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Lady'Backs Ready for Tyson Foods Invite
        FAYETTEVILLE - On the brink of what is being considered one the most competitive collegiate track competitions this season, the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team is poised to strut their stuff at home and prove that they belong in the same breath as some of the nation's elite athletes.
        With some of the top teams in the nation making their way to Fayetteville to compete in the Tyson Foods Inc., Invitational, Arkansas knows that it must perform at its best at home. With competition beginning as early as 10:00 a.m. and running through the night, more than 1,500 athletes are scheduled to compete at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Friday alone. Saturday's Golden Spike Tour competition adds another 150 athletes to the mix with some of the world's best competitors appearing in Fayetteville.
        On the docket to appear in the women's competition are three top 10 teams and nine top 25 squads.
        "We always gear up for this meet," Arkansas head track coach Lance Harter said. "The Tyson family is incredibly generous to support a track meet of this caliber and we thank them for that. To show the Tyson's our appreciation we need to go out and put forth our best performances in every event."
        The Lady Razorbacks have 21 athletes signed up for various races and events ranging from the 60-meter dash to the 5,000-meter run. At least one Arkansas athlete is penciled in for 14 of the 16 scheduled events on Friday and in two events at the Golden Spike.
        Some of the events that the Lady Razorbacks are concentrating on include the pole vault, 60 hurdles, 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs. In the vault, three Lady Razorbacks are set to take the runway including NCAA qualifier Erin Anderson and SEC runner-up Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln. Both have enjoyed tremendous practice sessions throughout the week and appear ready to have their best meet of the season at home.
        Sprinting ace Veronica Campbell sees action on both days as she takes to the 200-meter dash on Friday, then returns to action Saturday for the 60-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay. Campbell, who posted the fastest time in the World this year the last time she ran the 200 should only be pushed to run faster with stiffer competition.
        Arkansas' distance runners are also set for top notch competition and respond with a trio of runners in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs. Laura Jakosky, who holds the second fastest time in the SEC for 3,000 meters, hopes to improve on her mark that has seen a significant drop from her preseason best. Helping her along are Jessie Gordon and newcomer Sarah Saffa who in her first collegiate race nearly broke the 10-minute mark.
        Tickets for the event are available at the Randal Tyson Track Center or by contacting the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

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