FAYETTEVILLE — A slightly ailing back simplified the Arkansas Razorbacks women’s track and field staff decision to make Peyton Chadwick a sprinter rather than pentathlete in this Razorback Invitational meet that the Arkansas Razorbacks’ men and women’s teams host Friday and Saturday at their Randal Tyson Indoor Track.
Springdale Har-Ber grad and University of Oklahoma transfer become Razorback All-American heptathlete-pentathlete-sprinter-hurdler Peyton Stumbaugh until her recent marriage to former Razorbacks baseball relief pitcher Cannon Chadwick, she is among the stars of this weekend’s star studded meet co-hosed by Coach Lance Harter’s nationally No. 2 defending SEC Indoor champion women and Coach Chris Bucknam’s nationally No. 7 reigning SEC Indoor champion men.
The meet, which includes Saturday’s 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. portion televised live by the SEC Network, includes, Florida Georgia, Southern California, LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Iowa State, Kansas State, Florida State, and Oklahoma State.
All but Oklahoma State are nationally ranked in either men’s or women’s track and some, including SEC members Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M, ranked 1-2-3 nationally among men’s teams and also in the women’s Top Ten, ranked prominently in both.
This Razorback Invitational includes a women’s pentathlon which normally would have Chadwick joining Arkansas 3-time SEC champion and 2017 NCAA Indoor runner-up Taliyah Brooks and All-SEC Razorback Kelsey Herman of Crossett trying to establish NCAA Indoor qualifying marks but Chadwick will just hurdle, long jump and sprint this indoor season, Harter said Tuesday.
“She hurt her back as a junior in high school and it’s still a nemesis,” Harter said. “Primarily an issue in the pentathlon high jump and shot put. As far as anything linear it’s fine. The long jump (a personal record 20-8 this season) and the hurdles, (8.14 in this season’s 60-meter hurdles and 23.67 in the 200-meter dash) have worked well for her and also worked carrying a leg on the mile relay. Still at the national meet those (pentathlon) points are tough to cover because she’s probably top three in the nation in the multi-events.”
On the men’s side, Razorbacks All-American sprinter Kenzo Cotton, among the national leaders with a 6.63 winning 60-meter dash two weeks ago at the Arkansas Invitational here but scratched from last week’s 60-meter final after tweaking his hamstring upon winning a prelim in 6.67 at the quadrangular that Michigan hosted in Ann Arbor, will run both the 100 and 200 meter dashes at Razorback, Bucknam said.
“We are being very careful because it’s all about the championship season (the SEC and NCAA Championships) at the end of February into March,” Bucknam said. “But Kenzo is scheduled in the 60, he’s No. 2 in the country, and the 200 and has a great matchup with a really good Georgia guy and USC guy. We have a pretty ballistic track so the jumps and the sprints ought to be outstanding.”
Friday evening’s 6 to 7:15 events include the 200-meter dash, high jump, long jump and distance medley relay.
Friday afternoon’s events include the women’s pentathlon and start of the 2-day men’s heptathlon featuring Arkansas’ Gabe Moore and the women’s vault featuring Razorbacks All-American Cabot born twin sisters Tori and Lexi Weeks since by marriage become Tori Hoggard and Lexi Jacobus.
Hoggard has already vaulted a nationally leading 14-7, and Jacobus cleared 14-0.
Saturday’s competition begins at 10:15 a.m. but the gist of it is the 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. portion televised by the SEC Network.
Both Harter and Bucknam assert this team-scored meet “elevates the intensity” as both teams gear from “getting their feet” their first two meets into the competitive grind gearing towards defending their SEC team championships Feb. 24-25 in College Station, Texas and the March 9-10 NCAA Indoor Championships also hosted by Texas A&M in College Station.
“If people want to see some great track and field coming in on Saturday or tuning in on the SEC Network would be a good thing,” Bucknam said.