Continuing to Improve: The Arkansas Lady Razorbacks continued their steady improvements two weeks ago at the Penn Relays and Cardinal Invitational. In Philadelphia, the sprint medley relay shattered the school record by seven seconds and Jodi Unger won the championship section of the pole vault. The Cardinal meet saw Dacia Barr run a career best in the 1,500 meters and post the ninth fastest time in the country.
The SEC Championships: The Lady Razorbacks are ready for the upcoming SEC Championships at the new John McDonnell Field. Entering the meet unranked for the first time in several years, the Lady Razorbacks do not expect that to hinder their chances of making a run at the conference title which they nearly accomplished last season from an underdog roll.
John McDonnell Field: The facility is not quite done and what is left will probably be noticeable, but the main parts are finished and ready for competition. The track itself has been down for three weeks and the painters finished on Friday despite rain all last week.
Records: It should be noted that the first race in every event at the 2006 SEC Championships is a facility record. Despite the name remaining the same, the change in John McDonnell Field’s dimensions make it a new facility and therefore wipe out the old marks.
Last Year at the SEC Championships: The Lady Razorbacks nearly shocked the conference last season when they scored 124.2 points on way to a second-place finish at the SEC meet. Had it not been for the sprint firepower of South Carolina, Arkansas would have won its fourth overall and second consecutive meet.