Razorbacks Look for 37th National Title at NCA
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After a disappointing third-place finish at the Southeastern Conference outdoor track and field championships earlier this month, the University of Arkansas track and field squad will head to Eugene, Ore., May 30-June 2 for the NCAA Championships.
Seven Razorbacks will travel to the national championships and will compete in nine events in the four-day meet.The Hogs travel to Eugene looking for their 37th national title and will try to retake the title after finishing second last year behind Stanford.
The Razorbacks are looking for their 10th outdoor national title. The Hogs have won eight of the last nine outdoor national championships including eight consecutive 1992-99.
If the Hogs do not win the national title this year, it will be the first time since the 1983 season that the Razorbacks have not won either the indoor or the outdoor national title.
The last time the outdoor national championships were held in Eugene was the 1996 meet. UA head coach John McDonnell and his Razorbacks won their 28th national title beating runner-up George Mason by 15 points.
Senior Kenny Evans is the only Razorback that has won an individual national championship claiming the indoor high jump title in 1998.
Automatic qualifying for the Razorbacks at the NCAA Championships were Kenny Evans in the high jump, Dirk Heinze in the 800 meters, Eddie Jackson in the 110 hurdles, Daniel Lincoln in the steeplechase and Murray Link in the 10,000 meters.
Others competing for the Razorbacks are Sharif Karie in the 10,000 meters, Link in the 5,000 meters and Lavar Miller in the high jump.
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