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The Daily Call – Jan. 16, 2014

BY ANDRES FOCIL
The Daily Call – Jan. 16, 2014
Happy Thursday! Join us TOMORROW, 6 p.m., for@RazorbackTF’s Texas Dual meet at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Check out this Q&A with senior Neil Braddy to put you in the spirit!
@RazorbackTF: Q&A with Senior Neil Braddy
This Friday No. 1 Arkansas welcomes No. 15 Texas to Randal Tyson Track Center for the Texas Dual. This marks the fifth year the Razorbacks and Longhorns will meet in the highly-anticipated, head-to-head meet between two of the nation’s top teams. A tradition that began in 2010, the meet instantly became one of the hottest rivals in college track & field. Neil Braddy is preparing for his fourth and final Texas Dual at Arkansas. The senior talks about the intense competition between some of the most impressive athletes in the NCAA.
There is a buzz about the Texas Dual coming up Friday. What makes this meet stand out from the rest of the meets during the season?
This is meet is a little bit different from all the other meets because we’re going up against just one team. It’s unique. Particularly with the other SEC schools, they don’t have a one-on-one dual meet with another school. I think it’s also a big deal for the SEC and Big 12 because it is two successful schools from powerhouse conferences. It’s intense too, because the coaches really get into it and there is a lot of competition.
Last year you were a member of the champion 4×400 relay team and runner up in the 200 meter dash. What are you expecting this year for your last meet against Texas?
I’m really going to put all my cards out on the table. I’ll be running the 400 meter and anchoring the 4×400 relay. I’m going to go for the win, no question. There are a lot more 400 runners this year than in the past and from what I hear, UT has some guys that are coming out with some serious talent. It gives me a chance to get out there and test what I have after a full offseason. We’ve got our squad together, we’ll go all out and hopefully win it.
You’ve been a part of the tradition for a while now, with this being your fourth Texas Dual. What has been your favorite moment up to this point?
My first year, I came in as a freshman to this big meet and did not know what to expect. I was running the 400 meter and as I stood there warming up, my heart was racing and my blood was pumping. I heard that gun shot, went for it and became the first freshman to win the 400 at the Texas Duals. Being my first year, that was a big deal for me. The coaches liked it and it was a big confidence boost for me early in my career.
This is arguably one of the hottest rivals in college track & field and Arkansas is undefeated in Texas Dual history. What sort of atmosphere can fans expect when they come out to Randal Tyson Track Center this Friday?
The fans can expect a lot of competition. It’s not going to be like any of the other meets. There are only two teams, one winner: Arkansas or Texas. It’s a battle that we’ve never lost, so we have to put all of our effort out there to show that we are not going to have someone come into our own house and teach us a lesson. It’s going to be important that the crowd shows up and gives us the support to do what we need to do. We want our fans to come out so we can show who we are and prove why we are the No. 1 track and field program in the country.
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