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Arkansas pole vaulter Sandi Morris sets NCAA record

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Sandi Morris' NCAA and Arkansas record-breaking performance in the pole vault helped lead the No. 7 Arkansas women's track and field team to a 96-72 dual victory over No. 5 Texas at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Friday night.

The Razorbacks collected 11 wins, including seven NCAA-leading marks and a collegiate record, en route to the victory.

The night ended with Morris breaking the collegiate record (15-1; Kaitlin Petrillose, Texas, 2014) and the program record (14-11; Tina Sutej, 2012) in the pole vault. The senior nailed her final attempt of 15-1.50 to give her the NCAA record, the Arkansas record and the leading mark in the NCAA this season.

"Breaking the collegiate record has been a dream of mine ever since I started vaulting," said senior Sandi Morris. "I have worked hard every day knowing it's possible and now that I have finally accomplished it I will continue to work hard and set it as high as I can before I graduate. I am so thankful for everything my coach and teammates have done for me and for all of the Razorback fans cheering in the stands. I'd like to thank all of them for everything tonight, their voices got me over that bar."

Sparkle McKnight (52.89), Chrishuna Williams (53.28) and Daina Harper (54.24) swept the top three spots in the women's 400m. McKnight's 52.89 gave her the event title and also gives her the top 400m time in the NCAA this season.

The trio of Dominique Scott (2:07.53), Therese Haiss (2:13.81) and Annika Sisson (2:16.20) finished 1-2-3 in 800m. Scott's time was a personal-best and also made her the NCAA leader in the event.

Jessica Kamilos took the title in the 1,000 meter with a personal-record (2:47.92), while Diane Robison won the mile in 4:45.81, which was a personal-best and makes her the NCAA leader. Kaitlin Flattman crossed the finish line in 9:37.36 to win the 3,000 meter title, 11 seconds ahead of teammate Shannon Klenke, who finished in second place (9:48.54).

The distance medley relay team of Robison, Taliyah Brooks, Kamilos and Regan Ward earned a first-place finish at the Texas Dual and first-place nationally with a time of 11:37.35. Chrishuna Williams, Daina Harper, Brianna Swinton and McKnight teamed up to take home the 4x400 meter relay crown. The quartet finished the race in 3:36.90.

In high jump action, junior Alex Gochenour placed first with her personal-best 5-9.75. Senior Tamara Myers took the triple jump title and became the NCAA leader with 43-0.5.

The No. 7 Razorbacks will now hit the road for their first competition of the season. Arkansas will participate in the Rod McCravy Memorial (Jan. 23-24) in Lexington, Ky. on the campus of the University of Kentucky.