Track Renames Home Meet
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas announced on Wednesday that its home meet on April 14 has had a name change and will now be called the John McDonnell Invitational.
The name change was prompted by John Lewis, the President of the Bank of Fayetteville, who made the change to honor the Arkansas head men’s track coach that has won 36 NCAA National Championships in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.
“I recommended that we change the name,” said Lewis. “Track has become increasingly important not only to the University but also to the community since the Randal Tyson Track Center opened. The large crowds that the indoor track has drawn have been beneficial to the athletes competing and to the community as a whole and since track has become highly popular, it was in the best interest of the program to change the name. This allows the track program to sell additional sponsorships for their home meet and allows other agencies to support track to another degreee.”
Prior to the Wednesday name change, the home meet was named the Bank of Fayetteville Invitational for their generous contributions to the Arkansas track and field program’s only home outdoor meet of the year. The Bank of Fayetteville used to host an indoor meet for the Razorbacks prior to the construction of the Randal Tyson Track Center, but moved their support to the outdoor meet to allow Arkansas’ largest indoor contest to be named the Tyson Invitational.
The Arkansas track teams will be on the road this weekend to compete in a Southeastern Conference Quint in Athens, Ga., then will travel to Austin, Texas, for the Texas Relays before hosting the John McDonnell Invitational on Saturday, April 14.
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