false
318
Saturday 06/14
NCAA Championships
T&F - Women
Saturday 06/14
NCAA Championships
T&F - Men
Friday 06/13
NCAA Championships
T&F - Women
Friday 06/13
NCAA Championships
T&F - Men
Thursday 06/12
NCAA Championships
T&F - Women
Thursday 06/12
NCAA Championships
T&F - Men
Wednesday 06/11
NCAA Championships
T&F - Women
Wednesday 06/11
NCAA Championships
T&F - Men
Sunday 06/01
Virginia
9
Baseball
2
Sunday 06/01
Bucknell
0
Baseball
10
Saturday 05/31
Virginia
3
Baseball
0
Saturday 05/31
NCAA West Preliminary
T&F - Men
Saturday 05/31
NCAA West Preliminary
T&F - Women
Friday 05/30
Liberty
2
Baseball
3
Friday 05/30
NCAA West Preliminary
T&F - Men
Friday 05/30
NCAA West Preliminary
T&F - Women
Thursday 05/29
NCAA West Preliminary
T&F - Women
Thursday 05/29
NCAA West Preliminary
T&F - Men
Monday 05/26
NCAA Championships - Final RD
Golf - Men
279
Saturday 05/24
LSU
11
Baseball
1
Saturday 05/24
NCAA Championships - RD 1
Golf - Men
292
Saturday 05/24
NCAA Championships - RD 2
Golf - Men
286
Friday 05/23
Ole Miss
7
Baseball
8
Thursday 05/22
LSU
7
Baseball
2
Wednesday 05/21
Ole Miss
1
Baseball
2
Tuesday 05/20
Texas A&M
0
Baseball
4
Sunday 05/18
SEC Championships
T&F - Men
Sunday 05/18
SEC Championships
T&F - Women
Saturday 05/17
Missouri
5
Baseball
7
Saturday 05/17
NCAA Missouri Regional - Final RD
Golf - Men
277
Saturday 05/17
SEC Championships
T&F - Men
Saturday 05/17
SEC Championships
T&F - Women
Friday 05/16
Missouri
0
Baseball
4
Friday 05/16
NCAA Missouri Regional - RD 2
Golf - Men
270
Friday 05/16
SEC Championships
T&F - Women
Friday 05/16
SEC Championships
T&F - Men
Thursday 05/15
Missouri
4
Baseball
9
Thursday 05/15
NCAA Missouri Regional - RD 1
Golf - Men
289
Thursday 05/15
SEC Championships
T&F - Women
Thursday 05/15
SEC Championships
T&F - Men
Sunday 05/11
Texas A&M
6
Baseball
5
Saturday 05/10
Texas A&M
3
Baseball
7
Saturday 05/10
Third Round
Golf - Women
905
Friday 05/09
Texas A&M
2
Baseball
3
Friday 05/09
Second Round
Golf - Women
604
Thursday 05/08
First Round
Golf - Women
309
Sunday 05/04
Ole Miss
1
Baseball
11
Sunday 05/04
Florida
5
Softball
1
Sunday 05/04
Payton Jordan Invitational
T&F - Women
Sunday 05/04
Payton Jordan Invitational
T&F - Men
Saturday 05/03
Florida
11
Softball
0
Saturday 05/03
Ole Miss
7
Baseball
4
Friday 05/02
Ole Miss
3
Baseball
2
Friday 05/02
Florida
8
Softball
3
Friday 05/02
Arkansas Twilight
T&F - Women
Friday 05/02
Arkansas Twilight
T&F - Men
Wednesday 04/30
Oklahoma
10
Softball
2
Tuesday 04/29
Missouri State
1
Baseball
4
Sunday 04/27
Mississippi State
8
Softball
0
Sunday 04/27
SEC Championship - Final RD
Golf - Men
275
Sunday 04/27
Drake Relays
T&F - Men
Sunday 04/27
Drake Relays
T&F - Women
Saturday 04/26
Auburn (DH Game 2)
7
Baseball
2
Saturday 04/26
Auburn (DH Game 1)
3
Baseball
4
Saturday 04/26
Red-White Game
Football
Saturday 04/26
Mississippi State
18
Softball
7
Saturday 04/26
SEC Championship - RD 2
