Named SEC Track Athlete of the Week
FAYETTEVILLE - Junior Veronica Campbell was named
the Southeastern Conference Female Track and Field Athlete of the Week
after three sparkling performances at the Tyson Foods Invitational last
Campbell posted the world's best indoor mark
in 2004 for 200 meters when she clocked 22.51 in her heat of the race.
Getting out of the blocks quickly, Campbell cruised to victory against
some top notch talent and her time was also the second fastest ever run
by a collegiate and the 29th fastest time run indoors for 200 meters.
"Its nice that the SEC recognizes someone
with not just national, but world level performances," Arkansas head coach
Lance Harter said. "There were so many outstanding efforts across the
board this weekend that the conference had a very difficult decision to
Following her Friday night sprint, Campbell
returned to action on Saturday in the USA Track & Field hosted Golden
Spike portion of the meet to finish third in the 60-meter dash behind
Olympians Gail Devers and Debbie Ferguson. Campbell's time of 7.23 was
her second Arkansas school record of the weekend and was well ahead of
several other Olympians including Torii Edwards and Christie Gaines.
Arkansas' sprinting star then assisted the 4x400-meter
relay to another Lady Razorback school record with a time of 3:36.21.
Joining teammates Kerri-Ann Mitchell, LaShaunte'a Moore and Aneita Denton,
the Lady'Backs eclipsed a four-year-old record in the event to post the
seventh fastest mark in the NCAA this season.
"We are blessed to have an athlete of Veronica's
caliber on this team," Arkansas associate head coach Rolando Greene said.
"Most track athletes have aspirations of competing at the next level,
but Veronica is already there. She leads by her actions, not necessarily
by words, and when she steps on the track, she does exactly what needs
to be done. A perfect example of that is from this weekend when she asked
me where our 4x4 ranked in the country. After I told her she responded
with that isn't good enough and we have to run an automatic qualifier."
For Campbell, the honor is the first of her
short Arkansas career and she becomes the sixth Lady Razorback to take
an athlete of the week honor indoors. Other Lady Razorbacks to accomplish
such a feat include Amy Yoder Begley, April Steiner, Lilli Kleinmann,
Christin Wurth and Jessica Johnson. Steiner is the only Lady Razorbacks
to earn two honors indoors.
Campbell and the rest of the Lady Razorbacks
are back in action on Friday, Feb. 27, at the SEC Championships in Lexington,