Chadwick, Herman lead Hogs on first day of Razorback Invitational


FAYETTEVILLE — Kelsey Herman captured the pentathlon title and Payton Chadwick turned in the No. 2 time in program history in the 200-meters on the opening day of the Razorback Invitational at Randal Tyson Indoor Track Friday night.

Herman, a two-time All-American in the event, capped her opening pentathlon of the season with the title scoring over 4,100 points while clocking a near PR in the opening event of the competition (60-meter hurdles) falling short of the mark by one one-hundredth of a second (0.01).

Kelsey Herman Razorback Invitational Pentathlon
Event Mark Points
60-meter hurdles 8.34 1,052
High Jump 5-8.75 916
Shot Put 38-9.75 650
Long Jump 19-6.25 834
800-meters 2:29.78 696
Point Total 4,189


Freshman J’Alyiea Smith completed her first collegiate pentathlon finishing eight-overall in the competition while setting personal-best in every event minus the 60-meter hurdles.

J’Alyiea Smith Razorback Invitational Pentathlon
Event Mark Points
60-meter hurdles 8.90 931
High Jump 5-8.75 916
Shot Put 22-10.50 333
Long Jump 17-6 651
800-meters 2:29.53 699
Point Total 3,530


On the track for Arkansas, Payton Chadwick turned in the No. 2 fastest 200-meter sprint in program history breaking her tie with former Razorback great Talyor Ellis-Watson (22.99).

Chadwick finished second in her heat trailing Kentucky’s Abby Steiner who turned in an identical 22.97. The final result came down to a difference of four one-thousandths of a second as Steiner took the event in 22.965 over Chadwick’s 22.969.

Freshman Kethlin Campbell (23.42) and Tiana Wilson (23.67) set PR’s in the event while Kiara Parker (23.41), Jada Baylark (23.58), Janeek Brown (23.67), Tamara Kuykendall (24.40), and Morgan Burks-Magee (24.71) finished fourth, eighth, 10th, 19th, and 27th, respectively.

Senior All-American Lexi Jacobus captured her third-straight meet victory of 2019 clearing 4.51m (14-9.50) for the win. Tori Hoggard cleared an identical bar for a second-place finish while Desiree Freier (4.41m/14-5.50), Bailee McCorkle (4.01m/13-1.75), Rylee Robinson (3.91m/12-10), Morgan Hartsell (3.81m/12-6), Genna Potter (3.61m/11-10), Olivia Groeber (3.41m/11-2.25), and Parrish Kitto (3.41m/11-2.25) finished fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, 12th, and tied for 13th, respectively.

After day one of competition, Arkansas leads the meet with 59.5 points through seven events scored.

The Razorbacks return to Randal Tyson tomorrow morning as day two of the Razorback Invitational gets underway at 11:25 a.m with the men’s heptathlon.


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