Golf - Men
287
Saturday 04/26
Drake Relays
T&F - Men
Saturday 04/26
Drake Relays
T&F - Women
Friday 04/25
Auburn
2
Baseball
1
Friday 04/25
Mississippi State
4
Softball
6
Friday 04/25
SEC Championship - RD 1
Golf - Men
280
Friday 04/25
Drake Relays
T&F - Men
Thursday 04/24
Penn Relays
T&F - Women
Wednesday 04/23
Northwestern State
3
Baseball
15
Tuesday 04/22
Northwestern State
1
Baseball
8
Sunday 04/20
Kentucky
0
Softball
8
Sunday 04/20
Vanderbilt
1
Baseball
3
Sunday 04/20
Third Round
Golf - Women
892
Saturday 04/19
Vanderbilt
2
Baseball
1
Saturday 04/19
Kentucky
7
Softball
5
Saturday 04/19
Second Round
Golf - Women
591
Saturday 04/19
War Eagle Invitational
T&F - Women
Saturday 04/19
Mt. Sac Relays
T&F - Men
Friday 04/18
Vanderbilt
2
Baseball
6
Friday 04/18
Kentucky
4
Softball
3
Friday 04/18
First Round
Golf - Women
6
Friday 04/18
Mt. Sac Relays
T&F - Women
Friday 04/18
NCAA Championship
Gymnastics
Wednesday 04/16
Missouri (SEC Tournament - Day 1)
4
Tennis - Women
0
Wednesday 04/16
LSU
4
Tennis - Men
1
Tuesday 04/15
Stephen F. Austin
2
Baseball
7
Sunday 04/13
LSU
4
Baseball
10
Sunday 04/13
South Carolina
6
Softball
4
Saturday 04/12
South Carolina
7
Softball
5
Saturday 04/12
LSU
1
Tennis - Men
4
Saturday 04/12
LSU
5
Baseball
4
Saturday 04/12
LSU
4
Tennis - Women
1
Saturday 04/12
John McDonnell Invitational
T&F - Women
Saturday 04/12
John McDonnell Invitational
T&F - Men
Friday 04/11
LSU
5
Baseball
3
Friday 04/11
South Carolina
10
Softball
11
Wednesday 04/09
UNLV
2
Baseball
9
Wednesday 04/09
Tulsa
4
Softball
1
Tuesday 04/08
UNLV
10
Baseball
7
Sunday 04/06
Tennessee
4
Tennis - Women
0
Sunday 04/06
University of Tennessee
4
Tennis - Men
0
Sunday 04/06
Aggie Invitational - Final RD
Golf - Men
301
Sunday 04/06
Final Round
Golf - Women
Saturday 04/05
South Carolina
0
Baseball
7
Saturday 04/05
Alabama (DH - Game 2)
4
Softball
3
Saturday 04/05
NCAA Regional Championship
Gymnastics
Saturday 04/05
Alabama (DH - Game 1)
12
Softball
1
Saturday 04/05
Aggie Invitational - 36 Holes
Golf - Men
606
Saturday 04/05
Second/Third Round Matches
0
Golf - Women
2
Saturday 04/05
Arkansas Spring Invitational
T&F - Women
Saturday 04/05
Arkansas Spring Invitational
T&F - Men
Friday 04/04
Alabama
8
Softball
0
Friday 04/04
South Carolina (DH Game 2)
1
Baseball
4
Friday 04/04
University of Georgia
4
Tennis - Men
0
Friday 04/04
South Carolina (DH Game 1)
2
Baseball
1
Friday 04/04
Georgia
4
Tennis - Women
0
Friday 04/04
Louisiana Tech
0
Tennis - Women
4
Friday 04/04
First Round
Golf - Women
291
Wednesday 04/02
Nebraska
6
Baseball
4
Tuesday 04/01
Nebraska
3
Baseball
4
Tuesday 04/01
Missouri State
0
Softball
9
Sunday 03/30
Mississippi State
5
Baseball
1
Sunday 03/30
Texas A&M
11
Softball
7
Sunday 03/30
University of South Carolina
4
Tennis - Men
0
Sunday 03/30
South Carolina
4
Tennis - Women
0
Saturday 03/29
Mississippi State (DH Game 2)
5
Baseball
1
Saturday 03/29
Texas A&M (DH - Game 2)
