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Morris has record, Arkansas' women have the lead

by MICHAEL BONNER Special to the Democrat-Gazette | May 16, 2015 at 2:20 a.m.
Arkansas’ Sandi Morris broke the college outdoor pole vault record Saturday by clearing 15 feet, 1 3/4 inches.

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Sandi Morris' vault to the top of the college record book Friday helped vault the Arkansas Razorbacks to the top of the women's standings going into the final day of the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Friday’s results

Finals results from the second day of the SEC Outdoor Championships in Starkville, Miss.:


3,000 STEEPLECHASE 1. Stanley Kebenei, Arkansas, 8:58.40; 2. Mark Parrish, Florida, 8:59.06; 3. Redatu Semeon, Auburn, 9:00.14; 4. Frankline Tonui, Arkansas, 9:04.95; 5. Brendan Hoban, Georgia, 9:04.99; 6. Mackay Wilson, Kentucky, 9:10.93; 7. Parker Deuel, s

Alabama, 9:12.24; 8. James Brown, Kentucky, 9:14.62.

, LONG JUMP 1. Marquis Dendy, Florida, - 26-10 ½; 2. Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas, 26-3; 3. KeAndre Bates, Florida, 26-1 ¾; 4. Latario Collie, Texas A&M, 25-2 ½; 5. Phillip Young, Mississippi, 24-11; 6. Cameron Hudson, Alabama, 24-10 ½; 7. - Olabanji Asekun, Texas A&M, 24-7 ¼; 8. 5 Terence Boyd, Kentucky, 24-7.

SHOT PUT 1. Stipe Zunic, Florida, 65-5 ½; 2. Nick Vena, Georgia, 63-10 ½; 3. Brad Szypka, Kentucky, 63-9 ½; 4. Matthew Hoty, Tennessee, 61-5; 5. Olayinka Awotunde, South Carolina, 60-11 ¼; 6. Kyle Felpel, Alabama, 58-8; 7. Tavis Bailey, Tennessee, 57-3; 8. Nikolas Huffman, Kentucky,56-6.

DECATHLON 1. Maicel Uibo, Georgia, 8,326; 2. Zach Taylor, Mississippi State, 7,466; 3. Markus Leemet, South Carolina, 7,372; 4. Nathanael Franks, Arkansas, 7,343; 5. Tim Duckworth, Kentucky, 7,156; 6. Nathan Donnellon, Kentucky, 7,112; 7. Parker Shearer, Auburn, 7,091; 8. Coren Crompton, Auburn, 7,021..


3,000 STEEPLECHASE 1. Jessica Kamilos, Arkansas, 10:02.07; 2. Cornelia Griesche, Mississippi State, 10:04.00; 3. Bret McDaniel, Georgia, 10:08.28; 4. Katelyn Greenleaf, Alabama, 10:14.43; 5. Shannon Klenke, Arkansas, 10:14.54; 6. Regan Ward, Arkansas, 10:25.85; 7. Rebecca Chandler, Vanderbilt, 10:35.04; 8. Susan Rachel Givens, Auburn, 10:37.11.

DISCUS 1. Shelbi Vaughan, Texas A&M, 211-8; 2. Beckie Famurewa, Kentucky, 187-5; 3. Madison Jacobs, Kentucky, 183-10; 4. Rachel Dincoff, Auburn, 183-1; 5. Lloydricia Cameron, Florida, 166-5; 6. Adriana Brown, Kentucky, 163-8; 7. Haley Teel, Alabama, 161-0; 8. Jill Rushin, Missouri, 160-8.

HIGH JUMP 1. Jeannelle Scheper, South Carolina, 6-5; 2. Leontia Kallenou, Georgia, 6-4; 3. Taylor Burke, Florida, 5-10¾; 4. Morgan Whitson, Missouri, 5-8¾; 5. Shanice Hall, LSU, 5-8¾; 6. Kara Erickson, Texas A&M, 5-7; 7. Katherine White, Alabama, 5-7; 8. Nakita Gray, South Carolina, 5-7.

LONG JUMP 1. Quanesha Burks, Alabama, 22-5 ¼; 2. Nataliyah Friar, LSU, 21-10¾; 3. Keturah Orji, Georgia, 21-8¼; 4. Chanice Porter, Georgia, 21-5¼; 5. Sha’Keela Saunders, Kentucky, 21-4¾; 6. Kenyattia Hackworth, Kentucky, 21-3¼; 7. Darrielle McQueen, Florida, 20-6½; 8. Alexis Murphy, South Carolina, 20-5.

