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Track Fact Sheet #16

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Track Fact Sheet #16

NCAA Mideast Regional: The gateway to the NCAA Championships, the Mideast Regional features teams from Louisiana to Wisconsin and Arkansas to Ohio in an attempt to claim spots to the NCAA Championships. The 2007 event is the fifth NCAA Regional Championship.

Arkansas at the Regional: The Lady Razorbacks have had success at the NCAA Regional Championships finishing among the top five three times in four competitions and never finishing worse than 10th.

Regional Champions: Arkansas has been awarded with three mideast regional champions over the past four years. The first regional title holder was April Steiner in the pole vault in 2003. She has been followed by the 4×100-meter relay (2004) and Aneita Denton in the 800 meters (2006).

Largest Squad: This spring the Lady Razorbacks qualified 23 student-athletes to the NCAA regional championships, the most ever in the five years of the competition. Due to injury and strategy, Arkansas will compete just 21 at the regional, one off its previous high of 22 set during the 2005 season. Also of note is the fact that Arkansas’s qualifiers come in 14 events.

Qualifying for Nationals: To qualify for the NCAA Championships individual athletes must finish among the top five in their event finals to guarantee a spot. To receive an at-large berth, athletes must be among the top eight at the regional. Relay teams work similar to the individual races, except that the cut off is top three teams for the auto and top five for consideration.

Last Year at the Regional Championships: The Lady Razorbacks had success at the 2006 NCAA Mideast Regional Championship in Knoxville, Tenn. Nine Lady Razorbacks earned a spot at the NCAA meet. As a team the Lady’Backs scored 22 points to finish 10th.



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