A Stellar Weekend: The Lady Razorbacks looked as if they were ready to compete for the long haul this past weekend when they traveled to Austin, Texas, and took home two Texas Relays trophies for the 4×800 and distance medley relays. To go along with the two titles, five Lady Razorbacks qualified for the NCAA Regional meet and two more improved their marks to give the Lady’Backs 19 NCAA qualifiers in just three weeks.
The Two Titles: Coming into 2005, the Lady Razorbacks had only won one Texas Relays Championship and that came in 2000 when Arkansas used Amy Yoder Begley, Tracy Robertson, Daphne Harris and Jessica Dailey to win the distance medley relay. The 2005 quartet of Dacia Barr, Aneita Denton, Paige Farrell and Erica Sigmont doubled Arkansas’ 2000 effort by not only taking the distance medley title, but also the 4×800 giving the Lady Razorbacks three Texas Relays Championship trophies.
Two Meets: The Lady Razorbacks get to compete in a pair of meets this weekend when they head to Los Angeles, Calif., and its suburbs to take on the fields at the Mt. SAC Relays and Pomona-Pitzer Invitational. Beginning on Friday, April 15 at Mt. SAC, the Lady’Backs go to Pomona on Saturday before returning to Mt. SAC on Sunday.
The Mt. SAC Relays: The Lady Razorbacks have a long history at the Mt. SAC Relays and it begins at the top with head coach Lance Harter. Harter was inducted into the Mt. SAC Relays Hall of Fame in 2003 and has been an active participant at the meet for more than 20 years ever since he was a coach at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. With that in mind, the bulk of the Lady Razorback’s races will take place in Walnut, Calif., at Mt. San Antonio College.
Change in the Mt. SAC Schedule: Due to a change in the Mt. SAC schedule this year, the Lady Razorbacks are set to do action on both Friday and Sunday at the meet, but Saturday’s action features high school athletes. This change in schedule will allow the Lady Razorbacks to send more athletes to the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
Concentrating on the Distances: The Lady Razorbacks history with the Mt. SAC Relays has always been in the distance carnival where they have excelled from year to year. Arkansas’ coaching staff hopes for more of the same in 2005 when they concentrate on the distance races again. With 11 of its traveling party of 17 running in races of 1,500 meters or longer, the Lady’Backs are making a big push to qualify athletes for the NCAA regional championships in the 10,000 and 1,500 this weekend.
A 10K Bonanza: Arkansas main event on the weekend is certainly going to be the 10,000-meter run where three Lady’Backs toe the line at Mt. SAC and another at Pomona-Pitzer. Running at 9:20 p.m. on Friday for Mt. SAC and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday for Pomona, Arkansas should have a good idea of how the weekend fairs by Saturday afternoon.
The Weekend Schedule: The Lady Razorbacks will be spread around this weekend with both the Mt. SAC relays and Pomona-Pitzer Invite. Beginning at 3:25 p.m. on Friday at Mt. SAC, Arkansas athletes will compete through 9:20 p.m. pacific. Saturday’s action at Pomona-Pitzer starts at 8:30 a.m. with the 10,000 meters and goes through 5:25 p.m. with the 200 meters with long breaks in between events. Sunday starts at 10:20 a.m. with the 100-meter hurdles and runs through 3:40 p.m.
Trackwire Rankings: The Lady Razorbacks opened the 2005 outdoor track season in a similar position to where they ended the indoor season, tied for 15th with 14 points. In week two of the rankings, Arkansas continues to maintain its 14 points but dropped into a tie for 17th in the rankings with Wake Forest and Washington State. Arkansas is projected to score points in the 800, 10,000 and 100 hurdles at the NCAA Championships this spring.
USTCA Power Rankings: After ending the 2005 indoor season ranked fourth in the country by the USTCA Power Rankings, they opened the 2005 outdoor campaign ranked 35th. While it seems like a large difference, it should be noted that Arkansas has yet to compete in several events this spring bringing their score down.