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Campbell Named Regional Athlete of the Year
Veronica Campbell        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 season.
        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 happens."
        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, Texas.

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