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Campbell Named SEC Track Athlete of the Week
Veronica Campbell        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 weekend.
        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 make."
        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, Ky.

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