In the eighth of a nine-part series on the 2013 UA Sports Hall of Honor class, ArkansasRazorbacks.com takes a look back at the career of former women’s track and field star Edel Hackett.
Edel Hackett earned All-America status and won four Southwest Conference championships during her accomplished cross country and track and field career at the University of Arkansas.
A member of the team’s potent distance crew, she was a two-time conference indoor champion in the two-mile run during the 1983 (10:40.59) and 1984 (10:26.20) seasons and collected titles in the 3,000 meters (9:25.64) and the 5,000 meters (16:52.08) at the 1984 outdoor conference meet. That same season, she continued her momentum at the NCAA Championships with an All-America performance in the 5,000 meters.
Hackett was a four-time NCAA Cross Country Championship participant and was the program’s lone representative in 1983 and 1985. In 1982, she helped lead the Razorbacks to a regional cross country championship in the first year of regional competition. Arkansas went on to earn a 16th-place finish at the NCAA meet. Hackett was named to the all-region team in cross country in 1985 and earned All-SWC honors in cross country in 1983 and 1984.
The 2013 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Aug. 30-31. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time Arkansas’ season opening football game against Louisiana at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament may be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. For more information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000 or visit RazorbackFoundation.com.