Sheet #2 - The Razorback Invitational
Last Week in Fayetteville: The Lady
Razorbacks had a modest opener last weekend at the Arkansas Invitational.
Competing with a limited squad, the Lady Razorbacks posted several marks
that rank among the best in the Southeastern Conference. The star of the
meet for the Lady Razorbacks was junior LaShaunte'a Moore who cruised
to the third fastest time in Lady Razorback history in the 60-meter dash.
Two in a Row: The Razorback Invitational marks the second meet
in a row that Arkansas will compete at the Randal Tyson Track Center and
is the second of four home meets this season.
Two Days: Unlike Arkansas' meet from a week ago, the Razorback
Invitational is a two-day affair. Friday's action begins at 4 p.m. at
Walker Pavilion with the Tyson Track Center kicking into gear at 5 p.m.
On Saturday, competition begins at 3 p.m. and runs through 6:30 p.m.
Moore's Accomplishment: In her first race as a Lady Razorback,
LaShaunte'a Moore proved that she was ready to take the step from junior
college to Arkansas. Competing in the 60-meter dash, Moore clocked a 7.45
during prelims to notch the third fastest time in Arkansas history.
Chasing the Record: While LaShaunte'a Moore came close Arkansas'
all-time record with her 7.45 performance at the Arkansas Invitational,
she still has a way to go to reach the Lady Razorbacks' best mark. Set
by Elisha Brewer and Kyla Shoemake in 1998, Moore will need to shave 0.19
seconds off her time from a week ago to match the 7.26 by Arkansas' greats.
4x4 Looks Strong: One athlete was fresh, one was in her second
race, one her third and the last her fourth, but the heart that they showed
proved that Arkansas' sprinters are here and ready to compete. The Lady
Razorbacks ran 3:41.27 at the Arkansas Invitational and had LSU in their
rear view mirror for most of the race before the third-place team from
the 2003 NCAA Championships nipped them at the end.
Pole Vaulters Prepping for Big Jumps: It takes almost every athlete
a couple of meets to prepare for real competition and for Arkansas' pole
vaulters that time is now. After competing at the Pole Vault Summit in
Reno, Nev., and the Arkansas Invite, the Lady Razorbacks should be ready
to blow past the 13-foot mark and put up provisional if not automatic
qualifiers for the NCAA Championships.
The Razorback Schedule: Arkansas' first two-day competition of
the season, the Razorback Invitational schedule is very friendly to fans
and media alike. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, the meet runs for approximately
four-and-a-half hours. Saturday begins at 3 p.m. and runs for five hours
to about 8 or 8:30 p.m.
The Trackwire Poll: The first Trackwire poll of the season placed
the Lady Razorbacks sixth in the nation and while some things changed
after a week of competition, not much changed for Arkansas. The Lady Razorbacks
did fall three spots to ninth and did drop six points, but should be able
to creep back up the charts once its core group of athletes gets on track.
6th, 29 pts.
9th, 23 pts.
Best Ranking Since. . : The Lady Razorback's sixth-place position
in the Trackwire poll is their best ranking to start the season since
2000 when they moved all the way up to number one for a time. That season,
the Lady Razorbacks finished third in the country at the NCAA Championships.
The Trackshark Poll: The Lady Razorbacks opened the 2004 Trackshark
poll ranked 15th on January 21. Using dual meet results as well as other
rankings and athlete marks to base its rankings on, the Lady Razorbacks
could move up significantly after a few more competitions.
Going 1-2: Arkansas' pole vaulters may not have had their best
meet of the season at the Arkansas Invitational, but they did do one thing
very well and that is win. Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln and Erin Anderson tied
for the top spot at the meet with identical 12-7.5 jumps.
Lincoln Leading the Conference: We are just two weeks into the
season, but Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln is leading the Southeastern Conference
in the pole vault with her 12-9.5 performance at the Pole Vault Summit
two weeks ago.
Already Breaking Personal Bests: Erin Anderson's vault of 12-7.5
a week ago already eclipses her personal best indoors which had been 12-5.5.
Outdoors she has jumped 13-1.5.
The Lady Razorbacks at the Razorback Invite: The Arkansas coaching
staff is looking to the Razorback Invite as a way to get extra work in
and prepare for the rigors of SEC competition and because of that, several
runners will double and triple. Arkansas' busiest person will be Kerri-Ann
Mitchell who gets to run the 60 and 200 meters while also participating
in the long and triple jumps. Tough distance doubles come from Jessie
Gordon, Maureen Scott and Alison Zeinner who each have the mile and 5,000-meter
runs on their agenda.
Campbell Making First Individual Effort: Junior transfer Veronica
Campbell made her Lady Razorback debut last weekend as a member of Arkansas'
4x400-meter relay and was impressive to say the least with a split at
or around 52 seconds. At the Razorback Invitational, Campbell is scheduled
to compete in her first individual competition as she takes on the field
in the 200 meters.
44th Fastest Ever: A year ago at the Tyson Foods Invitational,
Veronica Campbell ran an unbelievable time of 22.63 for 200 meters. The
mark would have beaten the then collegiate record of Merlene Ottey and
ended the 2003 season as the 44th fastest time ever for 200 meters indoors.
The Trackwire Dandy Dozen: As a measuring stick for how many points
teams will score at the NCAA Championships, the Trackwire prognosticator
puts together a list of athletes whom he feels will not only score but
also make a final. In Arkansas' case, Trackwire has picked four performances
to come up with its 23 points. Veronica Campbell is currently slated as
the top runner in both the 60 and 200-meter dashes while Stacie Manuel
is penciled in at seventh for the pole vault and Erica Sigmont eighth
in the mile.
Defending SEC Champions: No one expected them to do it, but the
Lady Razorbacks shocked many when they easily won the SEC Indoor Championship
in Gainesville, Fla., last winter. Can this new group get the achievement
done again? Only time will tell.
Returning all-Americans: The Lady Razorbacks return five all-Americans
to their indoor roster with another two getting added outdoors. Arkansas'
indoor all-Americans include Dawnyell Fletcher (two times), Jennifer Lincoln
(one time), Stacie Manuel (one time), Erica Sigmont (four times) and Jamie
Walker (one time). Joining the Lady'Backs between seasons are Londa Bevins
(five times) and Jessica Johnson (two times).
Lady Razorback Press Guides: The 2004 University of Arkansas Lady
Razorback Track & Field Media Guide is currently in production and should
be available to the media by Feb. 1. We are currently waiting on photos
that need to be taken at the Arkansas Invitational to finish the book.
Upcoming Press Conferences: Members of the media can expect to
hear about a press conference next week for the Razorback Invitational,
but in the meantime we ask that you mark down Monday, Feb. 2, at 11:30
a.m. for a press conference concerning the Tyson Foods Invitational. Other
press conferences include the week of the Tyson Invite, the week of the
SEC Championships and Thursday, March 11 for the NCAA Track and Field