FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 3 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team will head to New York City this weekend for the 11th Annual New Balance Collegiate Invitational. The two-day event will be contested at The Armory, home of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.
"This week, we go to New York and try to keep the momentum going," head coach Lance Harter. "We’ll try to get our distance-medley relay qualified (for the NCAA Championships). We’ll also get our mile relay streamlined and running faster. I think (sprints coach Rolando Greene) is excited about the potential there. This is where we ran some of our faster times last year so we’re excited to get back."
Arkansas remains as the No. 3 team in the country with the release of the Jan. 31 USTFCCCA national rankings. The Razorbacks are one of four SEC teams ranked this week along with second-ranked LSU, No. 18 Tennessee and No. 19 Georgia. Three of the conference’s ranked teams-Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee-will compete at this weekend’s meet.
The field of competition at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational is scheduled to feature 14 teams ranked inside this week’s top 25, including seven of the top-10 teams in the country. In addition to its ranked opposition, Arkansas will also see conference foes from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
Through the first month of the indoor season, the Razorbacks have secured three NCAA automatic-qualifying marks with respective efforts from Stephanie Brown in the 800 meters, Kristen Gillespie in the mile and Tina Sutej in the pole vault. The team also has three other top-five national marks from Regina George in the 400 meters, Tara Diebold in the pole vault and its 4×400-meter relay.
"We’re going to need to keep improving," Harter said. "The SEC just does not ever take a rest. LSU has one of its best-ever teams, Florida also has a great group and there’s someone always lying in wait getting excited about the SEC meet. But we will take things one meet at a time so now we have to go to New York and run fast."
Visit www.armorytrack.com for schedule and live results from the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Download: Notes 3_NB Collegiate Invitational.pdf