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Fact Sheet #7 - The NCAA Championships
The 2004 NCAA Championships: For the fifth consecutive season, the University of Arkansas is proud to host the NCAA Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center. The 2004 championships is the middle year of a three-season contract that expires following the 2005 season. Upon completion of the current contract, Arkansas will have hosted the meet for six consecutive seasons.

Arkansas' Participation: It looked dicey at first, but the Lady Razorbacks put together some impressive numbers as they send six athletes to the NCAA meet to compete seven times in four different events. The Lady'Backs have two athletes competing in both the 60 and 200-meter dashes and one in the 60-meter hurdles, 4x400-meter relay and pole vault.

Smallest Group, No Lack of Scoring: Despite bringing just six athletes, a University of Arkansas low over the past several years, the Lady Razorbacks are still looking to score big points and finish among the nation's elite programs.

The Top 10: The University of Arkansas is seeking its fifth consecutive and seventh overall top 10 finish at the 2004 NCAA Championships. With 89 women's teams participating at the meet, a top 10 finish is certainly not something to scoff at.

Elite Company: Pop Quiz, how many women's teams have finished in the top 10 at each of the past four NCAA Championships? Answer, two; name them, UCLA and Arkansas. The Lady Razorbacks are in elite company as they are just one of two schools to finish in the top 10 at each of the past four NCAA Championships. Not even LSU who has won two national titles during that time can make the same claim.

Last Season at the NCAA Championships: The Lady Razorbacks used points from seven individuals to tally 22 and finish 10th at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Seniors Christin Wurth and April Steiner were the big scorers with six a piece in the mile and pole vault, respectively. Arkansas also tallied points from Londa Bevins, four, its distance medley relay, four, Jessica Johnson, one, and Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln and Stacie Manuel with one half each.

2003 NCAA Championship Results
Mar. 14-15 o Randal Tyson Track Center o Fayetteville, Ark.
1. LSU 62
2. Florida 44
S. Carolina
4. N. Carolina 38
5. Texas 35
6. Stanford 32
7. Auburn 29
8. Indiana 24
10. Arkansas 22

The NCAA Schedule: For those that have attended the NCAA Championships over the past several years, you might notice a change in the NCAA schedule. While yes, some of the field events moved, the biggest change was the addition of the combined events for both men and women. In order to preserve the two-day nature of the meet, the combined events are scheduled to begin in the morning of both Friday and Saturday. Friday's action starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Tyson Center with Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Arkansas' Competitors: A majority of the Lady Razorbacks are scheduled to compete on Friday with only a few events on the docket for Saturday. Arkansas' first event is the hurdles at 5:05 p.m., Friday, followed by the pole vault at 5:35. The Lady'Backs continue with the 60-meter dash at 6:15 and the 200 prelims at 7:20. The evening concludes with the 60-meter hurdle finals and 200-meter dash finals, if Arkansas is fortunate to move on, at 8:10 and 8:50, respectively. Saturday's action potentially begins at 7:15 p.m. with the 60-meter finals and concludes with the 4x400-meter relay at 8:05 p.m.

The Trackwire Ranking: The first Trackwire ranking of the season placed the Lady Razorbacks sixth in the nation. Since then, the Lady Razorbacks fell out of the top 10 and are currently ranked 12th with 18 potential points. Arkansas is tied with Miami (Fla.) for the 12 spot, but is just four points from the top 10. The Trackwire prognosticators only predict Arkansas sprinting ace Veronica Campbell to score, but Arkansas always seems to get more points at home.

Arkansas Rankings
Week Trackwire Trackshark USTCA
Pre, 1/13 6th, 29 pts. - -
W1, 1/20 9th, 23 pts. 15th -
W2, 1/27 T10th, 22 pts. 22nd 13th
W3, 2/2 11th, 20 pts. 19th 23rd
W4, 2/9 11th, 20 pts. - 20th
W5, 2/17 13th 20 pts. 19th 14th
W5, 2/24 12th, 20 pts. - -
W6, 3/3 T11th, 23 pts. 11th 9th
W7, 3/9 T12th, 18 pts. - 9th

Trackshark: Arkansas opened the year ranked 15th in the Trackshark rankings, but dropped after the second rankings were released to 22nd. Back in the top 20 at 19th, soon after, Arkansas enters the NCAA Championships at 11th after their SEC Championships performance. Trackshark ranks teams based on other polls, rankings and scored 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, and after falling to 23rd end the 2004 season ranked ninth in the land.

Fastest in the World, Again: Junior Veronica Campbell is currently the fastest 200-meter runner in the world, again. The Jamaica native scorched the Randal Tyson Track Center surface for a time of 22.51 which blew away the fastest time in the world set by Ivet Lolova at 22.87.

