Arkansas Women Win NCAA Track

The No. 1-ranked Arkansas women dominated by scoring in all eight events where they had qualifiers to score an easy victory in the NCAA Track & Field Indoor Championships on Saturday night at the Randal Track Center.

Arkansas' women can finally hang a banner of their own.

The Razorbacks finished first in the team standings at the NCAA Indoor Championship Saturday at Randal Tyson Track Center to become the first female program to win a national championship at Arkansas. The Razorbacks finished with 63 points, 16.5 points ahead of second-place Oregon, which had won four consecutive championships before this season.

It was the first women's NCAA team championship in any sport for Lance Harter's squad. Harter had won 12 Division II national titles at Cal-Poly, but it was his first at the Division I level.

"This is tops in my career," Harter said. "Anytime you can make history, it has to be special. We had 15 athletes qualified in eight events and we got points from every athlete. To do this at home, wow!"

Arkansas won the distance medley relay Friday and followed with wins by Sandi Morris in the pole vault and Dominique Scott in the 3,000 meters Saturday. Scott also anchored the victory in the Distance Medley Relay for the Arkansas women.

Scott, a South Africa product, had a big night, accepting a marriage proposal from Cameron Efurd of Rogers when she stepped off the track after winning the 3,000.

Taylor Ellis-Watson finished second in the 400 meters and later anchored the second-place 4x400 meter relay for the Razorbacks. Arkansas scored in every event it had participants.

Oregon won its second consecutive men's team title with 74 points. Florida finished second with 50 points and Arkansas was third with 38 points.

Razorbacks hurdler Omar McLeod won the 60 meter hurdles with a NCAA-record time of 7.45 seconds. McLeod, a sophomore, has won the event the last two years.

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