9
Softball
8
Saturday 03/29
Mississippi State (DH Game 1)
0
Baseball
4
Saturday 03/29
Texas A&M (DH - Game 1)
8
Softball
7
Saturday 03/29
Texas Relays
T&F - Women
Saturday 03/29
Texas Relays
T&F - Men
Friday 03/28
Florida
4
Tennis - Women
0
Friday 03/28
University of Florida
3
Tennis - Men
4
Wednesday 03/26
Mississippi Valley State
0
Baseball
3
Tuesday 03/25
Mississippi Valley State (DH Game 2)
1
Baseball
12
Tuesday 03/25
Jackson State
3
Softball
1
Tuesday 03/25
Jackson State
4
Softball
7
Tuesday 03/25
Mississippi Valley State (DH Game 1)
0
Baseball
6
Tuesday 03/25
Bethune-Cookman
1
Tennis - Women
6
Tuesday 03/25
North Florida
2
Tennis - Women
5
Tuesday 03/25
Valspar Invitational At Floridian - Final RD
Golf - Men
279
Monday 03/24
California
75
Basketball - Men
64
Monday 03/24
Valspar Invitational At Floridian - 36 Holes
Golf - Men
569
Sunday 03/23
Oral Roberts
0
Tennis - Women
6
Sunday 03/23
Ole Miss
7
Softball
15
Sunday 03/23
Alabama
0
Baseball
1
Sunday 03/23
Mississippi State
4
Tennis - Men
2
Sunday 03/23
Mississippi State
1
Tennis - Women
4
Saturday 03/22
Alabama
1
Baseball
2
Saturday 03/22
SEC Championship
Gymnastics
Saturday 03/22
Ole Miss
13
Softball
6
Saturday 03/22
Second/Third Rounds
Golf - Women
882
Friday 03/21
Alabama
17
Baseball
9
Friday 03/21
Ole Miss
11
Softball
4
Friday 03/21
Ole Miss
4
Tennis - Men
2
Friday 03/21
Ole Miss
4
Tennis - Women
3
Friday 03/21
First Round
Golf - Women
302
Wednesday 03/19
Memphis
0
Softball
4
Wednesday 03/19
Grambling State
0
Baseball
8
Tuesday 03/18
Indiana State
71
Basketball - Men
91
Tuesday 03/18
Grambling State
3
Baseball
4
Sunday 03/16
Florida
3
Baseball
9
Sunday 03/16
Missouri
3
Tennis - Women
4
Saturday 03/15
Florida
1
Baseball
0
Saturday 03/15
Tennessee (DH - G2)
8
Softball
0
Saturday 03/15
Tennessee (DH - G1)
4
Softball
5
Saturday 03/15
NCAA Championships
T&F - Men
Saturday 03/15
NCAA Championships
T&F - Women
Friday 03/14
Oklahoma
Gymnastics
Friday 03/14
University of Nebraska-Omaha
0
Tennis - Men
5
Friday 03/14
University of Nebraska-Omaha
0
Tennis - Men
5
Friday 03/14
Florida
2
Baseball
1
Friday 03/14
Tennessee
9
Softball
2
Friday 03/14
Texas A&M
4
Tennis - Women
0
Friday 03/14
Texas A&M University
4
Tennis - Men
0
Friday 03/14
Prairie View A&M
0
Tennis - Women
5
Friday 03/14
Prairie View A&M
1
Tennis - Women
4
Friday 03/14
NCAA Championships
T&F - Men
Friday 03/14
NCAA Championships
T&F - Women
Thursday 03/13
South Carolina - 2nd Round
71
Basketball - Men
69
Wednesday 03/12
Tulsa
6
Softball
1
Sunday 03/09
California (DH Game 2)
2
Baseball
1
Sunday 03/09
California (DH Game 1)
4
Baseball
3
Sunday 03/09
Mississippi Valley State
5
Softball
13
Sunday 03/09
University of Alabama
3
Tennis - Men
4
Sunday 03/09
Bradley
1
Softball
9
Sunday 03/09
Alabama
4
Tennis - Women
0
Sunday 03/09
Bradley vs. Mississippi Valley State
Softball
Sunday 03/09
Third Round
Golf - Women
892
Saturday 03/08