Still the One: Shania Twain made the verse famous, but Veronica Campbell is living it. Even after the completion of the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Veronica Campbell still holds the number one time in the world this year for 200 meters.

Second Fastest Collegiate Time: Veronica Campbell's 22.51 at the Tyson Foods Inc., Invitational is the second fastest collegiate time ever behind Muna Lee's (LSU) time of 22.49 which she set at the NCAA Championships in 2003.

29th Fastest Ever: Not just the fastest in the world in 2004, or the second fastest collegiate time ever, Veronica Campbell's 22.51 is also the 29th fastest time ever on an indoor track. Campbell held the 44th fastest time ever, prior to this season, with her mark of 22.63 which she ran last year at the Tyson Invitational.

And By the Way: In case it hasn't been obvious, Veronica Campbell's run of 22.51 at the Tyson Invitational is also the Arkansas school record, breaking her own mark of 23.28. Campbell's time is more than one and a half seconds faster than Arkansas' school record heading into the 2004 season, 24.06 by Gi-Gi Miller in 2000.

Unbeaten: Veronica Campbell seems to like the 200 meters more than the 60 and looking at the results, one can tell. Campbell is unbeaten in preliminary or finals action at the distance running the race four times this indoor season and blowing away the competition in each race.

SEC Champion: She didn't break her season best, but Veronica Campbell's 200-meter time of 22.67 at the SEC Championships was good enough to win in convincing fashion. She breezed past a world class field that included defending national champion and collegiate record holder Muna Lee of LSU.

SEC Record Holder: Veronica Campbell's 200-meter time at the SEC Championships of 22.67 was astonishing to watch, but it also destroyed the SEC Championship record for the event by two-tenths of a second. The record had been held by LSU's Dawn Sowell (22.87) which she set in 1989.

USTCA Regional Athlete of the Year: Veronica Campbell's performances have been so awe-inspiring that she was named the United States Track Coaches Association's South Central Region Track Athlete of the Year.

Silver Medalist: We mention it in the media guide, but it is worth mentioning again. Veronica Campbell is also an Olympic silver medalist in the 4x100-meter relay for her native Jamaica from the Sydney Olympic Games.

The Campbell Numbers to Watch: It is safe to say that with talent like Veronica Campbell's one should constantly be on the lookout for falling records. In the 60 meters, Campbell torched Arkansas' school record of 7.26 by former Lady'Backs Elisha Brewer and Kyla Shoemake, but is still in search of the 2004 SEC and collegiate best of Muna Lee of LSU, 7.17, and the world best of Yuliya Tabakova of Russia, 7.06. In the 200, Campbell has the UA record at 22.51, as well as the 2004 SEC, collegiate and world best.

The SEC Championships: The Lady Razorbacks struggled at the Southeastern Conference Championships, finishing sixth overall, their worst finish at the indoor meet since 1997. Veronica Campbell picked up the Lady'Backs lone victory in the 200 meters while Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln finished as the SEC runner-up in the pole vault. The Lady'Backs 50.5 points are its second worst ever since joining the SEC.

Breaking a Streak: Arkansas' disappointing finish at the 2004 SEC Championships snapped a streak of 13 consecutive conference meets in which the Lady Razorbacks finished in the top three. The string of top performances was the longest in SEC history, edging Florida and Alabama who each had streaks of 10.

The Grizzled Veteran: Senior Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln is no stranger to the NCAA Championships. She was a competitor last season and has been on the bubble to attend the two seasons prior to her junior year. The pole vault all-American continues to improve with each week and had her best performance of the season at the SEC Championships.

Name Change: Jennifer (Culp) Lincoln is not a new person on Arkansas' roster. She was Jennifer Culp last season, an all-American in the pole vault when she finished tied for eighth at the NCAA Championships. Arkansas' veteran was married over the summer to former Razorback national champion Daniel Lincoln, but keeps Culp in her name for recognition purposes.

Last Year at the NCAA Championships: Jennifer Lincoln is the only member of Arkansas' 2004 NCAA contingent that competed at the championships last season. At the meet, Lincoln tied for eighth with teammate Stacie Manuel as each cleared 13 feet, 3.5 inches. While not quite her career best, the height was good enough to earn all-America honors and pick up a half point for the Lady Razorbacks.

SEC Runner-Up, Again: Jennifer Lincoln seems to always be the bridesmaid, but never the bride when it comes to her pole vaulting. At the 2004 SEC Championships, Lincoln finished second to Georgia's Fanni Juhasz to take her third SEC runner-up honor in seven competitions.

Tyson Center Crowds: The Randal Tyson Track Center has been the home to some of the most spectacular track and field competitions ever and the crowds were there at every step. With a capacity of over 5,000, the University has seen crowds in excess of that eight times in four-plus years.