POLE VAULT 1. Sandi Morris, Arkansas, 15-5¾ (new collegiate record, old record 15-1¾ by Morris); 2. Ariel Voskamp, Arkansas, 14-2¾; 3. Morgann Leleux, Georgia, 14-2¾; 4. Jessie Johnson, Auburn, 14-2¾; 5. Desiree Freier, Arkansas, 13-11¾; 5. Lakan Taylor, Alabama, 13-11¾; 7. Megan Zimlich, Arkansas, 13-7¾; 8. Maggie Givens, Missouri, 13-1¾; 8. Katrine Haarklau, Missouri, 13-1¾; 8. Sarah Bell, Vanderbilt, 13-1¾.

HEPTATHLON 1. Erica Bougard, Mississippi State, 6,250; 2. Kendell Williams, Georgia, 6,003; 3. Alex Gochenour, Arkansas, 5,892; 4. Quintunya Chapman, Georgia, 5,886; 5. Jena Hemann, Texas A&M, 5,842; 6. Fabia McDonald, Mississippi, 5,708; 7. Taliyah Brooks, Arkansas, 5,681; 8. Brittany Kelly, Mississippi, 5,531.

Morris set the women's college pole vault record by clearing 15 feet, 5 3/4 inches, capping a dominant Arkansas performance in the event as four Razorbacks finished among the top eight and piled up 23.5 points.

Arkansas leads the women's competition with 58.5 points. Georgia is second with 46 points, followed by Texas A&M (37), Kentucky (32) and Alabama (31.5).

Arkansas sits third in the men's competition with 31 points, behind Florida (50) and and Georgia (47).

The Mike Sanders Track and Field Complex fell quiet as Morris prepared to take off on her record-setting attempt, but the Arkansas senior broke the silence as she cleared the bar on the way down.

"I just starting screaming," Morris said. "A scream that I wanted to let out for so long."

The height allowed Morris to regain a record she previously held. The Greenville, S.C., native and Demi Payne of Stephen F. Austin have passed the record between each other this year. Morris set the record with a 15-1 3/4 vault April 11, but Payne cleared 15-5 1/2 last week.

"Whenever I see my competitors jump really high, my fire is really lit," said Morris, who also won the SEC and NCAA Indoors pole vault title. "I want to go out there and prove to the world that I can do that too. ... It's just a whole different story to step out there on that runway when the world's watching you with the bar up and to be able to clear it."

Ten of Morris' family members were on hand to watch her defend her SEC title. Between attempts, Morris' niece, Jamison Grace, could be heard yelling "Go, Aunt Sandy!" The 2-year-old ran down the back straightaway toward her record-setting aunt after the competition.

"It's really encouraging to me to look over and see my little niece, my parents and my grandparents," Morris said. "Everyone's here."

Arkansas' Ariel Voskamp joined Morris on the podium after clearing 14-2 3/4 to finish second. Teammate Desiree Freier finished tied for fifth (13-11 3/4), and Megan Zimlich took seventh (13-7 3/4).

Arkansas also added 14 points in the women's 3,000 steeplechase as junior Jessica Kamilos won the event in 10:02.07 and Shannon Klenke finished fifth (10:14.54.

Arkansas' men's team was paced by Stanley Kebenei, who successfully defended his title in the 3,000 steeplechase with a time of 8:58.40. Teammate Frank Tunui finished fourth in 9:04.95 to give the Razorbacks 15 points in the event.

"Sometimes it's really easy to be on top," Kebenei said. "But to maintain it over time is really hard because everyone is trying to take you down."

Arkansas junior Jarrion Lawson finished second in the men's long jump with a leap of 26-03. That was news to Lawson, who passed on three attempts in the long jump so he could run in the 100-meter prelims.

Lawson didn't realize he had finished runner-up in the long jump until after his 100-meter heat.

"I actually didn't know what place I got. That's great," Lawson said. "They had to cut me off so I could run the 100."

Lawson earned a spot in today's 100-meter final, and he'll be looking to improve on his third-place finish a month ago at the Arkansas-Oregon dual meet.

"Win everything. That's our motto at Arkansas track and field," Lawson said. "Win everything."

Sports on 05/16/2015

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