Another Solid Outing: The Lady Razorbacks continue to improve with each week of the indoor season. In what was supposed to be a weekend off, Arkansas sent five athletes to Norman, Okla., and was impressed by the results. Senior Tiavannia Thompson popped a career best in the 60-meter hurdles to qualify for the NCAA Championships and Lakeisha Martin had career bests in the 60 meters and long jump.
Championship Season: Arkansas’ coaching staff has a philosophy to prepare its athletes for what they call “Championship Season” and that begins this weekend at the SEC meet in Lexington, Ky.
The SEC Championships: Since the millennium, the University of Arkansas Lady Razorbacks have had tremendous success at the SEC Championships no matter what its location. Beginning with the 2000 season, the Lady Razorbacks have three championships, and two second-place finishes in seven meets.
Last Time in Lexington: The Lady Razorbacks would probably like to forget the last time the SEC Championships were held in Lexington, Ky. The 2004 meet featured a pair of international superstars in the making, but despite that, Arkansas placed sixth at the meet, its worst finish at a conference championship since the 1997 season when it placed seventh.
Last Season at the SEC Championships: The 2006 SEC Indoor meet was certainly not Arkansas’ best performance, but did showcase several breakthroughs. Senior Penny Splichal became the first Lady Razorback since the 2003 season to pick up a distance double in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs (ironically, the 2003 championship was also held at the University of Florida). In the middle distances, Dacia Barr and Paige Farrell each grabbed runner-up points in the mile and 800 meters, respectively and Jodi Unger was also a conference runner-up in the pole vault.