Arkansas Wins NCAA DI Women’s Outdoor Team Title

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For the second year in a row, the race for the women’s team title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships came down to the final event of the evening.

Arkansas and Southern California were locked in a 56-all tie with four laps and three passes of the baton between them and immortality. Whichever team crossed the finish line first in the 4×400 Relay would take home the coveted crown.

The Razorbacks, who also won the indoor team title this year, finished runner-up to event champion Texas A&M and captured their second outdoor team title in the past four years (Arkansas also won the outdoor title in 2016). The Women of Troy dropped the baton in the final 150 meters of the third leg and eventually finished in eighth place, nearly 10 seconds behind the Aggies and Razorbacks.

Arkansas and Southern California waged an epic battle over the final day of competition at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium in Austin, Texas. Both the Razorbacks and the Women of Troy had 10 entries into Saturday’s finals, which included six head-to-head match-ups.

Women’s 4×100 Relay

Southern California – 1st, 42.21
Arkansas – 3rd, 42.79

Score: Arkansas 21, Southern California 10

Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles

Janeek Brown, Arkansas – 1st, 12.40
Chanel Brissett, Southern California – 2nd, 12.52
Anna Cockrell, Southern California – 5th, 12.80
Payton Chadwick, Arkansas – 8th, 13.05

Score: Arkansas 34, Southern California 22

Women’s 100 Meters

TeeTee Terry, Southern California – 3rd, 10.98
Kiara Parker, Arkansas – 5th, 11.02
Anglerne Annelus, Southern California – 7th, 11.12

Score: Arkansas 38, Southern California 30

Women’s 400 Meters

Kethlin Campbell, Arkansas – 4th, 51.09
Kyra Constantine, Southern California – 6th, 51.47

Score: Arkansas 43, Southern California 33

Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles

Anna Cockrell, Southern California – 1st, 55.23

Score: Arkansas 43, Southern California 43

Women’s 200 Meters

Anglerne Annelus, Southern California – 1st, 22.16
Janeek Brown, Arkansas – 4th, 22.40
Lanae-Tava Thomas, Southern California – 6th, 22.74

Score: Southern California 56, Arkansas 48

Then Arkansas got eight big points from Taylor Werner in the 5000 to knot the score at 56-all and set the tone for the final event of the day.

Paris Peoples led things off for the Razorbacks, who then handed the baton to Kiara Parker. After Peoples and Parker combined for a time of 1:44.73, Payton Chadwick clocked the second fastest third carry of 51.64 and gave the stick to Kethlin Campbell. Arkansas knew it was in good hands with Campbell, who finished fourth in the open 400 earlier in the afternoon. Campbell ended up posting the fastest anchor leg of the evening at 49.78.

The Razorbacks finished with 64 team points, seven more than Southern California’s 57.

LSU, behind a record-setting performance by Sha’Carri Richardson, ended up third in the team standings with 43 points for its best finish since 2011. Richardson broke a 30-year-old collegiate record in the 100 Meters when she ran 10.75, .03 seconds better than what Dawn Sowell did in 1989.

Texas A&M earned the final spot on the podium with 38 points. It was the ninth time that the Aggies finished in the top-4 outdoors since 2007.