Williams Coming on Strong: Junior Kasia Williams entered the 2004 indoor season with a career best of 8.51 in the 60-meter hurdles and has been improving every week. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native has dropped her hurdles mark to an astounding converted time of 8.19 that placed her 11th in the nation in the event.

Nearly Setting the Record: Kasia Williams' time of 7.65 in the 55-meter hurdles at the Florida Fast Times Last Chance competition nearly eclipsed the Arkansas record for the event, but was a scant 0.02 seconds shy of the mark. Former Lady Razorback hurdles all-American Kyla Shoemake ran 7.63 back in 1998 to hold the University record.

Sixth at the SEC Championships: The Southeastern Conference is one of, if not, the toughest track and field leagues in the nation and the 60-meter hurdles final is proof. Kasia Williams holds the 11th fastest time in the country for the hurdles yet only managed a sixth-place finish at the SEC Championships.

Better With Each Race: Perhaps Associate Head Track Coach Rolando Greene can sense something that mainstream society can't, but its working so far. Greene has worked Kasia Williams very hard this season as she has competed in more races than any other Lady'Back. The method seems to be working as Williams just posted her career best in the hurdles and could be a threat to pick up points at the NCAA meet.

National Championships Scoring: The Lady Razorbacks have had a long legacy of picking up quality points at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Atop the list of points scored in Arkansas history is the tandem of Tracy Robertson and Amy Yoder Begley who each tallied 24.5 during their illustrious careers. To crack the top 10, individuals must score at least 9.75 points.

Mitchell Makes Her Move: junior Kerri-Ann Mitchell has turned the corner in her training this season as evidenced by her astonishing times in both the 60 and 400-meter dashes. Mitchell was predominantly a short sprinter and jumper for the past two seasons, but Arkansas Associate Head Coach Rolando Greene saw something in her and moved her to the 400. The move worked as Mitchell qualified for the NCAA Championships in both events, 400 first, and competes at the meet in the 60 and 4x4 relay.

Fifth Fastest: Prior to the SEC Championships and teammate Veronica Campbell's unprecedented times, Kerri-Ann Mitchell had tied for the fifth fastest 60-meter time in Arkansas history at 7.39. She now resides at tied for seventh.

Third Fastest 400: Kerri-Ann Mitchell's open 400 meter time of 54.04 was no fluke to Arkansas' coaching staff as the Canadian junior clocked the third fastest mark in Lady Razorback history for the event. Mitchell had showed that kind of speed and versatility as a 4x400-meter relay member and now has the individual stat to prove it.

Nursing: The Lady Razorbacks hope that Kerri-Ann Mitchell has made a full recovery from the ailment that kept her from performing at her best at the SEC Championships. With nearly two weeks of recovery time, Mitchell should be able to stand up to the rigors of potentially three races in two days.

Moore to Compete in 200: Entering the NCAA Championships with the 26th fastest time in the nation, junior LaShaunte'a Moore didn't think that she would be competing for a national championship in the 200-meter dash, but thanks to some scratches and a little luck, that is exactly what she'll do. Moore moved up from 26 to 19 on the descending order list after scratches were removed and was invited to compete at nationals in the open race.

One of Arkansas' Fastest: Any time one is racing Veronica Campbell, you have to try and look at some other numbers to get a fair comparison. LaShaunte'a Moore qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 200 meters with a time of 23.76, a mark that would be an Arkansas school record if it were not for her speedster teammate. Moore holds the fifth fastest time in school history for 200 meters.

Conference Champions: The Lady Razorbacks have had a long and proud history when it comes to track and field and their 47 indoor conference champions are a testament to that. Winning multiple indoor conference crowns nearly every year since 1998, the Lady Razorbacks have been especially successful in the toughest track & field conference in the nation as they have taken 36 of their 43 individual conference honors since joining the SEC in 1992. The last time a Lady Razorback did not win at least one conference championship, 1986.

4x4 Goes Again: The Lady Razorbacks began the season with a 'B' relay and nearly qualified for the NCAA Championships. Once they put the 'A' team on the track, everyone took notice as the team of Kerri-Ann Mitchell, Veronica Campbell, Aneita Denton and LaShaunte'a Moore posted the seventh-fastest time in the nation. Running 3:36.21, the Lady'Backs broke Arkansas' school record in the event and could challenge for all-American honors at the NCAA Championships.

Denton Returns to Action: Junior Aneita Denton spent most of the indoor track season sick, but has recovered from her early illness and become a key contributor on Arkansas' 4x400-meter relay. After a return from the hospital and several weeks off, Denton has consistently split 54 seconds for her leg of the relay and should be able to run faster now that she has more training under her belt.

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).

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