NAMPA, Idaho – The No. 2 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team closes out its indoor season this weekend at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. The two-day national meet will be held March 9-10 at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho. Action in the women’s competition begins Friday at 3 p.m. (CT) and continues Saturday at noon with the start of the pentathlon.
The 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships will be streamed live on ESPN3.com Friday, March 9 from 6:30-10:45 p.m. (CT) and Saturday, March 10 from 7-10:15 p.m. NCAA.com and broncosports.com will stream portions of the meet not covered by ESPN3 beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. A tape delay broadcast of the national meet will air Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
"We have one of our largest contingents ever at the national meet," head coach Lance Harter said. "That gives us several opportunities to score which is important because points are very hard to come by with this level of competition. We’re going to be a late-scoring team because a majority of our scoring events are Saturday."
With Monday’s announcement of the 2012 national qualifiers, Arkansas will have 10 entries at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Razorbacks will be represented by eight individuals and two relays, spread among eight events. Arkansas is tied for the second-most entries at the national meet.
Six of the Razorbacks’ 10 entries were NCAA automatic qualifiers with Stephanie Brown at 800 meters, Tara Diebold in the pole vault, Kristen Gillespie in the mile, Tina Sutej in the pole vault and both 4×400-meter and distance-medley relays. Brown also had an NCAA auto mark in the mile but is not entered in the event at the national meet. Sutej, the defending national indoor champion in the pole vault, enters the weekend as the national leader in the event.
Arkansas’ remaining four at-large entries are Makeba Alcide in the pentathlon, Regina George at 400 meters, Whitney Jones at 400 meters and Ivanique Kemp in the 60-meter hurdles. Kemp qualified for the national meet with her performance at the Arkansas Last Chance meet where she broke the school record with a time of 8.13. Her previous season best entering the meet of 8.27 would not have qualified. Of Arkansas’ individual qualifiers, Kemp is the lone Razorback set to make her debut at the NCAA Championships.
In its program history, Arkansas has eight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Indoor Championships, including last year’s fourth-place finish. The program-best finish came back in 2000 with a third-place team result. The Razorbacks have nine indoor national champions.
Based on entries into the national meet, Arkansas remained the No. 2 team in the country in the March 6 release of the USTFCCCA national poll. The Razorbacks are one of six SEC teams ranked this week, along with No. 3 LSU, No. 7 Florida, No. 18 Tennessee, No. 20 Auburn and No. 23 Georgia.
In addition to the video streams, weekend coverage of the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships will include live results via FlashResults.com and an interactive blog. For more information regarding Razorback track and field and University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkasasRazorbacks.com.
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