Wrapping up the NCAA Season: The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships marks the end of the competitive NCAA season for the Lady Razorbacks and the 2004-05 campaign was certainly a good one. Three SEC runner-up performances, a 16th-place NCAA finish in cross country and 19th in indoor track, an individual national champion and seven conference champions were each earned by Lady Razorback athletes.
Next: Following the NCAA Championships, Arkansas’ season is far from over. Several current Lady’Backs are preparing for the USA Senior and Junior Championships which take place June 23-26 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Also moving on are Kasia Williams and Aneita Denton who return to their native Jamaica to compete in their national championship.
2-7-10-11: That’s the order in which Arkansas’ athletes for the NCAA meet were selected. It began with a pair of NCAA Automatic qualifiers in Alison Rush and Beyonka McDowell. Following the NCAA Mideast Regional, that number jumped to seven as Brandy Blackwood, Aneita Denton, Stacie Manuel, Maureen Scott and Kasia Williams each posted top five finishes. The regional meet left three Lady Razorbacks on the bubble to qualify and each was informed that they would compete following the release of the “final” list of athletes on Tuesday, May 31. Those athletes included Dacia Barr, Laura Jakosky and Erica Sigmont. On Thursday, June 2, the NCAA called Lady Razorback head coach Lance Harter and informed him that Penny Splichal was getting an invite to the meet completing Arkansas compliment of 11 athletes.
Last Year at the NCAA Meet: The Lady Razorbacks had a very good showing at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas, when they finished 10th overall. Junior LaShaunte’a Moore won the NCAA title in the 200-meter dash completing an Arkansas sweep of the 200 meter races at the NCAA level while the Lady’Backs also picked up points in the 100, 1,500, 4×100 and pole vault.