Kick off Outdoor Season at Stanford
Calif. - After a week off, the University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track
team takes to the field as they kick off the outdoor season at the Stanford
Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., late Friday and Saturday, March 26-27.
Taking only a handful of athletes to the event,
Arkansas is concentrating on its distance runners and pole vaulters at
the Stanford University hosted meet. With more than 2,200 collegiate and
post-collegiate athletes scheduled to compete, mostly in the distance
races, the 2004 Stanford Invitational should be an excellent opportunity
for Arkansas' group of young distance specialists to pick up NCAA regional
"We usually take a group of distance runners
out to Stanford early to get some qualifiers," Arkansas head track coach
Lance Harter said. "The weather is usually very good for running fast
at this time of year."
Action begins at the Stanford Invitational
at 10:15 a.m., pacific, on Friday, but the main collegiate races do not
start until after 6:00 p.m. Arkansas athletes are scheduled to compete
in every distance race from 800 meters to 10,000 meters along with a few
non-distance runners taking their turns in the 100 hurdles, long jump
and pole vault.
Last season at the Stanford Invite, Arkansas'
distance runners were up to the task by picking up eight NCAA qualifiers
in nine attempts. The 2004 version has the Lady Razorbacks scheduled to
compete 10 times in the distance races and an additional five competitions
in non-distance events.
What should be very interesting for those
close to the Lady Razorbacks is the return of five-time all-American Londa
Bevins. Bevins returns to action to complete her eligibility after sitting
out the cross country and indoor track campaigns. If she can return to
the form that made her and Arkansas record holder as well as a NCAA finalist,
the Lady Razorbacks should be able to have a tremendous weekend at Stanford.
For more information on the Lady Razorback
track team or about Arkansas women's athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.