Sheet #3 - The J.D. Martin Invitational
Getting Better All the Time: The
Lady Razorbacks struggled in week one of the indoor track season, but
showed significant improvements in week two. Look for the Lady Razorbacks
to improve even more at the J.D. Martin Invite this weekend.
First Road Trip: The Lady Razorbacks get their first taste of the
open road this weekend when they travel to the J.D. Martin Invitational
in Norman, Okla.
A Friendly Arena: Arkansas has competed in Norman, Okla., many
times over the years making the Mosier Indoor Center a familiar place
to the Lady Razorbacks. Last season, Arkansas competed there twice and
had very good showings in both appearances.
Fastest in the World in 2004: Junior Veronica Campbell clocked
the fastest time in the world in 2004 last weekend when she scorched the
Randal Tyson Track Center track for a time of 23.28 in the 200 meters.
Her time just edged that of Tatyana Levina of Russia who ran 23.34 on
Jan. 18 in Moscow.
#1 in the Nation: With the number one time in the world this year
it is only logical that Veronica Campbell's time of 23.28 is also the
nation's leader among collegiates. She edges DeeDee Trotter of Tennessee
for the honor. Trotter ran 23.52 last Sunday afternoon.
A Bad Start?: Veronica Campbell claimed after her record-breaking
performance that she got off to a slow start in the 200 meters when she
ran 23.28. Coach Rolando Greene said that she eased into the finish. Campbell
ran 22.63 last season at the Tyson Foods Invitational. Could she eclipse
that time this year?
The School Record: Veronica Campbell eclipsed the first of what
could be many records this year when she clocked 23.28 at the Razorback
Invitational. She beat former Lady'Back Gi-Gi Miller's time of 24.06 by
more than three-quarters of a second. Not so bad in a distance race, but
in a sprint it is unheard of.
A Smaller Crew: The Lady Razorbacks are taking a smaller crew to
the J.D. Martin Invitational this year to give some their big guns time
to rest before their trip to the Meyo Invitational next weekend. Some
of the athletes that are scheduled to compete are: Erin Anderson, LaShaunte'a
Moore, Shaneatra Neely, Maureen Scott and Shannon Spaulding.
The Schedule: The J.D. Martin Invite has a rolling schedule throughout
the competition both in the field and running events. Beginning at 10
a.m., with the field events, competition in the running events starts
at 12:30 p.m. and runs through its conclusion.
First Time Flat: For the first time this season, the Lady Razorbacks
get to compete on a flat track. The nature of the course normally slows
competitors down, but Oklahoma's track is fast, so who knows what times
may surface in Norman.
Getting to Crunch Time: The Lady Razorbacks are only two weeks
into their indoor season, but it is already crunch time when you look
at what is left. Arkansas only has two weeks after the J.D. Martin Invite
before the indoor conference championship making the Meyo Invite and Tyson
Foods Invite incredibly important.
The Trackwire Poll: The first Trackwire poll of the season placed
the Lady Razorbacks sixth in the nation and while some things changed
after the first two weeks of competition, the Lady Razorbacks point total
has remained relatively solid. Currently ranked 10th in the nation, Arkansas
is only slated to have two individuals score in three events according
to the Trackwire prognosticators, but as has happened in years past, Arkansas
always gets more at home.
||6th, 29 pts.
||9th, 23 pts.
||T10th, 22 pts.
Trackshark: Arkansas opened the year ranked 15th in the Trackshark
rankings, but fell after the second rankings were released to 22nd. Trackshark
ranks teams based on other polls, rankings and dual meet competitions.
The USTCA Power Rankings: The United States Track Coaches Association
also has a rankings system, but theirs is based solely on performance.
The USTCA tracks the top two competitors in every event and assigns a
numeric value to that performance. The sum of the performances ranks the
team. The Lady Razorbacks opened the year 13th.
Jakosky #1: Junior Laura Jakosky joined teammate Veronica Campbell
atop a Southeastern Conference list this week with her sparkling, yet
solo, effort in the 3,000 meters. Running 9:46.21, Jakosky edged Tennessee's
Katie Flaute who ran 9:53.17.
Jakosky Makes a Breakthrough: Laura Jakosky made a big breakthrough
in her 3,000-meter time at the Razorback Invitational by dropping her
career best by 10 seconds. Entering the competition with a time of 9:56.17,
Jakosky's 9:46.21 effort was even more impressive considering that she
ran two-thirds of the race alone without competition.
With a Little Help From My Friends: Joe Cocker sang it, but Erica
Sigmont carried it out in Fayetteville last week. Sigmont ran the open
800 meters, then came back and played rabbit to Laura Jakosky for the
first 1,000 meters of her 3,000-meter run. When asked why she assisted
her teammate, Sigmont simply replied that Jakosky needed help and that
she used it as a workout.
The Competitors: The Lady Razorbacks take about half their squad
to this weekend's J.D. Martin Invitational. Competing in a wide variety
of events, Arkansas' sprint crew is the most intact with LaShaunte'a Moore,
Kerri-Ann Mitchell, Shaneatra Neely and Kasia Williams all competing in
their main events. First timers for the 2004 indoor season include Dawnyell
Fletcher and Aneita Denton.
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.
Already Breaking Personal Bests: Erin Anderson's vault of 12-7.5
at the Arkansas Invitational already eclipses her personal best indoors
which had been 12-5.5. Outdoors she has jumped 13-1.5. Anderson has been
knocking on the door of 13 feet for two weeks now and should eclipse the
mark in the near future.
The Trackwire Dandy Dozen: As a measuring stick for how many points
teams will score at the NCAA Championships, the Trackwire rankings expert
puts together a list of athletes whom he feels will not only score but
also make a final. In Arkansas' case, Trackwire has picked three performances
to come up with its 22 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. Erica Sigmont was eighth
in the mile, but is now 10th.
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. 2. We are currently waiting on photos
that need to be taken at the Arkansas Invitational to finish the book.
Upcoming Press Conferences: The next Arkansas track press conference
with be Monday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. A preview to the Tyson Foods Invitational,
it will be an informative press conference that will disclose some of
the elite athletes scheduled to participate at the Golden Spike Tour event.
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