Ready for Tyson Foods Invite
- 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
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