Nebraska
Gymnastics
Saturday 03/08
Bradley
2
Softball
4
Saturday 03/08
Tulane
0
Baseball
4
Saturday 03/08
Alabama
83
Basketball - Men
58
Saturday 03/08
Mississippi Valley State
4
Softball
20
Saturday 03/08
Mississippi Valley State vs. Bradley
Softball
Saturday 03/08
Second Round
Golf - Women
597
Friday 03/07
San Francisco
2
Baseball
1
Friday 03/07
Auburn University
4
Tennis - Men
3
Friday 03/07
Auburn
4
Tennis - Women
3
Friday 03/07
First Round
Golf - Women
297
Wednesday 03/05
Ole Miss
63
Basketball - W
62
Wednesday 03/05
Ole Miss
80
Basketball - Men
110
Tuesday 03/04
Querencia Cabo Collegiate Invitational - Final RD
Golf - Men
287
Monday 03/03
Querencia Cabo Collegiate Invitational - RD 2
Golf - Men
296
Monday 03/03
IPFW (Cancelled)
Baseball
Sunday 03/02
MISSOURI
70
Basketball - W
72
Sunday 03/02
University of Kentucky
6
Tennis - Men
1
Sunday 03/02
Kentucky
4
Tennis - Women
0
Sunday 03/02
Querencia Cabo Collegiate Invitational - RD 1
Golf - Men
Saturday 03/01
Drake
7
Softball
4
Saturday 03/01
South Alabama (DH Game 2)
5
Baseball
3
Saturday 03/01
Georgia
Gymnastics
Saturday 03/01
Georgia
75
Basketball - Men
87
Saturday 03/01
Louisiana Tech vs. Stephen F. Austin
Softball
Saturday 03/01
South Alabama (DH Game 1)
2
Baseball
1
Saturday 03/01
Louisiana Tech
1
Softball
9
Saturday 03/01
Drake vs. Stephen F. Austin
Softball
Saturday 03/01
SEC Championships
T&F - Men
Saturday 03/01
SEC Championships
T&F - Women
Friday 02/28
Drake
6
Softball
10
Friday 02/28
Vanderbilt
6
Tennis - Women
1
Friday 02/28
South Alabama
1
Baseball
12
Friday 02/28
Stephen F. Austin
7
Softball
6
Friday 02/28
Vanderbilt University
7
Tennis - Men
0
Friday 02/28
Louisiana Tech vs. Drake
Softball
Friday 02/28
Louisiana Tech vs. Stephen F. Austin
Softball
Friday 02/28
SEC Championships
T&F - Women
Friday 02/28
SEC Championships
T&F - Men
Thursday 02/27
TEXAS A&M
77
Basketball - W
54
Thursday 02/27
No. 17/15 Kentucky
67
Basketball - Men
71
Sunday 02/23
SIU-Edwardsville
0
Tennis - Men
4
Sunday 02/23
Eastern Illinois
3
Baseball
8
Sunday 02/23
LSU
53
Basketball - W
57
Sunday 02/23
SIU-Edwardsville
1
Tennis - Men
6
Sunday 02/23
Harvard
4
Softball
9
Sunday 02/23
Bayou City Collegiate Championships - Final RD
Golf - Men
282
Saturday 02/22
Mississippi State
69
Basketball - Men
73
Saturday 02/22
Florida Gulf Coast
7
Softball
14
Saturday 02/22
Eastern Illinois
3
Baseball
8
Saturday 02/22
Oklahoma State University
5
Tennis - Men
2
Saturday 02/22
Bayou City Collegiate Championships - RD 2
Golf - Men
286
Saturday 02/22
Villanova
0
Softball
12
Saturday 02/22
SEC Championships - Day Five
Swim & Dive
Saturday 02/22
Alex Wilson Invitational
T&F - Men
Friday 02/21
Kentucky
Gymnastics
Friday 02/21
Eastern Illinois
2
Baseball
6
Friday 02/21
North Dakota
1
Softball
20
Friday 02/21
Eastern Michigan
0
Softball
13
Friday 02/21
Bayou City Collegiate Championships - RD 1
Golf - Men
287
Friday 02/21
