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Home meet for No. 7 Razorbacks to open season

01/11/2013
Zach Lawson, Athletic Media Relations
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FAYETTEVILLE – The seventh-ranked University of Arkansas women’s track and field team opens its 2013 campaign Friday with a dual meet against Oklahoma State at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. The meet begins at 4 p.m. (CT) with the 60 meters, long jump and pole vault and wraps up at 6 p.m. with the 4x400-meter relay.

General admission tickets for home meets are $5, while fans 17 years and younger are admitted for free and University of Arkansas students get in free with their valid student ID. Doors at the Randal Tyson Track Center will open at 3 p.m.

“It’s an ideal situation for an opener,” head coach Lance Harter said. “We get to stay home and compete in our own facility. We also have the chance to match up some events with our young people to compete and carry the flag for the University of Arkansas. We’re going to have good competition in the with the opportunity to stretch our legs, shake off the rust a little bit and remind them that Christmas vacation is over.”

Entering the 2013 campaign, the Razorbacks have posted back-to-back top-five national indoor finishes. Arkansas was fifth at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho, and placed fourth at the indoor national meet in 2011. The Razorbacks will begin their season as the No. 7 team in the country with Tuesday’s release of the USTFCCCA preseason poll. Arkansas is one of four top-10 teams from the SEC.

Arkansas’ 2013 roster features eight All-Americans that combined for 18 All-America accolades last season. Four of those All-Americans are scheduled to compete Friday against Oklahoma State with Makeba Alcide, Martine Borge, Gwendolyn Flowers and Ivanique Kemp. Alcide is the defending Southeastern Conference champion in the pentathlon while Kemp is the school-record holder in the 60-meter hurdles.

Flowers is a school-record holder as a member of the Razorbacks’ 4x400-meter and distance-medley relays. Newcomer Sandi Morris was a second-team All-America performer in the pole vault last season at North Carolina. She is slated to make her Arkansas debut Friday.   

Harter returns for his 23rd season as the head coach of the Arkansas women’s cross country and track and field program. Chris Johnson begins his first season as the associate head coach after spending the previous eight years at Penn State. Johnson was a graduate assistant on Harter’s staff in 2003 and 2004. Assistant coach Bryan Compton enters his 15th season at Arkansas.

Friday’s competition is the first of 11 home meets—six indoor and five outdoor—for the Razorbacks this season. Arkansas’ hosting duties will include the 2013 NCAA and SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The indoor national meet will be contested March 8-9, while the conference meet will take place Feb. 22-24. Next weekend, the Razorbacks will travel to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Triangular.

For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.

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