Seeking Qualifiers in South Bend
- The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team hopes that the
impending snow storm that is expected to hit the South Bend, Ind., area
on Friday can bring a blizzard of national qualifiers as the Lady'Backs
start competition at the Meyo Invitational at the University of Notre
Showcasing its whole team, Arkansas looks
to improve its current list of NCAA qualifiers at the Meyo Invite which
should give every Lady Razorback some of the best competition in the country
as 23 teams descend on the Loftus Center.
Headlining Arkansas' attack is junior Veronica
Campbell who currently holds the second fastest mark in the nation in
the 200-meter dash. Campbell is scheduled to compete in the 60-meter dash
and post her second qualifier in as many competitions.
"This is an oversized track that we were able
to run very well on last year," Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said.
"The quality of competition should be great and should allow us to post
several national qualifiers."
For Arkansas' distance team, the focus is
the mile and 5,000-meter runs. With three Lady'Backs in the mile and another
three in the 5,000, Arkansas is hoping that its athletes can push each
other to several qualifying marks. Showcasing their abilities in the mile
are juniors Erica Sigmont and Shiloh Whiting and senior Shannon Spaulding.
The longer race has sophomores Jessie Gordon and Maureen Scott and redshirt
freshman Laura Kerr.
Competition at the Meyo Invitational begins
on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. and continues through Saturday afternoon.
Friday night features several non-traditional events as well as the long
jump, weight throw and 5,000 meters.