seconds ahead of Ole Miss runner-up Anna Braswell.
Arkansas Coach Lance Harter’s women outscored its opposition tallying 118 points to 82 for runner-up Southern California with Georgia, 81 third, LSU, 53.5 fourth and Kansas State, 53, fifth followed by Ole Miss, 50, Texas A&M, 48, Florida State, 40, Florida State, 38, Iowa State, 34, and Oklahoma State, 8.5.
Bucknam’s defending SEC Indoor champion men, 45 points were eighth.
SEC members Texas A&M, 88.5, Florida 88 Georgia, 73.5, and LSU, 67, placed first through fourth followed by Kansas State, 56, Florida State, 47.5 and Southern California, 47 then Arkansas’ 45 with Ole Miss, 31.5, Oklahoma State, 29.5 and Iowa State, 27 ninth through 11th.