Named SEC Indoor Track Runner of the Year
FAYETTEVILLE - University of Arkansas Lady Razorback
sprinter Veronica Campbell was named the Southeastern Conference indoor
track women's runner of the year by the league office in Birmingham, Ala.,
The NCAA Champion at 200 meters this winter,
Campbell ended her first season in Fayetteville with a host of honors
including the U.S. Track Coaches Association's south central region athlete
of the year, SEC champion and national champion. Her time of 22.43 in
the 200 was the fastest in the world this year and broke the collegiate
and NCAA Championships records.
The Jamaica native earned three all-America
honors during the indoor season in the 60- and 200-meter dashes and as
a member of Arkansas' 4x400-meter relay. She also set the SEC championship
record when she ran 22.67 at the league meet in February.
"Veronica is a special athlete," Arkansas head track
coach Lance Harter said. "She is incredibly talented and has a bright
future ahead of her. She deserves this award for all the hard work that
she put in throughout the season. Our goal now is to keep her healthy
for the rest of the outdoor season so that she has the opportunity to
compete at the Olympics in August."
Campbell becomes the third Lady Razorback
to earn indoor athlete of the year honors, and the first since Amy Yoder
Begley during the 2000 season. Sarah Schwald was the first Lady'Back to
take the title in 1995. While Arkansas runners have earned a total of
14 athlete of the year awards in cross country, indoor and outdoor track,
Campbell's award is just the fourth won during a track season.