Second Again: The Lady Razorbacks had the duvious honor of finishingsecond at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships to LSU. The finish was the second time in three weeks that the Lady Razorbacks finished behind LSU (SEC and Regional).
A Great Weekend: As has been the case for most of the outdoor season, the Lady Razorbacks had a great weekend at the NCAA Mideast Regional. Seven Lady Razorbacks and one relay earned spots at the NCAA meet by finishing among the region’s top five and as a team the Lady’Backs had thier best showing in the five years of the competition by finishing second.
Make that 14: With the release of the final list of competitors for the NCAA Championships, Arkansas was happy to be informed that 13 individuals were selected to compete at the national championship. Several days later Katie Stripling was added to the field making that number 14. Adding a relay runner to that gives the Lady Razorbacks 15 athletes at the national meet, exceeding the most going back to the 2001 season (14 in 2004).
10 Events: What is perhaps most impressive about Arkansas’s 13 indiviuals and relays is that they will compete in 10 of the 21 scheduled women’s events at the national championship. Nine of event prelims are scattered throughout the first two days of competion with the heptathlon running on days two and three.
Championship Experience: What Arkansas brings to the table in 2007 that it didn’t have in 2006 is experience. Of the 14 women that wear cardinal and white, eight participated at the NCAA outdoor meet a year ago.
Last Year at the NCAA Championships: It was a struggle for the Lady Razorbacks in 2006 as they brought nine inexperienced women to the NCAA Championships. Over the course of the first day-plus, each Lady Razorback would be eliminated from competition, but Jodi Unger changed that by qualifying in the pole vault, then the 4×400-relay set a school record. Both would move on to finals on Saturday and earn 10 points combined to tie the Lady Razorbacks for 25th in the final standings.