Named Regional Athlete of the Year
FAYETTEVILLE - University of Arkansas sophomore sensation
Veronica Campbell was named the United States Track Coaches Association's
2004 South Central Region Female Track Athlete of the Year for the outdoor
Campbell made it a clean sweep as she took
the south central region's indoor honor making her the first Lady Razorback
to ever claim honors in both indoor and outdoor track in the same season.
"Veronica is a special performer," Arkansas
head coach Lance Harter said. "She deserves the award after the performances
that she put together at the Southeastern Conference Championships, now
we just want to get her back on the track for the NCAA meet and see what
Campbell took top honors in both the 100 and
200 meters at the SEC meet in mid May, running some of the fastest times
in the world in the process. Her 200-meter time of 22.41 still ranks as
the second fastest women's 200-meter time this year. Looking impressive
in her wins, Campbell smoked the field at the conference championship
by beating her 200-meter competition, which included the defending NCAA
Champion, by more than one-half second. In the 100, Campbell looked just
as good as she won by a tenth of a second, an eternity in the collegiate
track and field world.
Arkansas' top sprinter strained a hamstring
at the NCAA Mideast Regional last weekend, but is expected to make a full
recovery before the NCAA Championships begin on June 9. Campbell's injury
was inflicted during Arkansas' preliminary 4x100-meter competition.
Campbell now joins the regional athletes of
the year from the other eight USTCA areas and will be voted on to see
who will earn the Mondo National Athlete of the Year.
The Lady Razorbacks are back in action next
Wednesday, June 9, as they kick off the NCAA Championships in Austin,