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Lady'Backs Seek National Championship Bids
        BATON ROUGE, La. - The University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team heads to Baton Rouge, La., this weekend in the hopes of picking up numerous qualifiers for the NCAA Championships at the Mideast Regional to be held at Bernie Moore Stadium on the campus of Louisiana State Univ., Friday and Saturday, May 28-29.
        The second year for the four regional sites in track and field, Arkansas faired well a year ago at the Mideast Regional held at Ohio State University, picking up a pair of NCAA qualifiers that may not have made the championship otherwise. The 2004 meet brings 19 Lady Razorbacks to the meet, Arkansas' largest contingent, and could produce as many as 10-12 national championship qualifying marks.
        "The NCAA added this meet a year ago to increase the number of athletes that participate at the national championship," Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. "I think that if we have a great weekend we might take as many as 14 or 15 athletes to the national meet, which would be our biggest team ever for an outdoor championship. All of our major players should get in no matter what happens this weekend off the descending order list, but I'm pretty confident that we can get a few more through."
        In order to advance to the NCAA meet, athletes must finish in the top five of an individual race or in the top three on a relay. Currently, the Lady Razorbacks have 10 athletes or relays that rank within those parameters making their chances to advance solid.
        Headlining Arkansas' contingent to the regional meet is junior sprinter Veronica Campbell who picked up a pair of Southeastern Conference titles and three school records two weeks ago. Campbell is scheduled to pull triple duty once again at the regional in the 100, 200 and 4x100-meter relay and must even run rounds of the relay making her triple all the more difficult.
        "It's hard for any sprinter to do what Veronica is going to attempt," Harter said. "The schedule at the regional is not conducive for it, but we might be able to replace her in the opening rounds of the relay to give her a break, but it all depends on who is in our race and what the situation is."
        Arkansas' busiest event is the pole vault where three Lady Razorbacks seek to punch their ticket to the NCAA Championship. Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln comes in with the team's best outdoor mark at 12-11 ½. The two-time all-American indoors was a national championship participant a year ago and hopes to make a return to the big dance. Helping her along are junior Erin Anderson and freshman Jodi Driggers. The pair tied for fourth at the SEC Championships and are looking as good as they have all season in practice.
        Other competitions that will feature Lady Razorback athletes include the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, steeplechase, 5,000 meters, 100 hurdles, high jump and hammer throw.
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