SEC Championships - Day Four
Swim & Dive
Thursday 02/20
VANDERBILT
56
Basketball - W
50
Thursday 02/20
SEC Championships - Day Three
Swim & Dive
Wednesday 02/19
South Carolina
64
Basketball - Men
71
Wednesday 02/19
Northwestern State
1
Softball
9
Wednesday 02/19
SEC Championships - Day Two
Swim & Dive
Tuesday 02/18
Third Round
Golf - Women
867
Tuesday 02/18
SEC Championships - Day One
Swim & Dive
Monday 02/17
Second Round
Golf - Women
571
Sunday 02/16
Appalachian State
3
Baseball
8
Sunday 02/16
UMKC
0
Softball
10
Sunday 02/16
Purdue
5
Tennis - Women
2
Sunday 02/16
UMKC vs. Butler
Softball
Sunday 02/16
Gator Invitational - Final RD
Golf - Men
279
Sunday 02/16
First Round
Golf - Women
288
Saturday 02/15
St. John's
0
Softball
10
Saturday 02/15
LSU
70
Basketball - Men
81
Saturday 02/15
Butler vs. UMKC
Softball
Saturday 02/15
Appalachian State
6
Baseball
7
Saturday 02/15
Tyson Invitational
T&F - Men
Saturday 02/15
Tyson Invitational
T&F - Women
Saturday 02/15
Jackson State vs. St. John's
Softball
Saturday 02/15
Gator Invitational - 36 Holes
Golf - Men
570
Saturday 02/15
Husky Invitational
T&F - Women
Friday 02/14
UMKC vs. Jackson State
Softball
Friday 02/14
University of Tulsa
4
Tennis - Men
3
Friday 02/14
Florida
Gymnastics
Friday 02/14
Appalachian State
2
Baseball
12
Friday 02/14
St. John's
1
Softball
8
Friday 02/14
St. John's vs. UMKC
Softball
Friday 02/14
Oklahoma
5
Tennis - Women
2
Friday 02/14
Tyson Invitational
T&F - Men
Friday 02/14
Tyson Invitational
T&F - Women
Friday 02/14
Jackson State vs. Butler
Softball
Thursday 02/13
ALABAMA
55
Basketball - W
75
Thursday 02/13
Butler
1
Softball
8
Thursday 02/13
Missouri
86
Basketball - Men
85
Thursday 02/13
Jackson State
0
Softball
8
Sunday 02/09
Purdue University
6
Tennis - Men
1
Sunday 02/09
SOUTH CAROLINA
67
Basketball - W
49
Sunday 02/09
Baylor
5
Softball
0
Saturday 02/08
Washington
6
Softball
1
Saturday 02/08
Vanderbilt
75
Basketball - Men
77
Saturday 02/08
San Diego
1
Softball
10
Saturday 02/08
New Mexico Collegiate Classic
T&F - Men
Saturday 02/08
Armory Collegiate Invite
T&F - Women
Friday 02/07
UNLV
4
Softball
12
Friday 02/07
LSU
Gymnastics
Friday 02/07
UC Davis
5
Softball
4
Friday 02/07
University of Texas-Pan American
1
Tennis - Men
6
Friday 02/07
University of Texas-Pan American
1
Tennis - Men
6
Thursday 02/06
FLORIDA
49
Basketball - W
55
Wednesday 02/05
Alabama
58
Basketball - Men
65
Sunday 02/02
AUBURN
56
Basketball - W
48
Sunday 02/02
University of Minnesota
6
Tennis - Men
1
Sunday 02/02
Oklahoma State
6
Tennis - Women
0
Saturday 02/01
LSU
88
Basketball - Men
74
Saturday 02/01
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
3
Tennis - Men
4
Saturday 02/01
Razorback Team Invitational
T&F - Men
Saturday 02/01
Kansas
91
Swim & Dive
207
Saturday 02/01
Vanderbilt
83
Swim & Dive
203
Saturday 02/01
Razorback Team Invitational
T&F - Women
Saturday 02/01
Southern Illinois
0
Tennis - Women
7
   
