FAYETTEVILLE – Head coach Chris Bucknam
and the University of Arkansas men’s track and field team has announced its schedule for the 2014 indoor and outdoor seasons. The Razorbacks are set to host 8 meets—four indoor and four outdoor—this year, including the outdoor NCAA West Preliminary at John McDonnell Field.
Arkansas and John McDonnell Field will host an NCAA West Preliminary for the second time since the introduction of the meet in 2003, having previously hosted the 2008 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. The outdoor regional will be held May 29-31.
“We are excited about the 2014 meet schedule,” head coach Bucknam said. “We have the best track and field facilities in the country and will continue to host some of the best meets in the NCAA. We are only in the second season on our newly refurbished indoor track and it showed last year that the fastest indoor track in the world may be even faster now. We are also currently in the process of resurfacing our outdoor track as we speak.”
During the indoor season, the reigning 2013 NCAA Indoor Champions will return to their home facility where they captured the program’s 41st NCAA Title at the Randal Tyson Track Center. To open the year, the Razorbacks will host the Arkansas Invitational on Jan. 10 and continue its dual series with Texas on Jan. 17. Two weeks later, the top programs in the country will come to the Tyson Center for the Jan. 31-Feb. 1 Razorback Team Invitational. Last year’s event featured a school record by Kevin Lazas
in the heptathlon of 6,042 points. Additionally, the Razorbacks will host the Arkansas High School Invitational on Jan. 18.
“Our commitment to our track and field facilities here at Arkansas are second to none,” head coach Bucknam said. “It’s our job to make our University, our alumni and the state of Arkansas proud by hosting some of the best track and field events in the world. We appreciate all the help and support we get in hosting these events along with the phenomenal crowds and support from the local media and community. If you look up Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Wikipedia our nickname is “Track Capital of the World.” This schedule helps us live up to that brand”.
Arkansas’ outdoor scored events will include the Arkansas Spring Invitational and the two-day John McDonnell Invitational. The annual event will be run on April 11-12 at John McDonnell Field. The team will also hold the Arkansas Twilight meet underneath the lights at John McDonnell Field on May 2.
Along with the home meets, the Razorbacks will also travel across the nation during the season. The 2014 outdoor season will start in Austin, Texas, at the Texas Relays on March 26-29, before heading to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational on the weekend of April 4-5. Later on in April, the Razorbacks will spend back-to-back weekends on the road after hosting a pair of scored meets at home. On April 17-19, the Razorbacks will travel to Walnut, Calif. To participate in the Mt. Sac Relays, followed by a trip to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete at the Drake Relays on April 23-27. The Razorbacks will conclude their non-championship season at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 4.
Before hosting the NCAA West Regional at John McDonnell Field on May 29-31, the Razorbacks will compete at the SEC Championships in Lexington, Ky., on May 15-18. Arkansas will continue its championship season at the 2014 National Championship in Eugene, Ore., at historic Hayward Field on June 11-14, and will conclude its season at the USA Jr. and Sr. Championships in Sacramento, Calif., on June 26-29.
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