Open Season Ranked Sixth
- 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
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
"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