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05/01/2014
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@RazorbackFB Secondary Embraces Aggressive Approach
Throughout spring practices, Arkansas football head coach Bret Bielema has consistently maintained the secondary has been the Razorbacks’ most-improved unit. That improvement was on display last Saturday at the annual Red-White Spring Game when four different members of the secondary grabbed an interception, including Rohan Gaines’ 31-yard return for a touchdown.

The addition of defensive coordinator and secondary coach Robb Smith from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and defensive backs coach Clay Jennings from TCU has led to the implementation of a more aggressive style in the defensive backfield.

“That’s the way they are being taught,” Coach Bielema said. “Early on, when I began to have conversations with Robb about becoming our defensive coordinator, we were on the same page. He really believes in challenging receivers at the line of scrimmage. He always says ‘Dictate to daylight’. Robb takes an offensive approach to defense as well as you can. He tries to set the tone defensively and make the offense play a little bit left-handed. It allows our corners to play his base technique with a lot more aggressive and physical attitude.” 

Senior safety Alan Turner led the Razorbacks in tackles and ranked seventh in the conference in tackles per game while starting all 12 games last season. The Junction City, Ark., native felt the secondary brought a sense of urgency to spring practice.

“We wanted to take positive strides forward every time we had the opportunity,” Turner said. “I believe we did that throughout spring and in the spring game, and I feel like the defensive backs group as a whole is playing with way more confidence.”

Sophomore cornerback Jared Collins has embraced Coach Jennings’ approach. 

“He’s brought a mentality of physical and mental toughness as well as aggressiveness,” Collins said. “I think it’s helping us a lot to cover people up close.”

Collins, a Tulsa, Okla., native, appeared in 11 games last season and started the final two contests, finishing the year with a season-high six tackles at No. 15 LSU. He felt his unit performed well in the Red-White Spring Game and will utilize competition over the summer to show continued improvement leading into the season. 

“I feel like we played well in the spring game,” Collins said. “We had great ball disruption and we broke up a lot of plays. The competition at our position has helped us all to get better and work on improving our craft every day. When everybody gets better it helps us to compete against the best and be ready for a tough fall.”

With a relationship dating back to Coach Bielema’s time at Iowa, he knew what he was bringing to the Arkansas staff when he hired Coach Smith. Coach Bielema also credits Coach Jennings for the strides made by the defensive backs in just a short amount of time.

“Robb is a very intense guy,” Coach Bielema said. “What I love about what he brings is he wants guys to maximize their strengths. He has made our defense understand that there is going to be accountability for their actions. They have to believe and have faith that the coaches are going to try to put them in the best position, and that’s happened. I think Clay Jennings has single-handedly had as positive of an effect on our DB room as I’ve seen. He’s a detailed teacher. He cares, and he does a great job of balancing the fun of football with the business of football. I couldn’t be happier with those two hires.”

 

The secondary heads into the summer with momentum after taking full advantage of the spring practice sessions. Building into summer workouts and working throughout fall camp that begins in early August, Arkansas gets to showcase its new approach to a national television audience right off the bat in 2014 when the Razorbacks open Aug. 30 at Auburn on the SEC Network.

@ArkCoachLance Talks About the Women’s @RazorbackTF Distance Crew
The Razorbacks posted a highly successful indoor season, in which the women’s distance medley relay team of Stephanie Brown, Chrishuna Williams, Grave Heymsfield and Dominique Scott won the program’s very first DMR National Title at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Earlier in the season, the quartet had set a new school record in the event with a time of 10:51.15 at the Armory Invitational in New York. Following the DMR record-breaking performance, Heymsfield and Scott both surpassed the school record in the 3,000-meter, with Scott setting a new record of 9:02.33 at the Husky Invitational.

