FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas women’s track & field team look to follow up their 2018 outing that included a runner-up finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and three individual NCAA Champions with an exceptional 2019 campaign set to tackle a loaded schedule that features 18 days of home competition in the Track Capital of the World. The Razorbacks hosted 14 days of competition in 2018, the most among power-5 conference schools.
“Obviously, we’re excited about the opportunity to host a very competitive schedule indoors and outdoors,” said women’s head coach Lance Harter. “I believe we have ten meets in Fayetteville this season, that’s probably more than any other university in the U.S., as far as hosting competitions. When we look at our schedule, the caliber of athlete and team that we bring to this destination is absolutely phenomenal. The reason that occurs is that over years the legacy that the men’s and women’s programs have established have created an atmosphere that athletes want to come to. They get super excited about the enthusiasm our fans create and we have great officials, and we think we have great athletes to be the hometown favorites. The icing on the cake is hosting the SEC indoor and outdoor championships. A lot of people, a lot of fans, a lot of officials, have noted over the years that the SEC Championships might be the best competition in all of track & field, maybe even surpassing the NCAA Championships themselves. Great head on head competition, fantastic competition across the board, many NCAA champions and All-Americans are present during both meets and we’d like to think that we’ll pack the place and the atmosphere will be absolutely electric.”
Among those 10 Fayetteville-based meets is the return of the best regular season meet in the country, the second annual National Relay Championships, scheduled for April 26-27 at John McDonnell Field. Last year’s relays propelled teams to exceptional finishes at the NCAA meet. On the women’s side, nine of 14 teams at the National Relay Championships finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, while on the men’s side, eight of 16 teams at the National Relay Championships finished in the top 25. Modeled after the flourishing, biennial IAAF World Relays, the National Relay Championships aims to invoke a spirited rivalry among the most competitive and historical college programs in track and field in advance of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Prior to the National Relay Championships, Arkansas will host five meets during the indoor season, culminating with the SEC Indoor Championships Feb. 23-24 at the Randall Tyson Track Center. For Arkansas, this will be the ninth time hosting at Randal Tyson Track Center since 2000 (2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2005, 2002, 2000) with Arkansas’ women taking home titles on three occasions (2000, 2013, 2016).
Following the SEC Indoor Championships, Arkansas will then focus its attention on adding to its NCAA trophy collection (2), traveling to Birmingham, Ala. March 8-9 for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Arkansas Indoor Home Meets
- Arkansas Invitational
- Razorback Invitational – The ONLY national televised regular season college track meet in the country.
- Tyson Invitational – A meet which has seen some of the best indoor marks in the world.
- Arkansas Qualifier
- SEC Indoor Championships – Ninth time in program history to host the SEC Indoor meet.
The outdoor season will feature an additional five home meets that once again will climax with the SEC Championships. Always in pursuit of a Triple Crown, Arkansas will open the outdoor championships season in the hunt for their eighth SEC outdoor title May 9-11 at home in Fayetteville. The SEC meet returns to John McDonnell field for the third time in history (1994, 2006).
Following a stop at the NCAA West Preliminary Round (May 23-25) in Sacramento, California, Harter’s squad will close out the year going for more team gold at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas (June 5-8).
Arkansas Outdoor Home Meets
- Arkansas Spring Invitational
- John McDonnell Invitational
- National Relay Championships – The best regular season meet in the country returns to Fayetteville.
- Arkansas Twilight
- SEC Outdoor Championships – Third time in program history to host the SEC Outdoor meet.
|Friday||Jan. 11||Arkansas Invitational||Randal Tyson Track Center|
|Friday-Saturday||Jan. 18-19||USA Pole Vault Summit||Reno, Nev.|
|Friday-Saturday||Jan. 25-26||Razorback Invitational||Randal Tyson Track Center|
|Friday-Saturday||Feb. 1-2||New Mexico Classic||Albuquerque, N.M.|
|Charlie Thomas Invitational||College Station, Texas|
|New York Armory Invitational||New York City, N.Y.|
|Friday-Saturday||Feb. 8-9||Tyson Invitational||Randal Tyson Track Center|
|Husky Classic||Seattle, Wash.|
|Friday||Feb. 15||Arkansas Qualifier||Randal Tyson Track Center|
|Saturday||Feb. 16||Notre Dame Last Chance Meet||Notre Dame, Ind.|
|Friday-Saturday||Feb. 22-23||SEC Indoor Championships||Randal Tyson Track Center|
|Friday-Saturday||Mar. 8-9||NCAA Indoor Championships||Birmingham, Ala.|
|Friday-Saturday||Mar. 22-23||Arkansas Spring Invitational||John McDonnell Field|
|Wednesday-Saturday||Mar. 27-30||Texas Relays||Austin, Texas|
|Friday-Saturday||Mar. 29-30||Stanford Invitational||Stanford, Calif.|
|Saturday||Apr. 6||The Reveille||College Station, Texas|
|Friday-Saturday||Apr. 12-13||John McDonnell Invitational||John McDonnell Field|
|Thursday-Saturday||Apr. 18-20||Bryan Clay Invitational||Azusa, Calif.|
|Mt. SAC Invitational||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Saturday||Apr. 20||LSU Alumni Gold||Baton Rouge, La.|
|Friday-Saturday||Apr. 26-27||National Relay Championships||John McDonnell Field|
|Friday||May 3||Arkansas Twilight||John McDonnell Field|
|Saturday||May 4||Payton Jordan||Stanford, Calif.|
|Thursday-Saturday||May 9-11||SEC Outdoor Championships||John McDonnell Field|
|Thursday-Saturday||May 23-25||NCAA West Preliminary||Sacramento, Calif.|
|Wednesday-Saturday||June 5-8||NCAA Outdoor Championships||Austin, Texas|
|TBD||TBD||USATF Junior Championships||TBD|
|Thursday-Saturday||July 25-28||USATF Senior Championships||Des Moines, Iowa|
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