FAYETTEVILLE – On the brink of their preseason practices, University of Arkansas Lady Razorback head cross country coach Lance Harter released the Lady Razorbacks’ 2007 schedule on Saturday.
The Lady’Backs are scheduled for eight competitions this fall beginning with the Fayetteville Invitational on Friday evening, Sept. 7 at Agri Park Cross Country Course. The Lady’Back schedule runs through Monday, Nov. 19 where Arkansas hopes to be competing at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.
“We have a strong schedule this fall,” Harter said. “We are traveling to the same competitions as we did a year ago, but the level of competition is stepped up from 2006. The one significant change to this year is that Arkansas hosts the NCAA South Central Regional which should give our fans another chance to see us compete.”
The Lady Razorbacks are scheduled for three home competitions during 2007, up from their customary two. Opening with the Fayetteville Invitational, the Lady’Backs also have the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival, Oct. 13, and the NCAA South Central Regional, Nov. 10, at Agri Park. Arkansas’ home course has been kind to the Lady Razorbacks lately as they went undefeated in Fayetteville last season with dominating wins at both the Fayetteville and Chile Pepper meets.
After the Lady Razorback opener, Arkansas travels to the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, Calif., then goes back to the west coast a week later for the Oregon Invitational, Sept. 28. The Lady’Backs have a meet scheduled for Oct. 6, in Memphis, Tenn., before the Chile Pepper begins the home stretch.
Two weeks after the Chile Pepper, Arkansas travels to Lexington, Ky., for the Southeastern Conference Championships where they hope to defend their league title from a year ago. The Arkansas hosted NCAA regional meet holds the keys to the national championship and again Arkansas returns to the competition as the defending champion. The meet had made a home in Waco, Texas, over the past several seasons, but makes a stop in Fayetteville for the first time ever in 2007.
The NCAA Championships complete the eight-meet schedule with Arkansas hoping to improve upon its impressive fifth-place finish from a year ago at the same location, the Laverne Gibson Sports Complex in Terre Haute, Ind.
For more information about Lady Razorback cross country or about Arkansas Women’s Athletics, visit www.ladybacks.com.