At the Tyson Invitational: The Lady Razorbacks looked like a team ready to compete at the 2005 Tyson Invitational as they set two school records qualified a pair more and had most of its lineup primed and ready. Senior Aneita Denton took the collegiate 800-meter lead when she ran 2:03.91, also setting the UA record, while Brandy Blackwood continued to move up the national weight throw charts with a school record toss of 66-2.5. The best part about the Tyson was watching Arkansas’ athletes compete against most of the best athletes in the nation and hold their own.
The SEC Championships: Perhaps the best collegiate track and field competition in the country, the Southeastern Conference Championships has long been known for its times and marks that qualify for the NCAA Championships and for the fierce competitiveness for the conference title. Last season Florida swept the men’s and women’s titles at the University of Kentucky, but 2005 should introduce several other squads to the championship title picture.
A Blip on the Radar: Arkansas’ participation at the 2004 SEC Championships was marred by illness and injury and because of that the Lady Razorbacks finished sixth overall. The finish was somewhat of an anomaly as Arkansas has been among the top four in the league every season since 1998 and over that time finished out of the top two only once.
Last Year at the SEC Championships: For the Lady Razorbacks the 2004 SEC Championships was all about Veronica Campbell. The eventual two-time Olympic Gold Medalist was Arkansas’ star as she won the 200 meters and finished second in the 60. In the 200, Campbell crushed the SEC Championship record of former LSU star Dawn Sowell by two-tenths of a second when she ran 22.67. Arkansas’ pole vaulters were no slouches at the SEC meet as they claimed two of the top four spots in the competition led by Jennifer Lincoln’s second-place finish.