The Regional Championships: The Lady Razorbacks entered the Mideast Regional hoping to get a few athletes through to the NCAA Championships and thanks to stellar performances by Tominque Boatright, Dacia Barr, Paige Farrell and several others, Arkansas qualified nine marks and times to the NCAA Championships pool. Four of Arkansas’ nine marks were among the top five in the region which guaranteed them a spot at the meet, while the others fell into the top 12 pool that athletes had to make to become eligible.
The End of the Road: The NCAA Championships marks the end of the road for many of the Lady Razorbacks, and perhaps not a bit too soon. For several Lady’Backs their season began in mid August with cross country and continues through the second week of June with the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Nine Qualifiers: Arkansas knew that they would be taking seven to the NCAA Championships following the NCAA Mideast Regional. Between Dacia Barr, Tominque Boatright, Jodi Unger and the 4×400-meter relay, Lance Harter knew he needed at least seven plane tickets. With the release of the accepted entries into the NCAA Championships, Harter’s airfare budget just went up as freshman Christine Kalmer and junior Tiavannia Thompson were accepted into the meet as at-large selections. Sophomore Paige Farrell was also accepted into the 800-meter field, but would have already been to the Championships as a member of the 4×4 relay.
Seven Events: Arkansas may just have nine NCAA Championships qualifiers, but those athletes are spread out between seven events making Arkansas a threat on multiple levels. The events that Arkansas athletes are scheduled to compete in are the 400, 800, 1,500, 5,000, 100 hurdles, 4×400 relay and pole vault.
Last Year at the NCAA Championships: The Lady Razorbacks had a good year at the 2005 NCAA Championships despite finishing 22nd overall. Senior Aneita Denton was the leader as she took the NCAA Championship at 800 meters to become just the third woman in NCAA history to take the NCAA double indoors and out. Junior Stacie Manuel also tallied points for Arkansas as it ended the four-day competition with 11 points. Other participants at the meet included seniors Erica Sigmont, Kasia Williams, Penny Splichal, Laura Jakosky, Alison Rush and Beyonka McDowell, juniors Brandy Blackwood and Maureen Scott and freshman Dacia Barr.