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Lady'Backs Open Season Ranked Sixth
        FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track and field team is ranked sixth in the nation in the preseason Trackwire poll it was announced on Tuesday.
        Armed with a solid core of returnees, plus one of the nation's top recruiting class, Arkansas earned 29 points in the preseason poll, Southeastern Conference powerhouses LSU and Florida rank first and second, respectively. Of the top 25 teams, seven come from the SEC making it the most recognized conference in the poll.
        "It is always nice to be considered on of the elite programs in the country," Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. "We have worked very hard over the past several years to earn that type of respect and I'm glad to see that people all over the country see what kind of athletes we have here at Arkansas and what they are capable of."
        Returning to the track for the Lady Razorbacks this winter are junior middle distance ace and two-time all-America Erica Sigmont, pole vault all-Americans Stacie Manuel and Jennifer Lincoln as well as NCAA qualifier and outdoor regional finalist Shaneatra Neely. The quartet have earned six all-America honors and look to add to that number at the Arkansas hosted NCAA Championships, March 12-13 at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
        Added to the Lady Razorbacks already potent NCAA lineup are a group of sprinters and middle distance runners that by themselves could challenge for a top five spot at the national championship. Headlined by sprinters Veronica Campbell and LaShaunte'a Moore, the Lady Razorbacks feel that potentially eight of their new recruits could make an impact at the national championships. Also competing for the Lady'Backs this winter are pole vaulter Erin Anderson, middle distance runners Aneita Denton and Shannon Spaulding, hurdler Kasia Williams and multi-event star Beyonka McDowell.
        "We have some very talented returnees and our newcomers only add to our scoring potential," said Harter. "Unfortunately for us, everyone in the SEC is that much better so we will have our work cut out for us at the not just the national championship, but at the conference meet as well."
        The Lady Razorbacks hope to get their indoor season off to a fast start on Friday when they participate in the Arkansas hosted Arkansas Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center beginning at noon with finals starting at 5:00 p.m.

Trackwire Preseason Poll
1. LSU 71
2. Florida 48
4. Stanford 32
5. UCLA 30
6. Arkansas 29
7. Nebraska 28
North Carolina
9. Colorado 22
10. BYU 20
South Carolina
West Virginia
13. Kansas State 19
15. Georgia 17
16. Baylor 16
Florida State
18. Providence 15
19. Georgia Tech 12
21. Notre Dame 11
22. Arizona 9
Penn State
24. Clemson 8
Kent State
Mississippi State

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