The distance crew has been at it again so far during the outdoor season, with Scott breaking the school record in the 5,000-meter, crossing the finish line in 15:42.42. At the same meet, a personal-best performance by Stephanie Brown in the 1,500-meter elite section earned her the top time in the NCAA and the SEC with an effort of 4:11.40.

It’s no secret that the No. 9 Razorbacks have one of the strongest distance squads in the nation. Head Coach Lance Harter sat down to talk about the team’s success, what it takes to get there and how the coaching staff is here to help.

Following a highly successful indoor season, the distance crew has easily transitioned to outdoor competition without missing a beat…
One of the things that my peers have all said is that it’s impossible to have a real successful indoor seasons and have a real successful outdoor season. I beg to differ and I think we’ve proven that thus far. The way we train indoors is very much an important part to the phase of training and racing, but outdoor holds more precedent. It’s a progression throughout the year. If you want to become the best of the best, it’s during outdoor season, not indoor. Ultimately we’re really pleased with the way things are going and with the progression we’ve made into the outdoor season. We’re really proud of what they’ve done and we feel that they have even more to improve on.

The amount of depth displayed on this distance squad is impressive, with strong leaders and young talent all working toward a common goal…
Coaches have great ideas and great plans, and obviously have to serve as leaders. But having leaders from within is key, because peer expectation far exceeds any coaching expectation. Seniors such as Stephanie Brown, Grace Heymsfield, Keri McClary, three seniors, have done a fantastic job of providing that student-athlete versus coaching perspective. We also have Paige Johnston, who left the team for a year and came back with a tenacity that gives a different perspective. That carries down to our younger developers in Sandie Raines, Victoria Feole and Jessica Kamilos, who is only a sophomore. Those are the people who continue to get better and better. In addition, Regan Ward has now qualified for NCAAs. Any time you have a freshman qualify for the NCAAs – indoor, outdoor or cross country – that’s a rare breed. It doesn’t happen that often. They have a tendency to take It for granted, but those of us that have been around a long time really appreciate that they are in a special group who can make it to the elite level of racing and be so young.

The final meet of the regular season is Friday at John McDonnell Field, embellish on the importance of this time of year…
This is the time of year when everything is focused upon in terms of training. If we look at the 2013-14 track season, it really began clear back in July or August of last year and now is approaching that culmination of a lot of hard work, a lot of miles, a lot of sacrifice to achieve their dreams. As a coaching staff our goal is that they realize their dream. When we go way back to cross country season in August, we sit down with each athlete and have them determine their goals and their dreams, then try to make sure we adjust everything to realize those opportunities. So far, knock on wood, we’re on schedule.

 

Arkansas is known for hosting and attending the most elite meets in the nation, how does that attest to recruiting and consistent performances?
The high school world is very encompassing when attending national meets and higher competition, but they also know there is a whole world outside of that, collegiately, then there is a whole other world outside of that, the world scene. It’s kind of a stair step approach. When we ask what their dreams are, what they want to do ultimately, it might take two years, five years, it might even take 10 years.  But if you’re committed to doing it, we’re going to help get you down that path. I think the other thing we try to convey to them is we’re going to build a competition schedule around their abilities but it will always include the best weather we can possibly find, the best facilities we can possibly find, and the best competition that you are capable of competing against. The worst case is taking someone that is a novice and exposing them to the top of the collegiate or world scene. You want to nurture them where they see that they’re making progress, then let them realize they can become a part of the next step. But it goes back to hard work and dedication and keeping everything in perspective. You’ve got to get in, be patient and be consistent.

@RazorbackBSB Travels to No. 10 Ole Miss for Weekend Series
The Arkansas baseball team opens a three-game series at No. 10 Ole Miss tonight, as Trey Killian will take the mound for his 10th start of the year. For a complete preview click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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