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Track takes on nation’s best at Tyson Invitational

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Track takes on nation’s best at Tyson Invitational

FAYETTEVILLE – The 15th-ranked University of Arkansas Lady Razorback track team faces some of the nation’s best teams this weekend at the Tyson Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center in what is regarded as one of the best indoor track meets in the country.

Action at the Tyson Invitational begins Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. at which time there is a break before the professional portion of the Tyson Invitational begins at 8:00 p.m. Action continues on Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m.

“We always plan our training around the Tyson Invitational,” Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. “This is the last of our regular season meets and pushes us right into the SEC and NCAA Championships. Some of the nation’s best teams are coming here to run on the national championship track so we have to be ready to compete.”

The Lady Razorbacks are coming off a tremendous weekend of competition where Christine Kalmer broke an Arkansas school record and several Lady’Backs improved their NCAA qualifying marks. Kalmer’s 3,000-meter run eclipsed a seven-year-old record set by five-time all-American Lilli Kleinmann and in an effort to improve her status at the NCAA meet, she is set to compete in the 5,000 meters.

In the sprints, Jessica Cousins has been the leader on the track with NCAA qualifiers in both the 200 and 400-meter runs while Tominque Boatright holds one of the nation’s fastest 400 meter times. Both runners are key components of the Lady Razorback 4×400-meter relay which is scheduled to run in the invitational section of the event on Friday night.

For more information about Lady Razorback track or about Arkansas women’s athletics, please go to LADYBACKS.COM.



Sports Category : Track & Field (W)